Jury Nature Photographer of the Year 2019
Nature Photographer of the Year has great line-up of expert judges to review the images for this year’s competition. All our judges have a background in nature photography or editing. The judges come from diverse organizations and countries, but we have ensured that an emphasis on photography and nature remains at the core. We are sure that they will have different opinions on what makes a good picture and we look forward to the lively debates that we’ll have before the winners are selected!
During our yearly Nature Talks Photo Festival on the 9/10th of November 2019 in the Netherlands we will annouce all the winners. The winners will also have a Photo Exhibition on the festival before it will be traveling through the Netherlands and Belgium. So enter the contest now and and we will show your amazing images to the world!
Keith Wilson - Photo editor
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.
As 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
Magdalena Herrera - director of photography for Geo, France.
Magdalena Herrera is the director of photography for Geo, France. As head of the photodepartment, Magdalena is responsible for choosing and commissioning photographers, proposing stories, and managing a team of photo editors, as well as controlling the photography budget of France’s biggest-selling photo-reportage monthly.
Born in Havana to a family of artists, Magdalena Herrera left Cuba as a child to settle in Paris, where she studied fine art and art history at the Sorbonne before starting her career as a photographer and art director. She has worked in books, print, and magazines, spending ten years as art director and head of the photo department at National Geographic France before joining Geo France as Director of
Photography. Parallel to her journalistic work, Magdalena Herrera teaches workshops and seminars around the world organized by the World Press Photo Foundation and the Fokal fondation in Haiti.
She is an experienced judge when it comes to (nature)photo competitions. Previously she was member of the jury of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and was president of the jury of the World Press Photo in 2017 and 2018, member of the jury of the GDT competition, amongst many, many other competitions. If there’s one thing you can say about Magdalena, it’s that she’s got a keen eye for a great image!
Christian Ziegler - Photojournalist
Christian Ziegler is an internationally known photojournalist born in Germany and specializing in natural history and science-related topics. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and has been widely published in other magazines such as Geo, Smithsonian, and BBC Wildlife.
A tropical ecologist by training, he has worked in tropical rainforests on four continents, and since 2001 has been Associate for communication with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama.
Conservation is the ultimate motivation for all of Christian’s work and he has been collaborating with many NGS’s. He is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP.com).
Christians work has been awarded prizes in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions, and in 2008, he has was honoured with the Vision Award by the North American Nature Photography Association. His photo of a southern cassowary won the nature section of the World Press Award 2013, and his bonobo story was awarded a World Press Award in 2014.
He judged many competitions like World Press Photo, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, GDT and many others. We are pleased that he will judge our Nature Photographer of The Year (NPOTY) 2019 competition in this 2019.
Tony Wu - Underwater Photographer
Tony Wu’s lifelong association with the sea started when he was a child. A crab pinched his toe, and it was love at first ouch. Now that he’s (somewhat) grown up, Tony devotes most of his time to researching and documenting rarely seen marine animals and environments, spending more days at sea that he does on land. Tony owns more pairs of fins than he does shoes.
In recent years, Tony has devoted the bulk of his time to the challenging pursuits of photographing large cetaceans such as humpbacks, sperm whales, and blue whales, as well as documenting spawning aggregations, which are essentially orgies involving thousands of sex-crazed fish. His latest project is exploring the varied and diverse marine environments of Japan, which encompass everything from tropical to Arctic environments, as well as many unique habitats in between.
Tony’s philosophy for observing and documenting nature is encapsulated in his motto ars gratia scientiae, which translates from Latin as art for the sake of knowledge. When not at sea, Tony invests much of his time reading books, articles and scientific papers relevant to his chosen subjects. He records observations and shares information with researcher friends. Tony also writes about nature and engages in public speaking often (in English and Japanese), preferring when possible to invest time interacting with children.
Tony has received a number of prestigious awards, including Grand Prize in Japan’s largest underwater photography contest, the prize for Best Book of the Year at the Festival of Marine Images in Antibes, and first place in the Underwater and Behaviour: Mammals categories of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.
Garth Lenz - editorial & fine art photographer
Garth Lenz is an editorial and fine art photographer based on the west coast of Canada, probably best known for his aerial photography. While global deforestation and the world’s old growth forests were major focuses in Lenz’s early work, in recent years, much of Lenz’s photography is about the world of fossil fuel production, climate change, and their associated impacts on the natural environment.
Lenz often photographs from the air as a means to communicate the unprecedented scale of industrialism’s environmental impact and document remaining areas of large intact ecosystems. This is particularly evident in his current exhibit, The True Cost of Oil, which continues to receive worldwide attention. Published in some of the most prestigious editorial and fine art publications, The True Cost of Oil was exhibited in New York, Paris, London, Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Belgium, Mexico City, at Germany’s GDT photography festival and in other major art and photography centres. It has also received significant awards in international photography competitions.
As popular public speaker, Garth Lenz has been invited to address major corporations, government bodies, and academic canters on the issues of conservation and sustainability. His audiences have included The New York Times, the European Parliament, Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard universities, the Royal Geographical Society, and London’s Natural History Museum among many others. In the weekend of the 9 th and 10 th of November this year Garth will be speaking at Nature Talks Photo Festival in the Netherlands.
In 2009, Lenz was named a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation
Photographers, one of only 60 photographers in the world to receive this honor.
René Alblas - editor Roots Magazine
René Alblas has been a photo editor for almost 20 years now. He studied design at an Art academy but has been involved with nature photography almost his whole life.
Nowadays living in France, but still working for Roots, nature magazine, as photoeditor.
René is author of the book “Zo fotografeer je natuur” (“This is how to take photos of nature”) and has written over 1.200 articles about nature photography. He has been member of the jury in previous editions of the Nature Photographer of the Year competition as well.
Entrance fee of €25.
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Entrance fee of €15. Upload max 12 photos in category C12, for the Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award
Entrance fee of €40.
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Images can be uploaded to Category C11. Photographers between 10-17 years can enter this category