Ryan Wunsch, 39, of Leader, Sask., is a visual advocate for Saskatchewan through photographs that strike a chord with nearly all who see them.

A celebrated and mainstream fixture on multiple channels, Ryan's ability to capture quintessential Saskatchewan imagery through his lens has led him to become one of the province's leading landscape photographers.

Awe-inspiring images of feature subjects range from summer storms and prairie landscapes, to aurora borealis, starry skies and abandoned relics. By capturing the Prairies' beauty and spirit, passion for his craft is evident with inspiring photos, which commonly go viral.

Ryan is active online, with tens of thousands of people over multiple networks who make up his impressive and loyal following.

Thanks to many features, profiles and the sharing of his work by major publications such as Huffington Post, Canadian Geographic and National Geographic, his work celebrates and creates positive perceptions of Saskatchewan, putting the province on the map internationally.

The winning submission above was written by a nominator.

Touch base with Ryan on Twitter at @ryanwunsch and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #CBCFuture40.

View all the nominee submissions at CBC Saskatchewan Future 40.