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Giacomo Brunelli (b. Perugia, Italy, 1977) graduated with a degree in International Communications in 2002. His series on animals has been exhibited widely with shows at The Photographers’Gallery, London (Uk), Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris (France), Format Festival, Derby (Uk), Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg (Germany), Noorderlicht Photofestival (The Netherlands), Athens Photo Festival (Greece), Daegu PhotoBiennal (South Korea), Angkor PhotoFestival (Cambodia), BlueSky Gallery, Portland (Usa), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Uk), Griffin Museum ,Boston (Usa), StreetLevel Glasgow (Uk), Photofusion, London (Uk), Arden & Anstruther Petworth (Uk), Galleria Belvedere Milan (Italy), Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland) and Boutographies, Montepellier (France).

The work has won the Sony World Photography Award, the Gran Prix Lodz, Poland and the Magenta Foundation “Flash Forward 2009”. It has also been featured widely in the art and photography press including The Guardian (Uk), Harper’s Magazine (Usa), Eyemazing (Holland), European Photography (Germany), B&W Magazine (Usa), Creative Review (Uk), Foto&Video (Russia), Images Magazine (France) Photographie (Germany), Katalog (Denmark), AdBusters (Canada), FOTO (Sweden) and FOTOGRAFI (Norway).

His work is in the collection of Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Uk Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and Portland Art Museum, Usa.

“The Animals”, his first monograph, was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2008.

In 2012, he was commissioned by The Photographers’Gallery to do a project on London that will be shown there from the 27th February – 27th April 2014

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“Bubbles.” A green sea turtle at the surface off the coast of Oahu. I was able to spend the better part of an hour freediving alongside this turtle as it casually grazed on the sea floor below between gulps of air at the surface. © Brett Monroe Garner

“Tadpole Girl.” The tadpoles that we watched hatch in our mud puddle several weeks before were now hopping. Some of them still had little tails while others seem to have grown out of them. This is my daughter and one of her tadpole friends. For a few days after this, every time we visited our puddle there were tiny toads hopping everywhere. This was the first of many batches of tadpoles that ended up hatching in our mud puddles this past summer due to the large amount of rain we received. © Terra Fondriest

“Fox Tango.” Two sibling foxes have a little squabble. © Brittany Crossman

“Friendship knows no color.” ‘Friendship knows no color, nationality, race and social level, friendship knows no age and gender, friendship knows no distance’ – Luis A Ribeiro Branco. Two Empusa Pennata seem to play a game on a thin plant. © Jose Pesquero Gomez

“Dragging you deep into the woods.” A morning stroll into the blissful forest ! Ceaseless drizzles dampening the woods for 12 hours a day; The serene gloom which kept me guessing if it was a night or a day. Heavy fog, chilling breeze and the perennial silence could calm roaring spirits; And there I spotted this beauty, a green vine snake! © Varun Aditya

“Herring.” This Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) was not even 2 feet from me that day on Staffa Island, I almost had to step back to be able to focus on its beak the way I wanted. It is a common species yes, but it was still a very very nice encounter for me. © Jonathan Alexandre Guillot

“Curious humpback whale calf .” Early this month I went swimming, snorkeling with humpback whales in Tonga again. One of the locations where they are born and nurse before heading with their mum to their new home Antarctica. This cutie swam right towards me and came to a halt. With this wide angle lens you can imagine how close i was. I couldn’t stop giggling in to my mask as he was just so cute looking at me. I think he asked if i would like to play with him or something. © Rita Kluge

“Mirrored Blenny.” This shot was taken in Northern Adriatic Sea, in the Gulf of Rijeka (Croatia). I had placed a snoot (a cylindrical hood to control lighting) behind the lair of a horned blenny (Parablennius tentacularis) and waited patiently for it to emerge from its den to make them a shot with the backlight technique. Suddenly the blenny was completely out of its hole and went to look at himself in the snoot window to check who this intruder was. © Adriano Morettin

“Good Catch.” This Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus) was heading back to his nest with his prize catch (a swallow tail or Trevaly). I have being photographing him for a few months and he appeared to do a circle over head before heading away – he seemed very chuffed with himself! © Sally Hinton

“Dancing in the rain.” Fox caught in action under the rain. © Vladislav Kamenski

“Rush Hour.” Thousands of snow geese take flight during a snowy morning fly out at Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. It is loud and sounds like a passing train! © Eileen Johnson

“Eating to the end.” Eating to the end (of the leaf or life). © Piotr Kwatera

“Face to Face Encounter .” During WWII, U-Boats would sit right on the US coast waiting to ambush unsuspecting ships. Today the wrecks left behind are inhabited by the many sand tiger sharks that move up and down the US East coast. This picture was taken deep in the hold of the wreck of the Atlas where I had an amazing face to face encounter. © David Alpert

“No Snow, No Ice?” A solitary bear sits on the edge of one of the Barter Islands. There is no snow, when at this time of year, there should be. In speaking with the locals in Kaktovic, they’ve noted that it’s been an unseasonably warm winter, and that the ice will be late in forming this year. This will have an impact on the local polar bear population, when it comes time to hunt seals for their food in the winter months. © Patty Waymire

“Parental Care.” Hornbills have a unique breeding behavior, the female enters the hollow if the tree and the male seals it with mud leaving a small slot from where females beak can stick out. Once this is done, the male takes the complete responsibility of feeding the female and babies till the chicks are grown enough to fly away. In this image, a male is bringing in fruits to feed the female which is nesting inside the tree trunk.© Prasenjeet Yadav

“White Rhino Reflection.” A White Rhino approaches a pool of water to drink at night in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Inger Vandyke

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National Geographic Magazine’s annual photo contest is still under way, but the deadline for submissions is coming up on Friday. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands. The kind folks at National Geographic were once more kind enough to let me choose among the contest entries so far for display here. The captions below were written by the individual photographers.

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Elephants love to play in water especially in summers. They regulate their body temperature by constantly flapping their highly vascularised ears or soaking themselves in pools or streams.

I am a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, naturalist and explorer dedicated to documenting wildlife and the environmental issues that define our times. I freelance with many of the world’s leading magazines, environmental NGOs and television channels like Nat Geo and BBC.

Over the last decade, I have worked on many landmark blue chip wildlife series for the BBC and National Geographic channel. My work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including National Geographic, Nature, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Lonely Planet and other magazines.

Along with a team of photographers I founded India Nature Watch, an online community which now has become the largest platform for upcoming wildlife photographers in Asia. I am also the co-founder of Asia’s largest nature photography festival Nature InFocus. Sharing my knowledge of photography, wildlife, and people across various platforms including workshops and seminars is an important part of the work I do.

I collaborate with wildlife scientists, conservationists, policy makers, activists and educators on conservation action, activism, documentation, books and film projects. I actively work with Nature Conservation Foundation and VGKK in India.

I hope to combine an artist’s eye with a journalist’s curiosity and sense of storytelling in my visual style, resulting in a body of work I hope will inspire the viewer to discover more. Using narrative and visual construction I strive to lure the audience into the subject, prompting them to ask questions rather than accept a ‘standard version’ of changing landscapes.

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Me inicié en la fotografía a través de AGFOVAL, Agrupación fotográfica Valenciana, a principios de los 80, donde di mis primeros pasos en el aprendizaje de la técnica fotográfica.

Posteriormente y de modo autodidacta fui perfeccionando y aprendiendo las técnicas de laboratorio en blanco y negro, iluminación de estudio, practicando temáticas como el bodegón, el retrato y el paisaje principalmente.

Tras un largo paréntesis en el ejercicio de la práctica amateur y con la llegada de las cámaras digitales de calidad, retomé en 2006 la dedicación más intensiva, siempre desde el campo amateur, y adquiriendo la técnica para manejar el software necesario en la fotografía digital.

Mis temáticas preferidas actualmente son la arquitectura, y las situaciones urbanas (street-photo) aunque también alterno mis salidas fotográficas buscando motivos de paisaje de larga exposición diurna y crepuscular.

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Maroesjka Lavigne (b.1989, Belgium) gained her Masters in Photography at Ghent University in the summer of 2012. Her work has been shown internationally at the Foam Talent exhibition in Amsterdam, The Robert Mann Gallery in New York, Galerie Hug in Paris and Museum Saint Guislain in Gent, Belgium, among others. She self-published a book called ‘ísland’ in 2012 that sold out. In 2014 she published a postcard version of this book. In 2015 she made a commissioned work ‘Not seeing is a Flower’ in collaboration with the Flanders centre in Osaka. This was published in the catalog called Facing Japan. Her latest project ‘Land of Nothingness’ is made in Namibia and exhibited in the Robert Mann Gallery in New York.

She was selected for the Talent Call at Fotomuseum Amsterdam (FOAM) Netherlands 2012 and was the winner of the Emerging Talent competition of Lensculture in 2014 with the series ‘You are More than beautiful‘. In 2015 she won the Harry Penningsprijs in Eindhoven,Netherlands. She is currently living and working in Ghent, Belgium.

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Two Giant Manta Rays filter feeding. These huge animals (with a wingspan of up to 7 meters) staged an incredible ballet around us, slowly flapping their wings with amazing majestuosity.
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Laurent Baheux

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Laurent Baheux is a french photographer, born in Poitiers in 1970.

Laurent Baheux was attracted to journalism and editing at first, rapidly discovering a passion for photography and becoming a self-taught photographer. His devoted practice and his knowledge of the sporting world opened the doors to the top press photography agencies. From then on, he covered the main international competitions and channelled his energy towards conditions of speed and extreme demand. He has always been fascinated by Africa.

Showing the vividness of wild species

From 2002, during a visit to Tanzania, he began private work on the wild fauna, its beauty, strength, roughness and great fragility. He chose black and white, with its play on shadow, light and contrast, to immortalise rare and ephemeral scenes of nature, constantly trying to sublimate the animals, to capture the magnificence of their attitudes, the emotion of their look… Through this authentic quest, Laurent wants to show the vividness of these species which are still alive, but more menaced than ever, and the immense richness that they represent for the planet.

Supporting actions to protect endangered animals

In the continuity of his photographic commitment, he accompanies and supports the deeds of organisations which work for the protection of nature and the preservation of biodiversity. Since 2013, he supports actions of The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) as Goodwill Ambassador for the exhibit WILD & PRECIOUS organized in collaboration with GoodPlanet fondation the fortieth anniversary of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

He realizes that his pictures can help create public awareness about the importance of preserving and protecting wildlife.

This new way becomes an evidence : Laurent changes is life. He leaves Paris for the country side and travels wherever are free animals. He has dedicated time and energy to honor them.

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As a young boy, Paul, a Canadian-born Arctic ecosystem specialist and marine biologist, moved to Baffin Island and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them he learned the love of nature, the understanding of icy ecosystems, and the survival skills that have turned him into one of the most successful wildlife and nature photographers of our generation.
As an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, Nicklen has produced 20 stories covering a variety of issues related to conservation and natural history—from the slaughter of narwhals to salmon farming to the importance of sea ice and polar ecosystems in this new climate era. Despite the personal peril he often faces while working in some of the planet’s most remote and harsh environments, Nicklen travels constantly in search of meaningful stories that can help touch people’s emotions and help the public at large connect with Earth’s marine and polar realms.

Edwin Giesbers

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Edwin Giesbers is a professional freelance nature photographer who lives in Nijmegen (the Netherlands).
Already during early childhood he has been exploring nature in his own residential environment. Already at the age of 16 he started combining his love for nature with photography. Since 2005 Edwin is a dedicated fulltime nature photographer.

Edwin creates complet stories (pictures and text) for several magazines. Articles has been published in renowned magazines such as BBC Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic, Terre Sauvage and Camera Natura. In 2011 he was commissioned by National Geographic and Dutch Media to produce a book on nature photography in the Netherlands and Belgium. In the Netherlands, Edwin is commissioned by magazines such as Roots magazine and National Geographic Magazine.

Worldwide his pictures have been awarded in several leading international photo competitions. Including multiple first prices at the European Nature Photographer of the Year and Natures Best contest. Examples can be found at the award page.

His work is represented bij Nature Picture Library (England), an international leading photo agency which has a partnership with Minden Pictures (US). Since 2009 Edwin has joined IEPA (International Environment Photographers Association). He also supports the work of Orangutan Outreach Netherlands with images and presentations.

In the beginning of the year 2014 Edwin started his project “Frogs Life Project” which aims to draw attention to endangered amphibians. Through photo stories in magazines, exhibitions and a book about frogs Edwin hopes to spread knowledge about amphibians. A fixed percentage of the nett sales is going to organizations that are commited to protect amphibians and also do research on the diseases that threaten the amphibians. More about this project: http://www.frogs-life.com

Edwin says:
People ask me quite often why I became a professional nature photographer. What else? Already as a young boy I explored the beauty of nature around my home. I could found often on my knees crawling throug the field where I had exciting encounters with strange-looking insects and friendly croaking frogs. There is nothing more beautiful than that! Nowadays nature photography is still an excuse for me to crawl around in a field with beautiful flowers and small animals. Just like in my early childhood, but now with a camera in my hands.

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In his photographs, Simen Johan explores darkly the human proclivity towards fantasy and our attempts, knowing or otherwise, to craft alternate realities for ourselves. Merging traditional photographic techniques with digital methods, Johan creates each of his images from as many as one hundred negatives, having first constructed or discovered each element and photographed it on film. Across his body of work, the viewer is urged to ponder the relationship between the real and the artificial or imagined.

In his most recent images, from the series “Until the Kingdom Comes”, Johan depicts animals in scenarios where their actions or demeanor mirror human conventions. The images allude to our inclination to anthropomorphize and domesticate what we see and find around us, and they speak to realms of emotion, our fears and desires, rather than reason. In his earlier work Johan explored the unique relationship that children have with the unknown, constructing complex photographic worlds that seem to grow wild from young imaginations. In some images the children are prominently featured, wrapped up in acts of play or ritual as the makers of their own worlds, while in others they’ve vanished completely, leaving only the enigmatic traces of their mischief.

Simen Johan’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, and is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Cleveland Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and other major institutions. Johan’s first monograph, Room to Play, was published by Twin Palms in 2003. Born in Norway and raised in Sweden, Johan earned his B.F.A at the School of Visual Arts, in New York, where he currently resides

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Paul Goldstein is provocative in everything he does, whether photographing, guiding, presenting or fund-raising. His jobs consist of cramming in a full-time career with a tour operator, owning four safari camps in Kenya, guiding all over the world, fund-raising for tigers and other persecuted species and writing.

Through it all the ethical side of wildlife, be it just viewing it or photographing it is desperately important. ‘When I see photos of snarling animals I shudder, the ‘photo at any cost’ concept is disgracefully still-borne . Just as morally derelict are those wildlife photographers who think just by taking some images they will help the species. This is bollocks, I have spent much of the past fifteen years raising money for schools, boreholes, teachers, FGM programmes and natal clinics by photographing endangered animals and those images have big ancillary benefits – over £100,000 worth. This will continue. Unless local people feel a ‘warmth’ from their striped or spotted neighbour why should they protect them?

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Wildlife and nature photography award-winning images of 2013, The Guardian

In the Living RoomBritish wildlife photography awards 2013, winning image: ‘In the Living Room’ by George Karbus


British wildlife photography winner in the documentary category: A badger, part of a series by Neil Aldridge


British wildlife photography awards 2013: ‘A great tit in flight’ by James Amess, winner of the Wildpix Young People’s (12-18) award


56th World Press Photo contest: This image of an endangered southern cassowary feeding on the fruit of the blue quandang tree in Black Mountain Road, Australia, by photographer Christian Ziegler of Germany, won the first prize in the nature singles category. Cassowaries are a crucial species to northern Australia’s rainforests because of their ability to carry many big seeds to long distances


56th World Press Photo Contest, winner in nature series category: This image by Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen, National Geographic magazine, from the series ‘Emperor penguins, Ross Sea’ shows a group of emperor penguins swimming in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Even though they have evolved an incredibly advanced bubble physiology the greatest challenge penguins face is the loss of sea ice that supports their colonies and ecosystem. New science shows that emperor penguins are capable of tripling their swimming speed by releasing millions of bubbles from their feathers. These bubbles reduce the friction between their feathers and the icy seawater, allowing them to accelerate in the water. They use speeds of up to 30kmph to avoid leopard seals and to launch themselves up onto the ice


South African photographer Greg du Toit was named Wildlife photographer of the year 2013 by a panel of international judges for his image ‘Essence of elephants’ – a mysterious and energetic portrait of African elephants in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana


Young wildlife photographer of the year 2013 winner: ‘Mother’s little headful’ by Udayan Rao Pawar, 14, shows gharial crocodile taking her young charges into River Chambal in Madhya Pradesh, India. Chambal is one of the last strongholds of the gharial crocodile and is increasingly under threaht from illegal sand mining and fishing


GDT European wildlife photographer of the year 2013, overall winner: ‘Night moves’ by Dr Alexander Mustard shows the trails of bar jacks hunting at night over a coral reef


This image by Britta Jaschinski of Germany was the winning photograph in man and nature category of GDT European wildlife photographer of the year 2013. It was taken during a performance at the Chimelong International Circus in Guangzhou, China. The circus had the slogan ‘Heaven of animals brings happiness to people.’ Three times a day, this Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) stepped out of his tiny cage onto the stage. He was dressed in a costume to accompany the clown. The audience clapped and cheered as he showed off his ‘talent’. It’s been reported that circuses across China apply cruel training regimes. The animals ‘work hard’ to get rewarded with food, simply because they are starved before the performance


GDT nature photographer of the year 2013: A red fox in sunset light by Hermann Hirsch was the overall and mammals category winner


Landscape photographer of the year awards: ‘Ghost of Rannoch Moor’ by David Breen won in the classic view category


2013 Fritz Pölking nature photography award: Home with terrace and a view. The shy song thrush couple chose the perfect nesting ground in an old Opel to raise their young. ‘Nature conservationists in the local municipality would like to see the cars removed, while culture conservationists want to make it a cultural monument. I hope that the nature conservationists will begin to realise that nature is already doing a good job in taking this site over and that they eventually join the culture conservationists to make it a combined nature and culture reserve,’ says photographer Pål Hermansen


2013 Fritz Pölking nature photography award: The garden resident – soon after sunset hedgehogs leave their day-time hiding places and roam suburban gardens looking for food


Woodland Trust photography competition 2013: : This photograph of a tawny owl in Rough Hill Wood, Warwickshire, by Peter Preece was the winning image in all creatures great and small category


Woodland Trust photography competition 2013: ‘A cabin in bluebell woods’ in Hampshire, by Ashley Chaplin, won in the overall and ancient woods and modern wonders category


Oryx Award winner, BirdLife South Africa Oceans of Life photo competition 2013: An evening stretch by Robert Tarr, showing Cape gannets in their breeding colony on Malgas Island, South Africa. This species has been heavily impacted by reductions in the fish stocks it feeds on


Mammal society photographer of the year 2013: A wood mouse with blackberry, by Gary Cox, won the third place in the competition


BMC ecology image competition overall winner: This image, taken by postdoctoral researcher Moritz Muschnik from University of Sheffield, depicts the startling camouflage of a stick insect (Timema poppensis) stick insect against its host redwood tree(Sequoia sempervirens)


BMC ecology image competition winner in conservation ecology and biodiversity category: Hara Woltz took this picture of a Galápagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) using a man-made road on Santa Cruz Island


ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2013: ‘A giant trophy for a small ant’ by Bence Mate won in the size matters category


This image from the most viewed gallery on the Guardian’s environment website is of the world’s clearest lake, the Blue Lake in South Island, New Zealand


From our big picture series: A male polar bear (Ursus maritimus) starved to death as a consequence of climate change. This male polar bear was last tracked by the Norwegian Polar Institute in April 2013 in southern Svalbard. It was found dead by scientist Ian Stirling when he was on an Arctic research cruise

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