Photography Education

  • 1988 Intelligence Photography School, U.S. Navy, Yokosuka, Japan
  • 1990-94 Selected Photography Coursework, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


  • 2020 Second Place, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute photo contest
  • 2017 Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award for Excellence in Still Photography, Film, or Video (Alaska Conservation Foundation)
  • 2017 Silver Medal, “Green Living & Sustainability,” 2016 Nautilus Book Awards, for Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska’s Bristol Bay
  • 2017 Gold Medal, “West-Pacific – Best Regional Non-Fiction,” 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska’s Bristol Bay
  • 2016 Two Honorable Mentions, North Pacific Research Board Photo Contest
  • 2014 Honorable Mention, Wilderness Forever Photography Competition, Nature’s Best Photography
  • 2010 Winner, “Environmental Issues” category, Windland Smith Rice International Awards
  • 2010 Artist Fellowship, Rasmuson Foundation
  • 2010 Winner, National Natural Landmarks Photo Contest, National Park Service
  • 2009 Artist-in-Residence, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
  • 2009 Artist-in-Residence, Badlands National Park, SD
  • 2009 Career Opportunity Grant, Alaska State Council on the Arts
  • 2007 Artist-in-Residence, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, AK
  • 2005 First Place, Scenics, Alaska Magazine Annual Photo Contest
  • 2004 Second Place, Sports & Events Competition, Professional Photographers of America
  • 2003 Best in Wildlife, Alaska WILD, Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers
  • 2001 Best in Nature, Alaska WILD, Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 Nocturnal Pursuits: Chasing the Aurora, SteamDot Coffee, Anchorage, AK
  • 2017 Arctic Wonders, Anchorage Community Theater, Anchorage, AK
  • 2013 Where Water is Gold: A Photographic Journey of the Bristol Bay Region, Snow City Café, Anchorage, AK
  • 2011 Alaska’s Waters, Side Street Espresso, Anchorage, AK
  • 2010 Alaska: A Land Shaped by Water, Fireweed Gallery, Homer, AK 2010 Wildness in the West, Europa Café, Anchorage, AK
  • 2009 Icons of Alaska, Anchorage Visitor Information Center, Anchorage, AK 2008 Nature’s Details, Kinley’s Restaurant, Anchorage, AK
  • 2006 An Alaskan Autumn, Borders Books & Music, Anchorage, AK

Group Exhibitions

  • 2014 Voices of the Wilderness; Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Sitka, Homer, Kenai, and Ketchikan, Alaska
  • 2011 Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
  • 2001- Alaska WILD, traveling exhibit, Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers
  • 2005, NOTE: AlaskaWILD has exhibited in many locations, including the International Photography
  • 2008 Hall of Fame, University of Minnesota Bell Museum, Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center,
  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Valdez Museum


Personal Books

Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska’s Bristol Bay (Braided River 2016)


Our Arctic Nation (U.S. State Department, 2017) (contributing photos and essay); Briot, Alain, How Photographs are Sold: Stories and Examples of How Fine Art Photographers Sell Their Work (2014) (featured); Allen, Timo, Arctic Citadel: A History of Exploration in the Brooks Range Region of Northern Alaska (National Park Service 2013) (cover), Leippi, Sharon, Fire & Ice: Alaska - Baked, Blended & Sauteed (Frosty Books 2012), Nargi, Lela, Knitting Around the World (MBI Publishing 2011); Stadem, Catherine, The History of Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska 1915-2005: From a Wilderness Tent to a Multi-Million Dollar Stage (Edwin Mellen Press 2009) (cover); Alaska Park Science (National Park Service 2009); Bob Nicoll, Remember the Ice and Other Paradigm Shifts (Remember the Ice, LLC 2009) (cover)

Select Periodicals

Alaska, Alaska Beyond, Anchorage Daily News, Backpacker, The Daily Record (Scotland), Endless Vacation, High Country News, International Journal of Wilderness, Issues (Australia), Naturfreundin (Germany), National Geographic, National Parks, Nature Photographer, Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, PDN Magazine, South Dakota, The Telegraph (London)

Selected Presentations

  • 2020 “Nocturnal Obsession: Chasing and Photographing the Aurora Borealis,” Flatirons Photo Club (Boulder, CO)
  • 2020 “Ethical Wildlife Photography,” a Wildlife Wednesdays presentation for the Alaska Wildlife Alliance
  • 2017- “The Mystery of the Aurora Borealis” and “Alaska: Off the Beaten Path,” Enrichment Lecture,
  • 2019 Princess Cruise Lines (Island Princess, Golden Princess and Royal Princess)
  • 2018 “Chasing & Photographing the Aurora Borealis,” webinar, North American Nature Photography Association
  • 2018 “The Mystery of the Aurora Borealis,” Eagle River Nature Center, Alaska
  • 2017 “Where Water is Gold: Alaska’s Bristol Bay,” Suquamish Museum, Washington
  • 2017 “Experience the World’s Greatest Sockeye Salmon Run,” Filson flagship store, Seattle
  • 2016 “Where Water is Gold,” Enrichment Lecture, Princess Cruise Lines, (Grand Princess, Crown Princess)
  • 2012 “Bristol Bay: Where Water is Gold,” Alaska Prospector’s Society, Anchorage, AK
  • 2011 “Get Inspired!” and “Creative Composition,” Anthony Robbins Platinum Partners, Zambia and South Africa
  • 2009 “Badlands and Rocky Mountain: Opportunities as a National Park Artist-in-Residence,” Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers, Anchorage, AK
  • 2009 “Celebrating our Public Lands,” Denali Backcountry Lodge, Denali National Park, AK 2007 “Montana’s Flathead Valley,” Alaska Prospector’s Society, Anchorage, AK


Print Media

  • Carl Johnson’s Photo Stories,” a series of travel pieces about remote Alaska written for
  • “’Where Water is Gold’ by Carl Johnson – Close-Reading Pebble Mine,” Anchorage Press, June 22, 2020
  • “Protecting the Great Land: Alaska companies are embracing suistainable tourism practices,” Alaska Beyond, Feb. 2020
  • “Where Water is Gold – Carl Johnson photographs life and livelihood in Alaska’s Bristol Bay,” Outdoor Photographer, July 2017
  • “Advice for shooting and supporting wildlife photography projects,” PDN Magazine, Apr. 2017
  • “Photographer observes Bristol Bay,” Peninsula Clarion, February 23, 2017
  • “From the Black Hills to the Brooks Range: A Visually Inspiring Journey from South Dakota to the Arctic,” Our Arctic Nation (U.S. State Department), Dec. 2016
  • “Photo Books of 2016: A Roundup,” PDN Magazine, Dec. 2016
  • “Recommended reading to take you into the next year,” High Country News, Nov. 14, 2016
  • “Visually stunning Bristol Bay book paints Pebble mine as clear villain in Alaska,” Alaska Dispatch News, Oct. 15, 2016
  • “Carl Johnson’s new book examines Alaska’s Bristol Bay,” PDN Magazine, Oct. 2016
  • “Book reflects Bristol Bay’s beauty,” Alaska Sporting Journal, Aug. 17, 2016
  • “Writers Contribute to Bristol Bay Photography”, The Bristol Bay Times, April 3, 2015
    “Celebrating Salmon in Alaska’s Bristol Bay,” World Wildlife Foundation, August 8, 2013
  • “Alaskan photographer to focus on national park’s badlands,” Alaska Journal of Commerce, April 21, 2009
  • “Photographer gets Badlands residency,” Rapid City Journal, April 8, 2009

Broadcast Media

  • Interview, “Daybreak,” KTVA, Anchorage, AK, July 19, 2017
    “Outdoor Explorer,” Alaska Public Media, March 23, 2017
  • “What’s Up Bainbridge,” Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, March 20, 2017
  • Interview, Around the Lens podcast, March 7, 2017
  • Interview, KDLG Radio, Dillingham, AK, June 24, 2016
  • Guest Appearance, “Wild West Alaska,” Animal Planet, Season 2, episode “Hell on Wheels,” 2014
  • Interview, “Morning Line,” KNBA Radio, Anchorage, AK, September 5, 2013
  • Interview, KDLG Radio, Dillingham, AK, July 23, 2013
  • Interview, “The Camille Conte Show,” Online Broadcast, Anchorage, AK, July 18, 2013
  • Interview, KDLG Radio, Dillingham, AK, May 29, 2013
  • Guide, “Wild Photo Adventures,” PBS, Season 4, Episode 10, 2013
  • Guest Appearance, “The Shannyn Moore Show,” KOAN Radio, Anchorage, AK, December 20, 2012
  • Interview, KEVN Black Hills FOX, May 2009



  • Anchorage Grand Hotel, Anchorage, AK
  • Sedor Wndlandt Evans & Filippi, Anchorage, AK


  • Moraine Park Visitor Center, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO Ben Reifel Visitor Center, Badlands National Park, Interior, SD
  • Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, Fairbanks, AK


Tony Robbins, Getty Images, Holland America Group, National Park Service, Visit Anchorage,


Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers, North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, Nikon Pro Services, Alaska Tourism Industry Association, Visit Anchorage