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Best Series Photo

In February 2020, I drove up to the airfield near Priest Lake to watch the 50th  Priest Lake Sled Dog Race.

When I came home, I knew I had some winning photos. Award-winning photos, that is. 

I submitted the blog post, He Was Mad He Didn’t Get to Run Further, into the 2020 Dog Writer’s Association awards, a long-running national competition.

It won! I was so stoked because winning an award for a series of photos demonstrates my ability for storytelling with my camera.


More awards with DWAA

In addition to winning the Maxwell Medallion for Best Series Photo in the Dog Writers Association of America awards, I’ve been a multicategory finalist for two years running.


Newspaper Articles — Any Topic

Walking with dogs: Remembering faithful hiking buddies on “Rainbow Bridge” day

Online Article or Blog Entry — Any Other Topic

Service Dogs: A journey of love, independence and “normal” living

Single Photo

The Love of a Dog

dog owner hugs her beagle


Blog or Website

The now-defunct Noses & Toes Pet Photography website

Online Article or Blog Entry — Rescue

Rainbow Bridge: Losing the Loves of Our Lives

Single Photo

My Happy Place


bella the maremma sheepdog at Lake Agnes in Banff National Park, Alberta

Other awards


In 2018, my second full year of business, I was named the Silver level winner of the Photographer category in the Spokane Couer d'Alene Living magazine's Best of the City awards. Totally threw me off guard.


A long time ago, I was a sports writer in Canada. I was the 1996 Sports Columnist of the Year for the Atlantic Canada Newspaper Association and the 2002 Cariboo Press Sports Writer of the Year. I also twice finished third in Sports Writer of the Year in the British Columbia/Yukon Community Newspaper awards.

Hiking with Dogs in The Spokesman-Review

Every month, I write a feature story about hiking with dogs for the Outdoors section of Spokane’s newspaper, The Spokesman-Review. Click the headline to read all about.

A few good reasons why it’s best to keep our besties on leash while we’re hiking.

Haven in Idaho gives injured dogs a second-chance at adventure

Don’t give up on specially abled dogs. They have superpowers and are eager to go on adventure.

My dog-eared, beaten-up copy of this guidebook tells the tale of its use.

A perfect snowy trek despite declining health

Hiking with Bella allows me to escape our struggles with her health.

Get the top tips on winter hiking with your dog in Spokane, from an expert! I talked to world-class skijoring athlete Dan Hanks.

Melissa Gray chats me about good behavior on group hikes with dogs.

Hiking with her pitbulls gives Kate Rau the confidence to hit the trails on her own.

Joshua Waddle will never hike alone again. Dexter’s spirit walks beside him always.

What the heck does it mean to be in “hiking shape” anyway?

The debut column … all about why hiking is so much better when your best friend is with you.

Let's get dirty!

We’ll get started with a quick chat to go over all the dirty details and then we’ll plan your Adventure Day session. Let the magic begin!

Angela Schneider of Big White Dog Photography acknowledges that the work she creates occurs on the traditional, ancestral and unceded homelands of the Indigenous tribes and First Nations of the Pacific Northwest who have cared for these spaces and places for thousands of years.