Maria Szemplinska

I am a freelance photographer based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Photography is an inseparable part of my entire life, at one point taken seriously enough to upgrade my knowledge and skills and to get my Professional Photographer credentials from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.

I photograph everything, but my favourite subjects are people and this can be seen in most of my projects, in areas like Portraits, Events, Sports Photography, Journalism, Documentary, and Fine Art.

Occasionally a competitive soul wakes up in me and lets me participate in Photo Contests, from time to time winning some. I took part in two CONTACT Photography Festivals in Toronto. During one of them, my photograph won a People’s Choice Award. I have had four solo exhibits.

However, I am most known for my Soaring Photography, which I developed by spending years of crewing for my husband, a soaring pilot, and being witness to people participating in this exciting sport and lifestyle. My soaring photography is published in most soaring publications, books, calendars, websites, and is privately enjoyed by many friends sharing this beautiful sport.




1997 – Portraits and Landscapes, Mississauga Art Centre, Mississauga, ON

2006 – “Family Matters”, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga, ON, part of “A Month of Photography”, a juried show, invitation by Fausta Facciponte

2009 – “Sister”, Gallery Streetsville, Mississauga, ON, part of CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival

2012 – “Yet Unforbidden”, Toronto, ON, Junction BIA, part of CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, juried and by invitation show, I was the winner of the People’s Choice Award




  • Life Refined / Living Life Well, Magazine, US
  • AOPA Pilot, The Voice of General Aviation, Magazine, USA
  • Rhöen-Adler by P.F Selinger, book, Germany
  • Maitriser le vol à voile by Bernard Eckey, book, Australia
  • Macleans, magazine, Canada
  • Air Canada, enRoute edition, Toronto+Montreal, magazine, Canada
  • Photo Life, Canada
  • Cloudstreet Journal, Sourcebook Publications, LLC, digital gliding magazine, USA
  • B/W Magazine, USA
  • Sailplane & Gliding, magazine, Great Britain
  • Gliding International, magazine, New Zealand
  • Soaring Magazine, magazine, USA
  • Free Flight, magazine, Canada
  • Aerokurier, magazine, Germany
  • Segelfliegen, magazine, Germany
  • The West Wind, magazine, USA
  • Aviation Fan, magazine, Japan
  • Pasjonat, magazine, Canada
  • Lotnictwo Aviation, magazine, Canada
  • Rigdewind, newsletter, USA
  • The Ottawa Citizen, newspaper, Canada
  • Just Cameras Photobook from TTC Adventure, Canada
  • Wiadomości, newspaper, Canada
  • Goniec, newspaper, Canada




  • B/W winter landscapes as part of ArtSite Expo 96, Toronto, ON
  • Contest “Toronto at Work and Play”, I won 3rd place out of over 100 contestants publicly displaying their work with my photograph “Girls from the Neighbourhood”
  • Glen Manor Showcase House, Stoney Creek, ON, series of my landscape photos used to decorate rooms in a project of Interior Design students from Sheridan College
  • Open House at Sheridan College, I had a photo exhibit of adobe architecture and landscapes of NM
  • Mississauga Contest organized by Just Cameras, winning a couple of times and participating in their outings and workshops
  • Photo Life Magazine, my photos were selected a couple of times for the section “Photo Life’s Showtime Contest”