Growing up reading National Geographic magazines and watching natural history series like Planet Earth, Tidman fell in love with all things in nature. And, after completing studies in Environmental Sciences and Visual Communications at the University of Guelph and the Royal Ontario Museum respectively, he found himself taking every opportunity to get behind the camera lens and document Canada's most iconic animals and landscapes.

After finishing school in 2017, he spent over three years working with National Geographic photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier and their ocean conservation non-profit, SeaLegacy. During his time with SeaLegacy, he developed a deep understanding of documenting the natural world, sharing conservation issues, and, most importantly, conveying science communication effectively through photography and film. Fortunately, as part of the expedition team, he had the opportunity to travel the world documenting ongoing conservation efforts.

In 2020, Tidman left SeaLegacy to freelance. Since then, he has split time between photography and cinematography, working with leaders in the industry. He is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, an Arc'teryx Ambassador, and a Mustang Survival Representative. He is represented by KMG Management and a member of their Global Crew.

Tidman is always looking for an excuse to get into the action and document and participate in conservation efforts wherever he can. If you would like to work with Ryan, you can reach him through his website or via email at info@ryantidman.com.


2022: Nominated as a Fellow into the Royal Canadian Geographic Society

2022: Recipient of Trebek Initiative grant to document British Columbia's black bears

2022: Awarded the cover image of Canadian Geographic's Best Wildlife Photography of 2022 special feature magazine

2022: First blue-chip natural history series released America the Beautiful streaming on Disney+

2022: Published in Canadian Geographic Remote Paradise: the wonder of B.C.’s Triangle Island

2021: Joined the International League of Conservation Photographers as an Associate Fellow

2021: Joined KMG Management for natural history filmmaking

2021: Nominated for Premier's Award in the category Recent Graduate by Ontario Colleges

2021: Runner-up, Canadian Geographic, Wildlife Photography Competition

2020: Photography featured in The Narwhal, Vancouver Island Marmots

2020: First full feature publication, Triangle Island, Oceanographic Magazine

2020: Joined the Arc’teryx Victoria Ambassador team

2020: Partnered with Mustang Survival as a Brand Ambassador

2020: Became a freelance photographer and filmmaker

2018-2020: Assistant to National Geographic's Paul Nicklen

2017-2020: Digital Asset Manager & Field Assistant with SeaLegacy

2017: Coordinated Canada's Oceans: Towards 2020 for the Royal Ontario Museum      

2017: Post-graduate certificate in Environmental Visual Communication from Fleming College & the Royal Ontario Museum

2017: Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences from The University of Guelph

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