Erik Petersen has been photographing life in Montana and around the world for nearly two decades. While his background is in telling stories through still photography, he works in video as well. He produced documentary photographs from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan for the Central Asia Institute, which works to help educate children, especially girls, in that region. A newspaper photographer for more than a decade, Petersen now produces editorial, commercial and outdoor photographs, as well as documentary films. He has garnered many state, regional and national awards for his work, including having his film, "The Hard Way," selected as a finalist by the Banff Mountain Film Festival and Telluride Mountainfilm in 2016. Petersen teaches photography as an adjunct professor at the University of Montana.