Shanna Fortier is an award-winning photojournalist based in Colorado. She currently works as a community editor for Colorado Community Media in the South Metro Denver area. Previously, she was the Associate Editor at the Palm Coast Observer, in Palm Coast, Florida.
Shanna enjoys the intimate way of capturing the true feeling of an environment or essence of a moment through the lens of a camera. Photographing offers a unique way of looking at the world. It is her love of traveling, culture, curiosity for the unknown and desire to tell a story that drives her photography.
She has been awarded several photography and reporting awards from the Florida Press Association and the Local Media Association, including the prestigious Robert J. Ellison Memorial Award for Excellence in Portfolio Photography from the Florida Press Association in the 2011 Better Weekly Newspapers Contest.
Her other journalism awards are in feature photography, sports photography, portfolio photography and agriculture and environmental reporting.
Shanna also does mission work in Guatemala. It is there that she has had the privilege not only to document, but to also serve the community of children at a feeding center, Campos de Sueños, a partnership with Iglesia del Camino. Her series of documentary portraits from Guatemala was featured at Hollingsworth Gallery, in Palm Coast, Florida, in October 2013.
Shanna also takes side jobs in photojournalism and lifestyle photography, including but not limited to weddings, engagements, maternity, newborns and portraits, which she approaches in a photojournalistic manor. She will gladly pack her gear for an adventure almost anywhere.