A creek still bears the family name where Willy’s ancestors settled in northern Grey County during the 1840’s. A self taught photographer, Willy Waterton spent 35 years as a full time photojournalist at the Owen Sound Sun Times daily newspaper. During his tenure as chief photographer, he oversaw the transition from black and white to colour then finally to digital. His newspaper photographs won over 100 provincial and national awards. In 1990, Willy was named Ontario News Photographers’ Association Photographer of the Year.
His photography has appeared in national and international magazines, newspapers and books including the Globe and Mail, New York Times and National Geographic. His work is in both public and private collections.
Willy’s life long love for Bruce & Grey Counties along with recent expeditons to polar regions has led to his commitment through his photography, to interpret the people and land of these special parts of Canada for others to enjoy.