For Keith Wilson, creative collaboration and dialogue with the
great names of documentary and nature photography are his quest. He is renowned
for his interviews with modern masters such as Jim Brandenburg, Steve Winter,
Sebastiâo Salgado, Audun Rikardsen, Frans Lanting, Federico Veronesi, Sandra
Bartocha, Jasper Doest and Britta Jaschinski.
Keith also specialises in editing fine art nature photography
books, working with some of Europe’s leading photographers. He is the editor of
the highly acclaimed Remembering Elephants and its successor Remembering
Rhinos. His new project is Photographer against Wildlife Crime.
A former award-winning editor of Amateur Photographer magazine, Keith is the founder of Outdoor Photography, which he edited from 2000 to 2007, Black + White Photography and Wild Planet, the world’s first monthly digital magazine devoted entirely to wildlife photography.
He is a highly regarded competition judge and sought-after
speaker at international nature photography festivals and workshops. Keith is
based in London, UK
Fred Buyle, BE
Freediver and photographer
Since his childhood he has been in contact with the sea, spending several months a year on the family’s sailboat. At the age of 10, he discovered freediving. After years of practice, he became a scuba diving instructor and started to teach freediving in 1991.
In 2002, he started underwater photography to show the beauty of freediving and the underwater world. All his pictures and images are taken whilst freediving, using only the natural light available in order to minimise the impact on the ecosystem. A freediver is able to capture unique moments thanks to his simple equipment and ease of movement. What makes Fred’s photography different from any other underwater photography is his rather zen approach to this media.
Fred has collaborated with marine biologist teams from Colombia, Mexico, France, the UK, the Philippines, South Africa and Portugal, providing them with his practical knowledge and experience in the water with marine life. He has worked with great white sharks, great hammerheads, scalloped hammerheads, lemon sharks and many many other marine animals. He always does so freediving with no protection cage to minimize the disturbance caused to the animals.
Numerous NGO’s use his material for their conservation campaigns. His approach to conservation pushes forward the concept of positive imagery versus the catastrophism widely used in the media nowadays. This great marine photographer is a superb judge for our competition, certainly for the underwater photography.