A Great Honor!

Posted on August 14, 2012



Over the course of my photographic career I’ve been privileged to have had a ringside seat to some of the most amazing animal events within natures’ wild. Not only have I observed these behaviors, but have had the good fortune to capture most of it on film. It has indeed been an incredible journey.

It is amazing how a man made piece of equipment called a camera can literally change the way a person views the world around him. Colors, be it the full bloom of early spring flowers or the autumn’s dramatic vibrancy consisting of stunning reds and golds, have become much more significant and meaningful. Crimson sunrises over the water, the amber afterglow of a late summer sunset reflecting off distant clouds and early morning fog burning off through the aspens are all special moments that bring each of us feelings of tranquility. These magical times are always a bit different with no two of them being the same. I’ve learned to recognize these differences by the way the light cascades across whatever my subject matter may be. Each day, and at times each moment, brings a fresh new perspective on which to view the setting or animal I’m about to photograph.


From bees to elephants, lions to daisies, moose, elk, rams, turkeys, deer, and many other species belonging to God’s creation; I’ve clicked the shutter well over ½ – million times capturing memories and exposures to bring back to my audience. And now, at this point in my career I have been bestowed an honor that has left me both humbled and grateful.

I was asked by one of my Face Book friends, “Did winning the award excite you as much as seeing this moment and catching it on film to share with others?” My response to this is, I was both pleasantly surprised and extremely humbled by receiving this award however, nothing can compare to the pleasure and gratification I routinely experience in being natures invited guest behind my camera lens.

The following is the winning image and press release:


Bernier Takes Top Honor In Tunica, MS


POMA Pinnacle Awards Presented by Mossy Oak


Tunica, MS – August 3, 2012 – R.G. Bernier of Standish, Maine has won this year’s coveted POMA Pinnacle Award in the Photography Category for his image, “Two Fawns Feeding.” This full page photograph appeared in the summer 2011 issue of Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine. This is Bernier’s second Pinnacle Award, winning his first back in 2009 in the Magazine Category. The awards were presented during the Annual Business Conference on Friday night, Aug. 3, during the NRA dinner/banquet in Tunica Mississippi.

POMA’s Pinnacle Awards are the highest honor the organziation can bestow upon its media members for their creative works. The Pinnacle Awards are presented by presenting partner Mossy Oak during POMA’s Annual Business Conference.

In 2006, Mossy Oak joined forces with the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) as the title partner of the organization’s prestigious Pinnacle Awards, which honor journalistic excellence among POMA members. Mossy Oak has been the presenting partner of the Pinnacle Awards since their inception.

The Pinnacle Awards honor journalists annually for exceptional journalistic achievement in traditional outdoor sports-focused magazine writing, newspaper/Web writing, photography/illustration, broadcasting and conservation journalism.

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© 2012 R.G. Bernier Nature Photography – All rights reserved.

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