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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

2018 Edition

Jury


Jasper Doest

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Jasper Doest, Nature photographer, The Netherlands

As a WWF ambassador and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), Jasper Doest covers conservation and travel stories, always aiming for a creative angle to make an emotional link with his audience.

Throughout the years his photographs have received multiple awards and appeared in numerous international journals and books, including National Geographic Magazine, GEO and Smithsonian Magazine.

Jasper's images depict what is beautiful around him, around us, and with his photographs he is able to reveal how fragile this beauty is. One split second can tell his story, that single moment in which he freezes nature but brings it to life more than ever before.

"Through my photography I'm able to give a voice to the ones that are often overlooked. As our future is on the line, we need people to start caring about our environment on a daily basis. We need to educate them about the value of conservation work and we need to convince the public to choose local decision makers wisely. Our planet needs sustainability. Photographers can give a voice to the ones who cannot speak for themselves. Photographers can initiate change. That is my motivation and joy. It's within the power of photography."


http://www.jasperdoest.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DoestPhoto/

Jury Categories:
01-Birds   02-Mammals   03-Other animals   04-Plants and Fungi   05-Landscapes   06-Underwater   07-Nature Art   08-Man and Nature   10-Youth 10-17 years   11-Fred Hazelhoff Award   09-Black and White  

Andy Rouse

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Andy Rouse, Nature photographer, UK

Andy Rouse is a 50 year “young” wildlife- and aviation photographer from Cardiff, UK, and is well known for his superb images of UK wildlife like hare, roe deer and owls. But he also likes gorillas, elephants and polar bears. Tigers and cheetahs are also favourite species for him.


Andy started pretty late with professional wildlife photography after he was 32 years old. He was and is very successful and Canon mentioned this and Andy became a Canon Explorer. Ambassadors and Explorers are high end professionals and so he feels always the “pressure” to stay at a high level with his photography.

His photos are published in many magazines and newspapers worldwide and he had dozens of radio and tv appearances. He won more over then 20 major international awards and he’s very proud on them but nowadays they mean a little bit less because of his changed point of view.

To keep his income with photography he changed the way of taking pictures. His style is to shoot highly commercial photos to make a good living and have time for the things he love the most, like spending time together with wildlife and taking pictures.

Andy is a passionated wildlife photographer, was very successful in contests and loves it to be a jury member of the 2018 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest to have a look at the beautiful entries.

http://www.andyrouse.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/wildmanrouse/

Jury Categories:
01-Birds   02-Mammals   03-Other animals   04-Plants and Fungi   05-Landscapes   06-Underwater   07-Nature Art   08-Man and Nature   10-Youth 10-17 years   11-Fred Hazelhoff Award   09-Black and White  

Keith Wilson

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Keith Wilson, chairman

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  

Jury Categories:
01-Birds   02-Mammals   03-Other animals   04-Plants and Fungi   05-Landscapes   06-Underwater   07-Nature Art   08-Man and Nature   10-Youth 10-17 years   11-Fred Hazelhoff Award   09-Black and White  

Mario Suarez Porras

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Mario Suarez Porras, Nature photographer, Spain

Born in Asturias, Northern Spain, were he lives and works as a Primary teacher, which allows him to instill his students love for Nature. 

Now 50, he is a photographer since he was 13, when his father gave him his first SLR camera. The arrival of digital photography was the starting point of his current passion: bird photography.

Living close to the North Spanish coast, a great place for sea-shore birds and their migrations, has allowed him to specialize in photographing these amazing little traveler birds during the last 15 years.

Mario has worked with nature magazines, newspapers and government publications, has participated in several exhibitions and has also been awarded in most of the best international Nature Photography contests. He has also taken part as a jury in some of them. Mario is an active member of several Nature and Birds Associations, but he feels especially proud of being a founding member, and nowadays president, of AFONAS, the Nature Photographers Association of his county.  

My passion is bird photography, and I try to show the beauty of birds. I attempt to capture unique moments. If it weren’t for the magic of photography these moments would go unnoticed. And there are many of those waiting for us to view.

And what do I want to transmit? Well hopefully our work helps to raise awareness of the beauty that surrounds us, many times very close to home, and to encourage respect for mother Earth."

http://portfolionatural.com/autores/mario-suarez
https://www.instagram.com/mariospshot/

Jury Categories:
01-Birds   02-Mammals   03-Other animals   04-Plants and Fungi   05-Landscapes   06-Underwater   07-Nature Art   08-Man and Nature   10-Youth 10-17 years   11-Fred Hazelhoff Award   09-Black and White  

Rene Alblas

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Rene Alblas, NL
Photo editor of Roots, nature magazine in the Netherlands

Although he is living in the Vosges, in France now, Rene Alblas is still very much involved in Dutch nature photography. Being a professional photo editor for Roots, one of the biggest nature magazines in the Netherlands, René sees thousands of photos and judges them to be regular, good or great. Not only has he been working for Roots for many years now, he is also involved in lots of photo competitions and articles about nature photography. 

René is a busy bee when it comes to nature photography. He is either judging books about nature or nature photography, like Shaped by the Sea from Theo Bosboom recently, writes blogs about nature and photography or judges photos for the Roots photocompetitions. We’re very happy to have this professional photo editor in our team of judges! 

Jury Categories:
01-Birds   02-Mammals   03-Other animals   04-Plants and Fungi   05-Landscapes   06-Underwater   07-Nature Art   08-Man and Nature   10-Youth 10-17 years   11-Fred Hazelhoff Award   09-Black and White  

Fred Buyle

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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.

Jury Categories:
01-Birds   02-Mammals   03-Other animals   04-Plants and Fungi   05-Landscapes   06-Underwater   07-Nature Art   08-Man and Nature   10-Youth 10-17 years   11-Fred Hazelhoff Award   09-Black and White