Sandra Bartocha (1980) is a German freelance photographer and author specialising in natural landscapes, forests and plants as well as abstract work, with the specific aim of creating images that evoke an emotional response. The beauty of nature and natural light is a great source of inspiration to Sandra. She tries to photograph nature in an artistic way rather than trying to document it, focusing on details, light, colours and moods and using creative camera techniques to capture the beauty of a scene in the best way.~~Sandra is vice president of the Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT) and is chief editor of the magazine GDT Forum Naturfotografie. Her pictures have been published in European magazines, several coffee table and how-to books, as well as calendars. She travelled all over Europe to show her audiovisual presentations Rhythm of Nature & LYS and has presented her more artistic work in numerous exhibitions. Her images have received prizes in numerous international competitions – including the International Photography Awards, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Asferico, Biophoto and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016.~~She was one of the photographic team on the pan-European Wild Wonders of Europe initiative and has been working on a long-term project about the north of Europe – LYS. As a result she produced a 45min audiovisual show as well as a large coffee table book LYS – An Intimate Journey to the North. Recent projects include regional work in northern Germany as well as a new long-term project about tree species.
ALEXANDER Bryan and Cherry - Arctic
Bryan and Cherry Alexander are renowned for their photography of the polar regions, having spent 40 years documenting the coldest regions on earth. This is a selection of their Arctic material.
Doug Allan is a multi-award winning freelance wildlife and documentary cameraman and photographer, who specialises in marine mammals underwater in remote locations, particularly the polar zones. He's been involved with over 60 films and series in his 35 year career, and has worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, and many others. He was one of the principal cameramen on the BBC/Discovery series ^The Blue Planet^, ^Planet Earth^ and ^Life in the Freezer^ and more recently worked on Discovery Channel's ^Everest Extreme^ and the BBC's ^Ocean Giants^ and ^Frozen Planet^.
~In February 2012 Doug published ^Freeze Frame^, a book which celebrates his work in the polar regions and showcases his most exciting adventures in wildlife film-making. He is giving a UK lecture tour in February and March 2012 entitled ^Life Behind the Lens^.
~Doug moved into wildlife photography and camerawork after a successful career with the British Antarctic Survey, having spent 10 seasons working in the Antarctic. He has twice won the underwater category in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (1996 & 2002), was awarded the Cherry Kearton Medal by the Royal Geography Society (1993) and has also won 2 Polar Medals, the second of which he received in January 2012 from Prince Charles.
Karl Ammann is a wildlife photographer and conservation activist. He led a campaign on the bushmeat crisis in Africa that gained worldwide recognition. He is co-author of two very important books: Eating Apes which documents the history and present status of the Bushmeat trade, and Consuming Nature about the exploitation of African rainforests, again with a focus on the bushmeat trade. Both titles are illustrated with his photos. Karl is a founder member of the International League of Conservation Photography, initiated at the World Wilderness Congress in September 2005, and for five consecutive years he won the World In our Hands category in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.
Ingo Arndt was born in Frankfurt in 1968 and has worked as a professional wildlife photographer since 1992. His photographs are published all over the world in magazines such as GEO, National Geographic, BBC Wildlife and Terre Sauvage. He has worked on long-term photo stories in all five continents and spends an average of six months travelling each year. As well as aspiring to take perfect pictures he tries to record unique forms of behaviour in the animal kingdom and the complex ecological context in which animals survive.
In 2005, Ingo was awarded the World Press Photo Award for his GEO report on Animal Feet. His pictures won prizes in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2014.
In 1979, Eric BACCEGA bought his first camera and photography quickly became his passion. From childhood his dream was to explore the great wildernesses of our planet. At first he concentrated on wide open spaces and wildlife, especially bears, but later Eric became equally interested in ethnic groups and was fascinated by men and women whose culture is the opposite of ours. From polar bears to the Himba people in Namibia, from Chinese giant pandas to the tribes of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, from the great hamster in Alsace to the Nenets of Siberia, Eric aims to tell their unique stories through photography. He is committed to showing the varied richness of life on earth in order to better encourage its conservation.
In 2000 Swiss photographer Franco Banfi gave up his day job to become a professional photographer specializing in underwater and wildlife images. Franco is a Canon ambassador in Italy, he is member of IEPA.org (International Environment Photographers Association) and was team member of the Wild Wonders of Europe project. ~Franco is an award-winning photographer (World Champion in underwater photography in Cuba) and is regularly successful in the most prestigious international photo-competitions, for example Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), Nature’s Best and International Photography Awards (IPA).~Recently he founded a company to run trips for small groups of enthusiasts to travel and enjoy wildlife both above and below the water’s surface.
Based in Scotland, author and photographer Niall Benvie has documented all aspects of his home country - not only the larger charismatic animals but~also plants and landscapes, natural details and textures. He also documents people's relationships to the countryside.
Clay Bolt has been selected as the recipient of the North American Photography Association's 2019 Environmental Impact Award for his photographic work promoting the protection of North America's native bees. The award honours an individual or team who addresses an important and urgent regional or global environmental problem. He will speak more about this on-going project at the 2019 Nature Photography Summit in February
Dan Burton was an early convert to digital underwater photography. Starting in 1999 he used homebuilt housings and developed ground breaking 360 degree imaging techniques. As a pioneer technical deep diver, he's worked on numerous deep sea assignments photographing and filming.
~~He continues to develop new photographic ideas all the time, building still cameras and video housing, and using specialist optics to achieve unusual imagery.His specially designed housings have been used on numerous world free-diving, and wreck diving records to depths of excess of 200 metres.
~~In the last five years Dan has taken to the air, and now shoots aerial images using a motorized paraglider. This allows him to shoot in remote locations, and in areas inaccessible to helicopters.
Nature Picture Library have more than three thousand images of domestic dogs, cats and other pets by the late Jane Burton - here is a selection of our favourites. Her work includes classic portraits, cute and cuddly babies and also behaviour and pet care. Many are photographed against white backgrounds making them versatile for layouts.
Lucas Bustamante is an Ecuadorian nature and conservation photographer, biologist and co-founder of Tropical Herping and Kids Conservation Photography Workshops. In recent years he has focused on documenting tropical biodiversity, including many rare and endangered species. Lucas’ primary objective is to use photography as a tool to promote wildlife conservation. He has been successful in a number of international photographic competitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year and he is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Lucas is currently focusing on the Ecuadorian Chocó and the Andean Amazon, two of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, but also very threatened. He aims to document the factors involved in the conservation of these places, as well as the threats to them from mining and oil companies, deforestation, illegal pet trade and hunting
Fabrice Cahez was born in the heart of the Vosges in France and has spent many years photographing the wildlife around his home. His favourite pastime is to get up early and go on the trail of carnivorous mammals such as foxes, martens or wildcats.
~He has published several books celebrating the wildlife of the Vosges. His latest book, called The Wild Cat, Staring Into The Eyes was published in 2010 by Spark Publishing.
Peter Cairns lives in the heart of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park and has spent over 20 years documenting the wildlife and landscapes of this wild area. Pete has also travelled widely and photographed wildlife in North America and northern Europe. He was co-founder of conservation communication projects like Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION and more recently has worked as Director of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a Social Enterprise advocating rewilding for large parts of Scotland. Pete is a serving Board Member of Scottish charity Trees for Life and a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
After training as a zoologist John Cancalosi decided to turn his passion for travel and photography into a career. He has photographed in many parts of the world including Australia, Spain, England, South Africa and the USA. He has a particular fondness for reptiles as well as for the animals living around cacti in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. John loves sharing photography outings with his young son Nick who features frequently in his photographs.
Over more than 30 years of travel, renowned and outspoken conservationist Mark Carwardine has visited almost every country on Earth. Though he is well known for his whale and dolphin pictures and for taking people to see whales and dolphins, his work covers a huge range of subjects - from great white sharks and Northern white rhinos to 'spirit' bears and kakapos. He has written more than 50 books on travel, wildlife and conservation subjects, including the best-selling Last Chance to See with Douglas Adams, and the most popular field guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises ever published. His most recent book is Mark Carwardine's Guide to Whale Watching in North America. Click here to see Mark talking about grey whales in San Ignacio lagoon, one of his favourite places for whale watching. Mark was for several years chairman of the judging panel of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and has presented several BBC TV series.
Bernard Castelein is based in Belgium and attaches great importance to photographing nature close to home. He has also travelled extensively in many regions of the world, with a particular fascination for high altitude regions such as the Andes and Himalayas, and has rich coverage on Indian and Madagascan wildlife and peoples. He was for many years Chairman of BVNF, the Belgian Society of Nature Photographers, and is closely involved in organising the FotoForum Brasschaat festival in the town where he lives. His Altiplano exhibition will be shown there during March 2018.
Belgian photographer Philippe Clément spends most of his time in the great outdoors. His love of nature grew out of a passion for rock climbing, and his aim is to document species within their habitats. This portfolio focuses on his European work, including landscapes, but since 1995, Philippe has travelled extensively, from the Alaskan tundra and Costa Rican cloud forests to the Kalahari and Sonoran deserts. His pictures have appeared in exhibitions, calendars, postcards, books and magazines, ranging from BBC Wildlife magazine, New Scientist and Ranger Rick, to books by National Geographic and Barnes & Noble.
Based in the USA, Brandon Cole has travelled the world to photograph marine subjects in both temperate and tropical waters. He specially enjoys working with whales and dolphins.
Claudio Contreras Koob studied biology at the Sciences Faculty in the National Autonomous University of Mexico. For more than 20 years he has been professionally dedicated to photography, bringing awareness to nature and conservation related themes all over Mexico. His images have been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally, and he has also received numerous awards from prestigious competitions like the WPY, Natures Best and Asferico. He is a full Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. Claudio's latest expedition was to the Socrorro Islands of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Revillagigedo Archipelago, where he documented many endemic and endangered species.
French photographer Christophe Courteau has recently joined Nature Picture~Library. His favourite place in the world - apart from the coast of his~native Brittany - is the Okavango Delta and we are pleased to add to our~online collection a selection of stunning aerial photos of this wetland~paradise as well as close-ups of many of the animals that live there.~Courteau has also documented the saving of Niger's white giraffes. Down to only 49 individuals in 1979, today more than 170 survive thanks to~conservation efforts which encourage the local population to conserve them as a tourist asset.
Bruno D’Amicis was born in Rome in 1979. He now lives and works mostly in the shadow of Italy's Apennine mountains. A nature enthusiast since his childhood, Bruno has a degree in Biology and has been a full-time nature photographer since 2004, his main focus being the conservation of natural habitats and biodiversity. His photography awards include 1st prize in the category “Nature singles” at the World Press Photo 2014, 1st prize in the category “World in Our Hands” at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 and the Fritz Pölking Prize for overall winner of GDT in 2015. He has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Africa in pursuit of photographic projects, was a contributor to Wild Wonders of Europe and has worked on assignment for National Geographic in Tunisia and Madagascar. He has published books on the Apennine chamois, the Brown bears of the Tatras Mountains, and wild wolves in Italy. He is currently working on a book on the primeval beech forests of Italy, due for 2018 publication, and on a study of the critically endangered Marsican brown bear.
We are delighted to announce that we now represent Stephen Dalton and more than 2000 of his finest images are now available from www.naturepl.com.
~ ~Stephen is the acknowledged master of high speed photography and developed many of the techniques nearly 40 years ago which made it possible to capture in both single images and multiple exposures creatures in motion, from bees and birds in flight and leaping grasshoppers to diving frogs, gliding lizards and the famous basilisk running across the water's surface.
~ ~His work is very international in emphasis, with many familiar British and European species plus a range of more exotic creatures from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Stephen has published many books, including titles on British habitats, high speed photography, flight, rainforests and most recently spiders. He lives in Sussex and many of his images are taken in the beautiful woodland and farmland of the Sussex Weald.
Sue Daly is a photographer and film-maker specialising in marine underwater subjects. Based in the Channel Islands, she has especially rich coverage of the marine life of this region.
DAVIES Paul Harcourt
Paul Harcourt Davies, photographer and author, specialises in close up and macro photography, focussing on portraying plants in their landscape. Mediterranean and alpine ecology is his special area of study. His first book Wild Orchids of Britain & Europe was published in 1983 and his latest is an ebook with Clay Bolt: Wideangle Macro : The Essential Guide. To date, he has authored nineteen books.
~Paul has been based in Italy since 2003 where he and partner Lois have renovated an old farm. Together they run nature, cultural and photography tours and workshops. He was winner of the International Garden Photographer of the Year (2013) portfolio plus Royal Society of Photography gold medal. His images have been exhibited internationally and were used on a set of orchid stamps in Cyprus.
~He is deeply committed to education in photography and especially in making techniques of macro photography accessible for use in conservation. With Clay Bolt he runs the blog "Learn macro".
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