Aaron Vincent Elkaim


Aaron Vincent Elkaim is a Canadian documentary photographer. Aaron approaches his work with a focus on narratives where culture, history and environment collide. 

Since 2011 Aaron has committed himself to exploring regions where cultures still connected to the natural world are being impacted by development. For Aaron, photography offers a motive to seek out, explore and better understand humanity and its condition in our rapidly evolving world. He believes it is vital to document with purpose and embraces the subjective nature of photography while understanding the importance of varied perspectives and the bigger picture. While highlighting important human and environmental rights issues, Aaron addresses the need to protect nature by revealing our profound connection it.
Aaron’s work has been recognized by a number of institutions including the 2014 Oskar Barnak Award, 2012 Daylight Photo Award, American Photography, the Magenta Foundation, Photolucidia, PDN, the Lucie Awards, and FotoVisura, among others. His clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, VISION Magazine, Maisonneuve, Macleans, The Canadian Press and The Globe and Mail.


  • 2016

    • Alexia Foundation, Grant Winner

  • 2014

    • Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Top 50

    • Society of Publication Designer Awards, Gold Award

    • Photovisura Grant, Finalist

    • Hannover Lumix Photojournalism Festival, Selected

    • Prix Voies Off Rencontres d'Arles, Selected Photographer

  • 2013

    • Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer, Selected

    • National Newspaper Award, News Feature Photo, Canada

    • National Magazine Award Photojournalism Category, Finalist

    • Photovisura Grant, Finalist

  • 2012

    • Daylight Photo Award, 1st Place

    • AnthropoGraphia, Honourable Mention

    • Photolucida Critial Mass, Top 50

  • 2011

    • TED-X UTHP Speaker, Toronto

    • Fotographia International Photography Festival, Rome, Special Mention

    • Prix Voies Off Rencontres d'Arles, Selected Photographer

    • The Canadian Journalism Foundation, Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award

  • 2010

    • NY Photo Festival, HM Photo Essay

  • 2009

    • News Photographers Association of Canada POY, Multimedia 3rd place

  • 2008

    • Eddie Adams Photography Workshop, USA Reuters Assignment Award

    • Photo Life, Emerging Photographer Award