James Q Martin

About James Q Martin

James Q Martin biography, previous work in photography and film, awards, and contact information

About James Q Martin

Flagstaff, Arizona-based photographer and filmmaker James 'Q' Martin was born in the Arizona desert and raised in the remote reaches of Alaska. In 1997, with a film camera in one hand and a climbing rope in the other, Q left for Central America in an exploration of its language and culture. It was here where he discovered his desire to actively pursue media and storytelling.

Inquisitive, spirited, and dedicated to regional and international conservation efforts, Q has since traveled extensively throughout the American Southwest and to more than 30 countries, spanning six continents, documenting the stories of world-class athletes, artists, conservationists, filmmakers, and scientists who inspire him. His hope is, by capturing their compassion for special places on film, he will raise awareness for issues facing our communities worldwide, and unite people in taking steps to preserve and protect these places for future generations.

Rooted in Flagstaff, Q Media is a fully-staffed production house created to harness this passion, embodied over the years by many critically acclaimed adventure and conservation films. For more about Q Media, visit Qstories.com


Douglas Tompkins: A Wild Legacy (2016)
Best Environmental Film 2016
Best Conservation Hero Film - NY WILD Film Festival
Vimeo Staff Pick
Mile for Mile (2015)
People's Choice & Best Film - Aysen Mountain Film Festival
Golden Ladybug 1st Place (Serbia)
DRAWN (2014)
Best Adventure Film 2015
Best Script - Bilbao Mendi Film Festival
Creative Excellence - 5 Point Film Festival
Jury Award - Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Best Environmental Film 2016 for Douglas
Streams of Consequence (2013)
People's Choice - Aysen Mountain Film Festival
Power in the Pristine (2012)
Best Documentary Film - Sedona Film Festival



Outdoor Research
Red Bull

The Alpinist
Outside Magazine
National Geographic Adventure
Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Backpacker Magazine
Sierra Magazine
Men's Journal
O, Magazine
Adventure Journal

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