Beyond a curiosity or a passion, wildlife and the outdoors are a part of Ryan Tidman’s DNA.
Growing up reading National Geographic magazines and watching natural history series like Planet Earth, he fell in love with all things in nature. And, after completing studies in Biology 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.
Which is what took him west to Canada’s West Coast; landing on Vancouver Island where he now spends his days zeroing in on the flora and fauna—both above and below the water—that spots British Columbia’s coastline.
Ryan is always looking for an excuse to get into the action and document and participate in conservation efforts wherever he can. Since arriving on the coast, he has worked for several environmental non-profits including SeaLegacy and Pacific Wild. He is now freelancing, shooting his own stories, and filming for National Geographic, Disney, and Netflix.
In 2020, Ryan worked with Pacific white-sided dolphins and northern resident killer whales in the Broughton Archipelago, Polar bears in Canada’s arctic, Grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest, Gulls in Niagara Falls, and more.
His partnership with Mustang Survival is helping him chase his dreams; where conservation and content creation overlap, and where his work acts to educate, motivate and empower others to do their part to keep the outdoors and the earth’s wildlife exactly that: wild.
- Coastal wolves are his favorite species on the British Columbia coast
- He’s swum with Great White, Tiger, Hammerhead, Oceanic white-tip, Bull, Reef, Nurse and lemon sharks
- Four of his cameras have been lost to the ocean
- Camps out in his Westfalia as often as he can