In recognition of his artistry and outstanding achievements, Carl has received numerous arts awards, as well as, the Vanier Award - given annually to five outstanding Canadians, an Honorary Law Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and being honoured in CBC’s “100 years of Aviation History,” named "One of Canada’s Top Adventurers” and recipient of a 1st runner-up Roloff Beny Award for the best Canadian photography book. As a sought-after keynote speaker, Carl has shared his inspiring story with over 800 audiences in North America.
His work has been requested by the The Smithsonian Institution, and has been used in research and cultural documentation work, magazines and newspapers; such as Canadian Geographic, Photo Life, en Route, Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star.
He has six best-selling books in Canada, with his most recent 7th book - "A Bird's-Eye View".
Carl is one of the lead artists of the "Illuminative Forest of Storytelling Trees" exhibit—an inter-arts touring installation that uniquely explores aspects of the human experience through the lens of 'storytelling trees,' and an artistic co-director of the theatrical production “Stories Within The Forest.”
Carl is currently writing his biography, sharing his extraordinary life story of adventure, risk-taking, and perspective.
Carl Hiebert's portfolio as an author, artist, adventurer is diverse.
His work has led him to explore 22 countries and cultures around the world.
His work includes: This Land I Love, The Grand River, and Gift of Wings - the iconic flight and book that made aviation history, as well as, Keepers of the Land - a book documenting and celebrating the work of Canadian farmers (which was completed while driving a 1949 tractor across Canada).
Other works include: documenting the Bedouin culture in Jordan, the HIV/Aids pandemic,“ Paroles et Lumieres-Where Light Speaks," a celebration of the Haitian country, culture, people, and“ Us Little People” - a reflection of Old Order Mennonite children in Waterloo Region, representing a 7-year study of a culture never previously photographed.
Carl's projects include partnering with members of the Wahgoshig First Nation, the Métis communities, and in southern Egypt, teaching children to explore and document their community through the lens of a camera.
Carl was the co-director, writer, and producer of the ground-breaking independent film, "Window In The Ice," - documenting scuba diving under ice.