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About The Return Of The Salmon

The Return Of The Salmon Story

The theme of The Return of the Salmon is the final stage of the salmon’s lifelong odyssey. The salmon’s single-mindedness and determination is the driving force for the story. This short nature documentary zooms in on salmon as they deal with challenges during their migration to their natal rivers in the vast Alaskan wilderness. What unfolds gives an insight to the key role of salmon in their environment and reflects the cyclical nature of life.

Long Distance Collaboration

The Return of the Salmon is a joint production by award-winning British videographer, Tim Plowden and Alaskan composer Christel Veraart. Together they illustrate one of Alaska’s wildlife wonders. In this short video, Tim Plowden’s footage, time-lapse and stills are accompanied by a score especially composed and performed by Christel Veraart.

Creative Vision

The Return of the Salmon showcases their successful long-distance creative collaboration. Their co-production represents a fusion of two individual artists bound by discipline and commitment in meeting tight deadlines through problem-solving whist upholding their creative vision. The result is a poetic synthesis of music and imagery to tell the story of the return of the salmon.

Every Story Deserves A Happy Ending

In March 2016, I asked seasoned voice over professional, Kevin O’Connell, to record the narration. When I heard his work, I knew immediately I’d chanced upon the voice that would bring my vision for The Return of the Salmon to a very happy conclusion.

The Return Of The Salmon Stills

Image & Video Licensing

The stills for The Return Of The Salmon are available to licence from Alamy and Rex Features.

Film Awards and Festival Screenings

Film Awards

The Return Of The Salmon, has won two film awards in the USA. The first award came from the 2015 IndieFEST Film Awards. It won an Award of Merit in the Nature / Environment / Wildlife category. The Return Of The Salmon was honoured by winning Best Of Alaska Award at the 2015 Alaska International Film Awards.

Best Of Alaska Award

Film Festival Screenings

The Return Of The Salmon received its UK premiere in London as an official selection at the 2015 British Documentary Film Festival. It received its Asian premiere at the 2015 International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival. The 2016 version featuring narration from Kevin O’Connell is an official selection at the 2016 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York.

Official Selection Voices From The Waters International Travelling Film Festival
Official Selection Wolves Independent International Film Festival
Official Selection International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2015
Official Selection British Documentary Film Festival 2015
Official Selection Wildlife Conservation Film Festival 2016

The Team Behind The Return Of The Salmon Video

Videography and Photography – Tim Plowden

The Return Of The Salmon was filmed entirely in Alaska by award-winning videographer and photographer Tim Plowden. Tim comes from the British Isles and has travelled far and wide to photograph wildlife. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and been featured in exhibitions. After spending a month in Alaska, where he filmed The Return Of The Salmon, Tim is currently in Southeast Asia. For more information about his videography and photography projects, please visit

Original Score and Recording – Christel Veraart

Currently based in Alaska, Christel Veraart writes music inspired by landscapes. Her work is used in dance and film productions. In 2015 she completed “Polar Suite”, an orchestral suite funded by the Rasmuson Foundation. Besides composing, Christel has performed throughout Europe and the Americas. From the Netherlands, Christel studied classical piano, voice and orchestration. For more information, please visit

Narrator – Kevin O’Connell

Seasoned voice over professional with thousands of satisfied clients over decades, Kevin O’Connell graduated with a BS in Broadcasting at the University of Florida School of Journalism & Communications in 1969. Kevin’s voice career started in radio. In 1980 he set up his own audio production company serving advertising agencies and a wide range of businesses. Since 1994, Kevin has been writing, reading and recording in his home-based studio. For more information, please check out his freelance profile.

Sound Engineer – Peter Ratner

Peter Ratner is a recording and mixing engineer who lives in Anchorage, Alaska. During his career Peter has been a musician, big-band conductor, and a university instructor. He started his first recording studio in 1986. With a degree in big-band orchestra conducting and arranging, Peter offers audio recording, audio consulting and online mixing services for musicians in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, as well as abroad. He also works with a range of video production companies, creating and mixing music for video.  For more information, please visit

Trailer Production – Reehana Shihab

Reehana Shihab studied Public Relations, Film, Television and Video at Curtin University and later received an MA in Mass Communications, Editing, Literary Journalism from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She has a passion for the outdoors and has worked closely with Tim on script and story ideas since 2012.

Science Advisor – Stephen Shaner

Stephen Shaner is an ecologist and marine biologist who has worked as an environmental consultant in a wide variety of environmental projects in Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Chile, and the Arabian Gulf. He has taught marine biology and zoology courses at several universities in the U.S. and abroad. He currently works as a wildlife biologist on the Arctic coast of Alaska, which makes his contribution to The Return Of The Salmon especially valuable.

Press Kit

Media information about The Return Of The Salmon is available to download as a PDF press kit.


Website design by Tim Plowden | The Return Of The Salmon video and images © Tim Plowden | The Return Of The Salmon soundtrack © Christel Veraart

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