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Leah is a 17-year- old student at Collingwood Collegiate Institute. She lives in the town of Collingwood, Ontario, Canada (pop. 19,000). Collingwood is situated on the southern point of Georgian Bay, which is a part of Lake Huron. She has been taking pictures since the summer of 2012 when she bought herself a used Canon EOS Rebel T2i from a local store. Much of her photography education has come from viewing the lecture series ‘Fundamentals of Photography’ by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Joel, who has been mentoring Leah since 2012, says of Leah, “If she sticks with it, I think she’s well on her way to becoming not just a good photographer, but a great photographer, and I’m not kidding.” Lana Slezic, a photojournalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Macleans and TIME, says, “…[Leah’s work] has a sensitivity which is lovely….” Since 2015, Leah, with the encouragement of Joel, has been focusing on portraiture, and, in particular, photographing the homeless. She counts among her biggest influences in this regard, the British photographer Lee Jeffries. Leah has had several solo photography exhibitions, and has been a gallery artist at the Mad & Noisy Gallery in Creemore, Ontario. In October of 2015, one of Leah’s photographs won first prize in the Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts Photography Contest. She was recently the subject of a documentary that was shown on CBC’s ‘The National.’ After graduating from high school Leah plans to study photography at a collage or university.

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