John Sylvester is an internationally published photographer based in Prince Edward Island. He specializes in photographing the people and places of Canada, with an emphasis on the Atlantic region. He divides his time equally between stock photography and assignments for editorial, advertising, corporate, and government clients.

John is a three-time winner of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Northern Lights Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism and Photography.

John's image, Icebergs in fog, Quirpon Island, Newfoundland, was selected a "Highly Honored" winner in Nature’s Best magazine’s Ocean Views photography competition. It was on display, along with other winners, at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, from June through October 2008. It also appeared in the Summer 2008 special Ocean issue of Nature's Best magazine.

His work appears regularly in books, calendars, and magazines, including Coastal Living, Yankee, Country Gardens, Ranger Rick, Canadian Geographic, Our Canada, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest, Explore, Saltscapes, Nature’s Best, Islands, Time, and Outdoor Photography Canada.

His previous books include Island Light, From Red Clay and Salt Water, Images of New Brunswick/Splendeurs du Nouveau-Brunswick, and the children’s geography book, Canada. John lives with his family in Greenvale, Prince Edward Island. You can see more of John’s photography by visiting

(March 29, 2009)  John Sylvester was awarded second place in this year’s Northern Lights Awards For Excellence in Travel Journalism and Photography. His photography illustrating the feature story, “Of Ice and Men,” about Newfoundland’s northern peninsula, appeared in the June 2008 issue of COASTAL LIVING magazine. The award was presented April 22, 2009, during Canada Media Marketplace at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. This is John’s third Northern Lights award.

John is a contributing photographer to PhotoSensitive's "Cancer Connections" project. Find out more at 
About John’s previous books
Island Light (Nimbus 2002; $29.95) is a collection of images that reflect John's passion for the unique rural and natural landscapes of his Island home.

“Island Light invites us to be touched by the simple beauty of Prince Edward Island — a beauty that inspires loyalty in the people who live here and longing in the people who visit. Whether picturesque or abstract, John Sylvester’s photographs reflect both a sense of wonder at Prince Edward Island’s natural beauty and a photographer’s sense of timing.”

From Red Clay and Salt Water — Prince Edward Island and its people (Ragweed Press 1994; $27.95):

"Sylvester has lovingly captured the light and colour of the island's gently varied landscape, and played them against portraits of Islanders….Their words and Sylvester’s pictures make PEI a vivid reality for those who come from away."
Islands: An International Magazine

"It is in landscape photography…that Sylvester shines — using colour and form brilliantly to create stark, architecturally precise images that evoke the feeling of a Christopher Pratt painting."
Canadian Geographic