Sean specializes in underwater and research documentary photography with a focus on freshwater systems and conservation issues. He brought his photography skills to IISD-ELA as an Artist-in-Residence from August 25 to 30, 2019.


Sean credits his post-graduate training as a fisheries ecologist for his interest in photography, which has grown into a tool to communicate the science he and his colleagues produce.


I am especially interested in teaching people about the aquatic world and helping foster greater care and appreciation for life beneath the water’s surface.

– Sean Landsman


Check out Sean’s photography from his time at IISD-ELA below and see more of his work at You can also follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

Underwater Photography

Thanks to Sean Landsman’s underwater photography we can see the beauty beneath the surface of our lakes as well as on our shores.

Floating Treatment Wetlands

Not only are floating treatment wetlands cool to look at, they’re also an innovative form of natural infrastructure that can help with water management. Check out Sean Landsman’s photography of our work on floating treatment wetlands in this gallery and learn how to build one here.

Landscape & Nature Photography

During his time as IISD-ELA’s Artist-in-Residence, Sean Landsman brilliantly captured our flora and fauna…and, of course, our lakes.

Field Research Photography

During his stay at IISD-ELA as an Artist-in-Residence, Sean Landsman captured some truly wild creatures: freshwater researchers in their natural habitat.

Fish Photography

As a fisheries scientist himself, photographer Sean Landsman fit in swimmingly with our fish crew, the team responsible for monitoring the general health and well-being of fish species at IISD-ELA. You can learn more about our current research on freshwater fish here.