Research: General Nature & Wildlife Photographers

Today, I decided to research more contemporary nature/wildlife practitioners. I hoped this would help me generate ideas and gain a sense of what standards, publications and formats would be available with these fields.

Of the examples I have listed, I believe represent much of what modern nature/wildlife photography is about, which is often combining national and international projects with a strong conservation focus. With our knowledge of the natural world as refined as it is now, it is impossible to ignore the significance of natural life forms and our influence with its gradual decline.

Often, landscape and wildlife photographers will fund their projects through support of organisation aiming preserve particular eco-systems or species or in a more practical sense through the use of workshops and lectures that teach others potential skills or knowledge that support this ideology. Community led projects often receive some of the greatest success, especially now with the use of social networking and viral marketing.

Andy Rouse

http://www.andyrouse.co.uk/

Andy Rouse is an inspirational wildlife photographer who is well known the world over. A unique and charismatic figure he is famed for his ability to capture moments from the lives of animals and birds in the wild from a different view point and often from his trade-mark stance, that of being “up close and personal” to some of the most fascinating and often potentially dangerous animals. Over recent years, Andy’s photographic style has been developing to be all encompassing of the animals and their environment in order to augment his passion for telling a story and to highlight the beauty of the natural world.

Andy’s images have been acknowledged as being some of the best in the world for many years. He has won 9 awards in the past 7 years in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition including the Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species. He is the current holder of the Cherry Kearton award for wildlife photography from the Royal Geographical Society.

Andy has now published 15 books, covering species, ecosystems and photographic technique. Tigers: a Celebration of Life has donated 25% of its profits to tiger conservation, so far raising over £8000 and making him an honorary Ambassador for 21st Century Tiger. His latest book, Gorillas: Living on the Edge similarly raises money for the endangered mountain gorilla. He has written many magazine columns and currently writes for Practical Photography and Amateur Photographer magazines.

Guy Edwardes

http://www.guyedwardes.com/index.php

About us

Guy Edwardes is a professional landscape, travel and wildlife photographer based in South West England. He is able to provide a wide variety of images for publishers and advertisers around the world with a need for high quality creative and atmospheric photography. He markets a continually updated file of over 150,000 images in his own picture library. Images that cannot be sourced directly can often be obtained from the agencies that represent him. He is always happy to discuss commissioned work and can supply text to accompany images, as well as complete articles. He also runs regular photographic workshops and lectures on photographic technique.

Guy has published two books on landscape and nature photography. Click the images below for more information.

Biography

I have been a professional nature and landscape photographer for fourteen years. My career began straight after graduating from a degree in photography, following various courses in nature conservation. I now concentrate on stock photography, with The Getty Images acting as my main international agent. NHPA (Photoshot) and NaturePL market my natural history images and Robert Harding market my travel images. I am also represented by Britain on View (Photolibrary) and Alamy. In addition to this I market a library of over 150,000 35mm, medium format and digital images from my own office.

My work has been published widely at home and abroad with clients that include: Outdoor Photography, Practical Photography, Digital Camera, Photo Plus, Digital SLR, Photography Monthly, Dorset, Dorset Life, Devon Life and Somerset Life magazines, Telegraph magazine, The Reader’s Digest, David and Charles, CPRE, The Ramblers Association, AA Publishing, Canon, The Ordnance Survey and many card and calendar publishers worldwide.

I have been highly commended in both the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and the Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition. Although my main interest is photographing the wildlife and wild places of the British Isles, I also make many foreign trips each year. Wherever I am working I try to capture subjects in new ways, often working on new techniques in order to produce a unique image. Living in South West England I have a variety of beautiful landscapes and interesting habitats to work in. Many of my most successful images have been taken within a few miles of my home.

I have always used Canon camera equipment, starting with an EOS650 back in the late eighties. I now use an EOS 5Dmk2 as my main landscape camera and an EOS1Dsmk3 for all my natural history work, along with a variety of Canon lenses from 16mm to 600mm.

I live in Dorchester with my wife Cat, who often accompanies me on my photographic adventures around the world.

Thank you for visiting my web site and I hope you will enjoy viewing the image galleries.

Porthcurno

Kimmeridge Bay

Corfe Castle

Gannet Colony

Red Kites

Grey Seal On Beach

Amethyst Deceiver

Chris Gomersall

http://www.chrisgomersall.co.uk/

About Chris

Chris’s photography is probably best known to the one million members of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds where he had the enviable job of staff photographer for some fourteen years, before leaving to pursue a solo career in November 1998. The RSPB has regularly featured his photographs in its magazineBirds and other publications, as well as supplying many other publishers through its photolibrary, RSPB Images. During his time at the RSPB Chris was also responsible for founding and managing the Society’s photolibrary, recruiting some of the very best wildlife photographers in the UK and Europe, and having the privilege of editing their photographic work.

With an educational background in zoology and plant biology, and experience in nature reserve wardening and field research, Chris endeavours to make photographs which will be effective in promoting biodiversity and advancing the cause of nature conservation. His style is very much concerned with photographing wildlife subjects at home in their natural habitat, with an emphasis on ambient light and sensitive composition.

Chris’s work has been recognised in various international competitions, most recently as winner of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007.

Currently represented by Alamy ImagesNature Picture Library,RSPB Images, and by Wildlife GmbH in Germany, Chris also manages his own photo library.

Chris chooses Nikon equipment for his bird and wildlife photography, currently preferring to work with the D3 and D300, most often in combination with the Nikkor 200-400mm f4 VR lens.

June 2001 saw the launch of Chris’s first major book ‘Photographing Wild Birds,’ published by David & Charles. More recently he acted as chief photographer and art editor on the monumental “Birds Britannica” by Mark Cocker, published by Chatto & Windus in 2005. More information on both books inNews.

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Kingfisher

Otter

Grey seal

Wood blewit

Water vole

Laurent Geslin

http://www.laurent-geslin.com/site.php

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In regards to this potential project, I found this area of research helpful starting generate ideas about my fields of photographic interest and how I might convey this strong message of conservation and awareness within my own ideas. I want to produce a series that would offer this side of the story in some way. It was also useful in starting to visualise the characterisation of nature/wildlife images and how a photographer must do more than document such situations to draw real impact through their creative imagery, you must emphasise certain distinctive features or start anthropomorphising subjects to make them more relative to human behaviour.

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