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.
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.
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 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
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.
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
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?