Inspiration program

Like the physical Nature Talks Photo Festival, we will focus on three themes during the program and therefore also with the lectures. The first theme is inspiration.

Where do photo and videographers get their inspiration from and what do they experience behind the scenes? What images are they most proud of? What is their vision? What can we learn from the behavior of an animal, or the environment, so that you can make a better picture? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed during the various inspiring lectures. Of course, there are also educational elements in these lectures, for example how they made certain images.

The speakers of Day 1 are giving the live Q&A session on Saturday, March 13th. And the speakers of Day 2 on Sunday, March 14th.

Speakers on Day 1 - Saturday March 13th at the 'Inspiration Program'

Marsel van Oosten | Saturday

A Tribute to Mother Earth

In the year 2019 Marsel van Oosten became Wildlife Photographer of the Year with a photo of two Golden Snub-nosed monkeys entitled ‘The Golden Couple’. An image that he’s not satisfied with at all. I am always very critical of my own work. I never think it’s good enough. Fifteen years ago he had a desk job as an art director. A very different kind of life!

During this world premiere, Marsel van Oosten gives us a preview of his new book that will be published next April. The book consists largely of his award-winning work, his most popular images, his personal favorites and many new and never-before-published photos. It is a combination of nature and landscape photography – both in color and in black and white. The depictions of exotic animals and undiscovered landscapes from five different continents are stunning.

But for Marsel this is not only a collection of beautiful photos. It is a visual tribute to Mother Earth and a warning that nature is under serious threat. Our attention is desperately needed! During his lecture, Marsel will discuss the conservation side of the images. With a number of images, he tells us how they were made using fascinating “behind the scenes” material. Make sure you don’t miss this lecture!

Foto van twee apen gemaakt door fotograaf Marsel van Oosten bij Nature Talks Fotofestival
IJsgrot gemaakt door fotograaf Marsel van Oosten bij Nature Talks Fotofestival
Foto van woestijn gemaakt door fotograaf Marsel van Oosten bij Nature Talks Fotofestival
Wederopstanding gemaakt door fotograaf Marsel van Oosten bij Nature Talks Fotofestival

Manon Bruijn | Saturday

The power of simplicity

Manon Bruijn is best known for her fox photos (hugely intriguing animals). BBC Earth has shared a photo of her a number of times and several photos have been published in nature magazines. Photographing a stressed animal is an absolute ‘no-go’ for her. As soon as a fox sticks its tongue out to her (a sign of stress), she takes flight. Aggressive deer are more likely to chase her than the other way around…

She loves it when a photo tells a story, but the story does not immediately reveal itself and her imagination is stimulated. The power of wonder. She is also an emotional person. If an image evokes a certain emotion in her, she can enjoy it intensely. She can be very happy with a dreamy atmosphere, beautiful details and tranquility in a photo.

She will explain how she does it during this inspiring and informative lecture.

For example, why do minimalist photos radiate enormous power to Manon? Why does she use black and white, contrasts, high and low key, contours and silhouettes that much? Manon answers these and other questions. She also gives practical tips & tricks that you can apply immediately. In any case, Manon hopes to convey her passion for photography and nature to you!

Vogels Manon Bruijn Nature Talks Fotofestival
Vos Manon Bruijn Nature Talks Fotofestival
Slak Manon Bruijn Nature Talks Fotofestival
Hert Manon Bruijn Nature Talks Fotofestival

Johan Lolos | Saturday

500.000 followers on Instagram in short time. How?

Instagram king and southern neighbor Johan Lolos has a dream job! As a professional photographer, he travels the world for a living. Who would not want that? Johan has a job that you wouldn’t immediately expect from someone who obtained his master’s in Public Relations. However, a few months after graduating in 2015 , he made a decision that changed his life forever…

Johan became a world traveler and influencer on Instagram. He’s a photographer known for his aesthetic nature photos with beautiful light. Someone who is especially attracted to great outdoors and the mountains. His book Peaks of Europe is a good result. During this lecture you will learn how Johan listened to his gouge and is now following his greatest dream: to travel the world as a professional photographer. He also tells how he gained an audience of nearly 500,000 followers on his incredible journey.

In this inspiring lecture he tells you everything about following your “gouge”. He really knows how to capture the light of the most magnificent destinations, as you can see in his aesthetic photographs. Nearly 500,000 people travel virtually with him via Instagram. 

He will share all his tips & tricks with you on Saturday March 13th. About boosting your Instagram account to become King or Queen Instagram. To top it all off, you can book an Instagram Marketing masterclass with him. You really don’t wanna miss this!

Foto van kano in groen water gemaakt door reisfotograaf Johan Lolos
Foto van twee vissers gemaakt door reisfotograaf Johan Lolos
Foto van boom in meer gemaakt door reisfotograaf Johan Lolos
Foto van de besneeuwde bergtoppen gemaakt door reisfotograaf Johan Lolos

Pie Aerts | Saturday

Exploring the disconnect

Pie Aerts is a Dutch documentary and wildlife photographer with a genuine interest in conflict stories between humans and wildlife. Through his lens he investigates the complicated relationship between animals, humans and nature. In March 2020, when the world came to a stop, Pie started Prints for Wildlife. A fundraising that raised $ 700,000 for conservation / conservation in just one month.

Pie feels the urge more than ever to be “the voice of our planet”. He really feels like the stories that he tells should give the places he goes to a voice. In the past 5 years, Pie has visited some extremely remote corners of our planet. There he has documented the diminishing connection we have with our natural environment and with each other.

Many of his photos show how the world is doing anno 2020. We live in a world that is rapidly individualising and as a result we collectively care about ourselves and our own struggle for survival more than ever. In fact, we are losing connection, with each other and with the planet we live on. And that’s a very dangerous thing because people stop caring. People will only fight for what they see and understand.

Pie hopes that his photos contribute to making a change and to encourage people to care again. That they make people fall in love again with their surroundings and with each other. Because if you love something, you’re willing to fight for it, whether it’s a landscape, an animal or your neighbors. And that’s what our planet needs.

Pie will discuss his findings during this lecture through beautiful images. He also talks about his vision of effective conservation.

Poema gefotografeerd door fotograaf Pie Aerts
Bomen gefotografeerd door fotograaf Pie Aerts
Olifanten gefotografeerd door fotograaf Pie Aerts
fotograaf Pie Aerts

Emanuele Biggi | Saturday

Macro maestro shares his love of creepy-crawlies…

Emanuele Biggi, aka spiderman, nature and conservation photographer, TV presenter, frog and insect nerd. Emanuele will lead us into a eight-legged world, which is way more vast and rich than one could think. A often underrated world of tiny but skillful hunters, parents, divers and engineers.

Spiders live all over the world, except perhaps on the poles. They are woven into every aspect of our life on this planet. Many people often kill spiders as vermin and others keep them as pets. The common thread in Emanuelle Biggi’s story is that we must understand that spiders are a precious ally in our own existence.. 

The survival of the human species on Earth is subjected to the survival of the other forms of life, not the contrary. It’s all about biodiversity. Our world is a playground for life and death, where the fulcrum is the health of every ecosystem. By losing a “piece” of nature, we lose part of us, including a sense of beauty and culture.

Spinnen fotografie Malagasy lion van Emanuele Biggi voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Spinnen fotografie van Emanuele Biggi voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Spinnen fotografie van Emanuele Biggi voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Spinnen fotografie van Emanuele Biggi voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Marcel van Kammen | Saturday

Bird photography: easier than it looks

How many bird photographers use their wide angle when they see a redshank on a pole? Marcel describes himself as stubborn and he certainly has that own way. As a nature photographer who mainly photographs birds, it is difficult to be unique, but you can pick out the ‘van Kammens’. Not that he gets the gift, not always in any case. Sometimes it takes many hours before the desired image is actually on the card, but then it is an image of great quality!

He never gets bored with birds, each time he discovers new things in their behavior. You can see how ingenious the animal world actually works and you marvel at how they get everything done without the techniques that we as humans have available. The nice thing about bird photography is that birds cannot be directed. He is a photographer who stands out in terms of composition and his own view on photography. His photos are always slightly different. Thinking out-of-the-box is important in bird photography.

Marcel van Kammen has been interested in nature and birds from an early age. He wants to open people’s eyes and hearts with his photos. To show the beauty of all living things, both large and small. Marcel hopes that his photos inspire people to protect vulnerable nature.

In his lecture, he demonstrates that you can take the most beautiful pictures of fairly everyday and common birds, such as the blue tit. He shows how much fun it is to dive into your subject for a longer period of time, to capture your subject in completely different ways and to experiment. And so you can capture very ‘normal’ subjects in a special and unique way!

Vogelfotografie door Marcel van Kammen tijdens Nature Talks Fotofestival
Vogelfotografie door Marcel van Kammen tijdens Nature Talks Fotofestival
Vogelfotografie door Marcel van Kammen tijdens Nature Talks Fotofestival
Vogelfotografie door Marcel van Kammen tijdens Nature Talks Fotofestival

Audun Rikardsen | Saturday

Photography and science hand in hand – Winter Whales Feast

On polar nights when the sun never rises, the tumultuous Norwegian Sea barely reaches 4 ° C. The city of Tromsø is located further north, at a latitude that women and men rarely cross: 350 km above the Arctic Circle. But this is far from stopping Canon Ambassador Audun Rikardsen. In search of snapshots of Nordic wild life as we have never seen it before, he takes his rugged Canon bodies and L-series lenses to inhospitable conditions: for days, weeks and even months, they are subject to snow, hail and wind.

Audun Rikardsen comes from a small fishing village in northern Norway called Steigen, also known as ‘the Gateway to the Arctic’. Coming from the world of whaling, he was led to take the opposite view of the family tradition. He strives to understand nature and has the greatest respect for it. Combining his curious temperament and his great interest in flora and fauna, above and below sea level, he takes photos which have earned him international recognition for his creativity and his keen technical sense.

Audun Rikardsen is first and foremost a scientist, professor of biology at the University of Tromsø, Norway. With an image, like no other medium can, he shares his research with the whole world. And this is the strength of his photographic work.

Some of his most successful photos can be attributed to his scientific knowledge and savvy approach to animal behavior. But he owes many other successes to his daring, so true that Audun Rikardsen thrives by making the impossible possible. “It’s not lucky,” he says of his most congratulated photos. We could rather qualify this man as eternally dissatisfied; Audun Rikardsen is always on the hunt for the perfect shot. He leaves his equipment in mountain shelters for months to photograph eagles in their nests; he plunges his cameras into icy waters to immortalize whales crisscrossing the seabed and he places his lenses face to face with polar bears … To produce as many captivating and educational images on wild life.

“Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a fish staring in dread at its approaching predator?”. This type of questioning has enabled Audun Rikardsen to take some of the most remarkable photos. It has often been thought that visions and points of view inaccessible to the human eye could become accessible through carefully positioned objectives.

Here, the scientist-photographer tells us about the challenges he took on during his photo expeditions in the Arctic. He also presents the essentials of the profession and reveals the secrets of his prowess.

Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Stefan Christmann | Saturday

Penguin Love – A bond for live

Love. That is what Stefan Christmann‘s lecture is all about during the lecture – with a mix of photos and video fragments. And especially: penguin love. A term that describes the strong bonds that penguins create with each other to survive the brutal Antarctic winter. He tells about his time in Antarctica where he stayed to document the life cycle of the Emperor Penguins.

Receiving a photography scholarship from the North American Nature Photography Association in 2005 was a life-altering experience for Stefan. Working as a scientist in Antarctica in 2012, he used every free minute to document the life of a nearby emperor penguin colony. He returned in 2017 to complete a comprehensive body of work about one of nature’s most gripping survival stories.

Through his lecture you will learn all about the Emperor penguins, but also about the Antarctic landscape, the sea ice, the ice shelf and the effects of climate change on the habitat of the penguins. He will also show you how to get to Antarctica and what the research station looks like. In short: a lecture that moves you.

Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Keizerpinguins van fotograaf Stefan Christmann
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Andrew (Andy) Parkinson | Saturday

Animals in their environment

Andrew Parkinson, from Crich in Derbyshire, combines renovating his house with heading out to shoot “unique and credible” bodies of work. His images have won approval from Chris Packham and he has been named the 2016 Bird Photographer of the Year. Andrew said a trip to visit grizzly bears in Alaska first encouraged him to take up photography. He likes to photograph animals as part of their environment.

Andrew has now joined the Nikon Ambassador ranks as a multi-award winning wildlife photographer and is a regular National Geographic Feature Contributor. His photography is used globally by a network of leading agencies and publications including Getty, The Discovery Channel, The New York Times and RSPB Images. Andrew operates exclusively with wild animals and often speaks about the ethics of photography, conservation and animal rights. His integrity for the natural world translate clearly into every image he produces.

Andy finds that there’s a lot of what he’d call homogeneity with wildlife photography now. He likes to produce unique and credible bodies of work. He finds it absurd that anyone would need to pay someone to find them wildlife to photograph. That’s why he likes to be quite cagy about his locations. Mountain hares are his favourite animals to photograph. He loves the physical challenge, the isolation and beauty of photographing these animals up close.

Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Keizerpinguins van fotograaf Stefan Christmann
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Mathijs Frenken | Saturday

In a nutshell

Mathijs Frenken has been interested in nature and especially in birds from an early age. He loves to be at the mercy of nature’s whims and portray nature in his own creative way. It gives him a feeling of freedom. Showing how beautiful nature is and that we must protect it is what he wants to achieve.

With this lecture he hopes to inspire you to look for your own, creative, way to photograph nature (and therefore also birds). He does this based on his personal search for his own style to capture nature. How did certain photos come about? Which creative techniques did Mathijs use? How does he create images that invite the viewer to look longer? These and other questions will be addressed during this inspiring and educational lecture.

Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Aaron Gekoski | Saturday

ANIMOSITY: Documenting Human-Animal Conflict

Aaron Gekoski is an internationally acclaimed environmental photojournalist. He has an enormous appearance, almost that of a movie star! He documents conflicts between humans and animals in the most inhospitable places on earth. He is also a filmmaker. When we saw one of his documentaries on NatGeo Wild and later another on the Discovery Channel, we knew for sure: we want him absolutely at our festival! Aaron is currently busy producing and presenting a series of documentaries on the exotic pet trade and wildlife tourism.

Nature in our world is in crisis. Worldwide, animals are traded, hunted, poached, consumed and exploited to the point of extinction. Their shocking story is told through the lens and eyes of Aaron Gekoski. It showcases powerful and impressive photos and compelling stories from the conservation front line. These range from Cambodian dungeons to drown dogs, voodoo markets in West Africa to cruel wildlife tourism attractions and the shadowy world of the exotic pet trade. It promises to be an impressive lecture with sometimes intense images …

Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Speakers on day 2 - Sunday March 14th at the 'Inspiration program'

Federico Veronesi | Sunday

One Life

His passion for Afrika began as a small boy. He was so in love with African animals that his parents just had to take him to Africa! It was the trip of his dreams already and he was just six-years-old. The next time was after university. He came back on an internship organised by the Italian embassy after university and one of the destinations they offered was Nairobi, so he decided to find out what it would be like living there after three months. So in 2000 he moved in and he just loved it, thought: this is the place! It was a total addiction, he couldn’t really get away from. So he decided to move there. He still didn’t have a place to stay and left everything behind. That’s how it started. He used to always drive himself, he never went with a guide, so he got to know the park really well because he was driving himself, finding the animals himself and following them day after day. His worries for the future of its wildlife began there too.

He’s the name behind the cover image of Remembering Elephants, and his first book, Light and Dust, has been published to wide acclaim. Airborne dust actually contributes to the quality of light in his opinon. It gives so much drama and cleans up the imige, cleans up the background. On many of his images you see animals running in dust, which is evocative of an Afrikan atmosphere: there’s light, there’s sun, there’s dust.

Join Federico Veronesi on a voyage of discovery through Africa. Explore the most beautiful places in Africa and its majestic animals with him. During this lecture he will follow his new book One Life. The book is built metaphorically around the cups and savannas of the Serengeti ecosystem.

A story and journey that takes you across the rivers and deserts of Amboseli and Namibia, to the enchanted forests of Mana Pools in Zimbabwe and Lake Nakuru in Kenya. With his beautiful photos he introduces the fascinating animals and their stories. During his inspiring lecture you will also have the opportunity to see more about his approach and photographic style.

Foto van leeuw en leeuwin gemaakt door wildlife fotograaf Frederico Veronesi
Foto van leeuw en jong gemaakt door fotograaf Frederico Veronesi
Foto van neushoorn gemaakt door fotograaf Frederico Veronesi
Foto van een giraf in blue forest gemaakt door fotograaf Frederico Veronesi

Alex Mustard | Sunday

Sex addict…

Where’s sex is Alex Mustard. Whenever he is traveling he is always on the hunt for sex. He selects his destinations by sex, travels in the right season for sex, and even watches the lunar calendar to maximize his chances. And when it all comes together, that’s the perfect climax to his photo shoot.

Dr. Alex Mustard is a marine biologist and one of the world’s leading underwater photographers. He has won many prestigious awards and has written and / or contributed to many books. For example, he has provided still images from well-known BBC documentary series such as David Attenborough’s Life On Earth and Blue Planet II.

You will learn everything about the technical photography skills that are needed to record natural animal behavior and especially the mating behavior. Alex will show you that there is a lot involved in this during this educational and inspiring lecture. Watch out that you don’t get addicted like him…!

Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Andrew (Andy) Parkinson | Sunday

Secretive photographer winning national recognition for his wildlife images

Andrew Parkinson, from Crich in Derbyshire, combines renovating his house with heading out to shoot “unique and credible” bodies of work. His images have won approval from Chris Packham and he has been named the 2016 Bird Photographer of the Year. Andrew said a trip to visit grizzly bears in Alaska first encouraged him to take up photography. He likes to photograph animals as part of their environment.

Andrew has now joined the Nikon Ambassador ranks as a multi-award winning wildlife photographer and is a regular National Geographic Feature Contributor. His photography is used globally by a network of leading agencies and publications including Getty, The Discovery Channel, The New York Times and RSPB Images. Andrew operates exclusively with wild animals and often speaks about the ethics of photography, conservation and animal rights. His integrity for the natural world translate clearly into every image he produces.

Andy finds that there’s a lot of what he’d call homogeneity with wildlife photography now. He likes to produce unique and credible bodies of work. He finds it absurd that anyone would need to pay someone to find them wildlife to photograph. That’s why he likes to be quite cagy about his locations. Mountain hares are his favourite animals to photograph. He loves the physical challenge, the isolation and beauty of photographing these animals up close.

Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Keizerpinguins van fotograaf Stefan Christmann
Pinguins in Antarctica door fotograaf Stefan Christmann voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Michel Lucas | Sunday

My landscapes, personal reflections

In this inspiring lecture Michel Lucas looks back on ten years of landscape photography. He shows you precisely those specific images that are so important to him. Michel talks about his choice of (natural) landscapes, his focus on two specific nature reserves and his addiction to fog. On the way he introduces you to some “old friends”. “Friends” who keep returning to him to be captured.

He also discusses his sources of inspiration and tells how he came to his intimate and “whispering” images. Michel hopes that all of this will inspire you enough to make personal choices and to find more meaning and satisfaction in your photography.

 

Spinnen fotografie Malagasy lion van Emanuele Biggi voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Spinnen fotografie van Emanuele Biggi voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Spinnen fotografie van Emanuele Biggi voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Spinnen fotografie van Emanuele Biggi voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Marco Gaiotti | Sunday

Polar Lights

Marco Gaiotti is Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Naval Architecture Engineering, but he’s also Ski trainer for professional skiers.  So he’s a jack of all trades. All those different skills are of course very useful for the extraordinary activities he performs to earn a living with.

He was born in Genoa in 1983. In 2007 he discovered, almost by chance, the wild environments of South Africa, and with that the passion for nature photography was born. Every year he explores the most extreme areas of our planet. In 2009 he spent a month in Alaska. He camped there in the wild and observed the untouched nature and spectacular landscapes. From this experience grows the desire to give the passion for nature photography a more professional tone.

In the fall of 2013, he takes part in an expedition to the Svalbard Islands and stays here a few days before the polar night. The results of this photographic adventure prove to be of the highest quality and subsequently appear in major international newspapers, including a full spread print in “The Guardian”.

In recent years, his style has become more oriented towards naturalistic photography. The photos are a powerful combination of flora and fauna, which makes them loaded with meaning: you simply doubt whether the subject is the animal or its environment.

Marco Giaotti has rightly won some major awards in the most important international wildlife photography competitions: The SONY WPA (Open Shortlist), Nature’s Best, Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Memorial Maria Luisa. Other awards have been received from Asferico, GDT European Photographer of the Year, Montphoto, Oasis, Glanzlichter, SIPA, Global Arctic Awards and Nature Photographer of the Year.

His inspiring talk is about photography in the high Arctic. In his presentation, he shows the arctic fauna during the change of seasons, when the polar lights are at their best. He also discusses climate change: sea ice that melts earlier in the season and recedes more and more every year. The periods without ice are therefore getting longer every year. Many animals depend on the pack ice for survival. This is therefore a serious threat to many arctic species.

Marco loves unspoiled natural landscapes. In his landscape he subtly gives way to different animal species such as polar bears, walruses, arctic foxes and seals. His photos are distinguished by the magical soft lights that illuminate the landscape. Or because of dramatic skies. Marco’s images are in any case a feast for the eyes.

As of January 1, 2020, Marco Gaiotti will also be involved in our photo tours as a tour guide.
Marco Gaiotti 500px
Marco Gaiotti Facebook

IJsbeer gefotografeerd door Marco Gaiotti
IJsberen gefotografeerd door Marco Gaiotti
Muskusossen gefotografeerd door Marco Gaiotti
Wederopstanding gemaakt door fotograaf Marsel van Oosten bij Nature Talks Fotofestival

Marsel van Oosten | Sunday

A Tribute to Mother Earth

Marsel van Oosten, born in the Netherlands, started his career in advertising. Initially, Marsel saw photography primarily as a way to escape the fast-paced world of advertising, but after a trip through Tanzania, where he got a closer look at the animals in the Serengeti, he developed a real passion for nature photography. Five years later, Marsel left the advertising world as an art director to become a full-time photographer. A choice neither he nor we have ever regretted! What a great job this guy does.. When you look at his work you can see that his carrier in advertising helped in a lot when it comes to good compositions. It certainly brings in good value to an image.

How many photo contests has he won? What if we say his trophy cabinet is even bigger than his bedroom? Hopefully, you know enough by now. Luckily we don’t have to polish them, but we can all enjoy all his eye-catching photos though!

During our festival he brings his world wide premiere! Marsel van Oosten will give us a preview of his new book that will be published next April. The book consists largely of award-winning photos, his most popular images, his personal favorites and many, many new and never-before-published photos.  Yes! It is a combination of nature and landscape photography – both in color and in black and white. The depictions of exotic animals and undiscovered landscapes from five different continents are stunning.

But for Marsel this isn’t only a collection of beautiful photos. It’s a visual tribute to Mother Earth and a warning that nature is under serious threat. Our attention is desperately needed!! During his lecture, Marsel will discuss the conservation side of the images. Using fascinating behind-the-scenes material he will explain how certain photos were made. Make sure you don’t miss this lecture! And please join him in the live Q&A sessions.

Foto van twee apen gemaakt door fotograaf Marsel van Oosten bij Nature Talks Fotofestival
IJsgrot gemaakt door fotograaf Marsel van Oosten bij Nature Talks Fotofestival
Foto van woestijn gemaakt door fotograaf Marsel van Oosten bij Nature Talks Fotofestival
Wederopstanding gemaakt door fotograaf Marsel van Oosten bij Nature Talks Fotofestival

Matt Maran | Sunday

Shooting foxes, The Compassionate Way

Matt Maran has been photographing wildlife for over twenty years. He traveled around the world several times for this. Since the pandemic, however, he mainly photographed close to home. His personal mission is to promote nature in his own city. He now focuses mainly on capturing the urban red fox. With his photos and stories, Matt wants to inspire you to investigate which fascinating stories play out in front of your own door.

His lecture is therefore about telling interesting stories close to home. Among other things, he will answer the following questions: How do you work on your photo project? How do you develop and tell a story? How do you keep improving photographically and challenging yourself creatively? He also discusses other aspects that are important for your photo project such as building relationships with local people. An inspiring and educational story that mainly focuses on the role of conservation photography.

Vossenfotografie Matt Maran
Vossenfotografie Matt Maran
Vossenfotografie Matt Maran

Tin Man Lee | Sunday

How to freeze and capture rapid moving animals without ending up with blurry images?

Tin Man Lee is an international award-winning wildlife photographer, blogger, and instructor who has had a deep love of wild animals since a young age. His photos have been published on the cover of Alaska magazine, Wild Planet Photo magazine, and annual NANPA Expressions. He was an invited judge of Nature’s Best Photography Asia and View Bug. He has been featured in the Smithsonian Earth, Natures Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nic software, 500 PX, Peta Pixel, et cetera. He also teaches two popular online photography courses: Dynamic Tension Stacking and Maximum Emotional Impact, and now has hundreds of award-winning photographers all over the world taking his classes.

On a personal note: you won’t find a more kinder and generous person with his knowledge of the art of wildlife photography.This fellow was on our ‘wanted list’ for the last four years! Figuratively of course. But his images are a feast for the eye. So we hoped that he wasn’t too big for one’s boots, otherwise we wouldn’t match. Fortunately this wasn’t the case and then we finally managed to snatch him for our festival, he’s now on our speakerslist. We couldn’t stop talking on the phone, someone had to call it off by saying I have to make other phonecalls today! Tin Man Lee is such a humble and funny guy. We shared laughs, ideas and talked about everything.

So we are pleased to introduce Tin Man with his talk on how to capture fast moving animals. Don’t we all struggle with that? How does he always manage to do it and how does he manage to get those beautiful colors in his photos? During this lecture he will teach you how to capture the critical moment in such a way that you touch people with your photos! This is an event you won’t want to miss! Bring your questions and sit back and enjoy the learning experience!

Jagende beer gefotografeerd door fotograaf Tin Man Lee voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Lynxen familie gefotografeerd door fotograaf Tin Man Lee voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Uil gefotografeerd door fotograaf Tin Man Lee voor Nature Talks Fotofestival
Twee kleine vossen gefotografeerd door fotograaf Tin Man Lee voor Nature Talks Fotofestival

Herman van der Hart | Sunday

Bird photography in The Gambia and Senegal

Herman van der Hart is an all-round nature photographer with a broad interest, but birds, wildlife and landscapes do have his preference. During his lecture he will take you to the wonderful hospitable countries Senegal and Gambia in West Africa. These countries are also known for a fantastic variety of exceptionally beautiful and colorful birds. The most important question for bird photographers is often: how do I make my photo trip a success?

During his lecture, Herman will explain how you can get the most out of your photo trip in this part of the world. What can you expect when visiting these countries when it comes to traveling, sleeping and photographing? He hopes – in addition to all the tips for bird photography and of course the possibilities of capturing wild animals, landscapes and people in a beautiful image – to convey his love for these countries to you.

Foto van vogel in Afrika gemaakt door fotograaf Herman van der Hart
Vogelfotografie in Afrika gemaakt door fotograaf Herman van der Hart
Foto van twee ijsvogels gemaakt door fotograaf Herman van der Hart
Vogelfotografie in Afrika gemaakt door fotograaf Herman van der Hart

Ronald Peeters | Sunday

Artistic nature photography

Whether it be small feathers, spore caps of moss or a soft ripple in the water, Ronald Peeters can completely lose himself in it. With his artistic look, he manages to create a world that is only reserved for fairies and other mystical creatures.

In his working life he is a biology teacher. Nature photography is his passion. Ronald loves nature and tranquility. He would like to take you to the world beyond the directly observable with his photos .

In his artistic nature photography Ronald Peeters is always looking for possibilities to depict what his wonder about nature evokes in him. He transforms his photo projects into visual stories-in-music, which he presents under the title Whispering of the Muses. Ronald will take you along in his Whisperings during this inspiring lecture.

He shows you some of those cartoons. A tip of the veil… In Swans’ delight, swans take you along in their swan ballet full of royal wing beats. Feathers’ Wonderland takes you to wondrous vistas that reveal floating feathers full of dew drops at the first rays of the sun. Dream away with his poetic and impressionist images!

Foto van vogel in Afrika gemaakt door fotograaf Herman van der Hart
Vogelfotografie in Afrika gemaakt door fotograaf Herman van der Hart
Foto van twee ijsvogels gemaakt door fotograaf Herman van der Hart
Vogelfotografie in Afrika gemaakt door fotograaf Herman van der Hart

Gheorghe Popa | Sunday

Cuejdel: the enchanted and dangerous lake

Last year we met Gheorghe Popa at our festival during the award show of Nature Photographer of the Year. He won the Portfolio Award with his stunning landscape images made in Romania. He’s such a great guy! He has his own pharmacy business. As a person he is very humorous and adventurous and besides he is also a very talented photographer!

But what we also remember about him is that photography can sometimes be very dangerous! He almost got killed… Lucky for us and his family it didn’t happen and he will show us how he makes his beautiful and artistic landscape photos. He will also tell us why he was allowed to live twice….

Gheorge Popa loves all forms of photography, yet he usually focuses his lens on landscapes. He has traveled a lot around the world, but despite that, Lake Cuejdel in Romania continues to give him the greatest satisfaction and joy. For him, Cuejdel is the place to relax and to practice his photography skills.

During this inspiring lecture, he will take you to the enchanting Lake Cuejdel during the four seasons. He tells you how he was there any time of the day, to search for the best photo opportunity. Often it didn’t work out and he came home frustrated. The perfect light he was looking for was missing, or simply because he was dissatisfied with the technical result.

At a certain point everything fell into place: the light, the fog and especially the inspiration. Over a period of four years, he has made a whole collection of special photos in the different seasons. Enjoy Gheorghes magical pictures and let yourself be enchanted!

 

Cuejdel meer foto gemaakt door fotograaf Gheorghe Poppa Nature Talks Fotofestival
Cuejdel meer foto gemaakt door fotograaf Gheorghe Poppa Nature Talks Fotofestival
Cuejdel meer foto gemaakt door fotograaf Gheorghe Poppa Nature Talks Fotofestival
Cuejdel meer foto gemaakt door fotograaf Gheorghe Poppa Nature Talks Fotofestival