A native of Alberta, Roger Vernon solidified his love for life behind the camera at the age of 13 when his parents presented him with a film processing kit. Watching those black and white images emerge off the paper in the dark room fuelled his imagination.  He has gone on to combine his love for the mountains and his desire to make images into a flourishing career as an internationally respected cinematographer. 

While his roots stem from the documentary world, Roger has applied his skills throughout the genres in motion picture photography for over 40 years. TV commercials, educational and fictional films are all part of his visual language.  Among his areas of expertise he is internationally recognized for his mountain and adventure related subjects, which have taken him into the most remote corners of the globe.  Producers, studios, and individuals alike, have all come to know him as the “go to” guy if the conditions for shooting are remote and or challenging.

Roger now largely contributes to feature length dramas, most notably Unforgiven, the 1992 western that was nominated for best cinematography and won four Academy awards including Best Picture. An eclectic mix of outdoor skills and technological acumen have rewarded him with a specialized career as a second unit cameraman.  Recent productions that include his 2nd unit work are: Stephenie Meyer's popular series - The Twilight Saga, Godzilla, 50 Shades of Grey and Deadpool to name but a few. 

Through the years he has garnered numerous nominations for direction and his photography. He is the recipient of a Gemini Award for cinematography and ten awards from the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association. Additionally, he has been awarded the Golden Sheaf for cinematography from the Yorkton Film Festival, The Kodak Spectrum Award, recognition for “Best Cameraman’s Work” from the Moscow Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films and a Certificate of Merit from the British Guild of Television Cameramen.

In addition to his achievements as a cinematographer, Roger has earned admiration from his peers for his dedication to mentoring the next generation of filmmakers. He continues to be a contributing mentor to the Women in the Director’s Chair Workshop held annually at the Banff Centre.

Among the high points of his career has been the recognition afforded him by the Summit of Excellence Award, which was presented to him by The Banff Festival of Mountain Films in recognition of a “significant contribution to mountain life in the Canadian Rockies”.

Roger has had the good fortune to experience the world and some of its people through his lens.  While he has traveled to China, Tibet, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Africa, Europe, and New Zealand, he says that nowhere inspires him quite like the Canadian Rockies, which is why he continues to return to his home in Canmore, Alberta.





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