WWF Panda book Award ceremony

Staffan Widstrand and Magnus Lundgren have been awarded the WWF Panda book of the Year Award 2017 for Ett vildare liv (“A Wilder Life”) A magnificent coffee-table book about the return of the wild, often called “rewilding”.

The book is a tribute to the amazing biodiversity that exists in Europe’s nature, but also about the need to recreate nature. It is about effective nature conservation – but also about actively reintroducing animal species like wild horses, aurochs and European bison which we lost a long time ago.

The jury’s motivation reads: “The authors take us along a European odyssey with a number of examples of how wildlife can come back and that much more than we imagine is actually possible. The book offers amazing images from Atlantic deep blue seas to our own mountains, from sunny grasslands to lush forests. “A Wilder Life” is a magnificent homage to our own and the rest of Europe’s nature which we read with both wonder and genuine joy.”

The authors explain their aim  “We want to see more of the wild coming back into our lives. We believe that almost all places can become one or several steps wilder. Often with surprisingly small efforts leading to great results. We ask ourselves what we could all do for the wild, in our daily lives, suggesting a number of possible actions. At the same time also demonstrating some of the latest successes within rewilding and nature conservation. It really works. Through emotional imagery from the Wild Wonders of Europe and Rewilding Europe initiatives, we showcase Europe’s amazing natural heritage. The powerful visuals underline how absolutely exciting and loveable nature is in our part of the world.”

It may seem utopian to see large grazing animals wandering over grasslands in the south of Sweden as an equivalent to Africa’s Serengeti. But in Europe, similar scenarios are already reality. In spite of all reports of shrinking space for nature and minus figures for biodiversity, parts of Europe are again rewilded.

The book discusses issues such as hunting and fishing, forestry, hydropower and the need for increased marine protection.

“Nature is coming back if we just leave it in peace. We are excited to spread that message to a larger audience through the Panda book Award, “said Staffan Widstrand and Magnus Lundgren.

The Award ceremony took place on October 11, when the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf handed over the prize in connection with WWF’s autumn meeting at Ulriksdal Palace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Saga Sandin / WWF

 

Short films by Nikon

Nikon has made a few short films about Staffan where he talks about his equipment and give some advice on how to interact with animals and succeed as a wildlife Photographer.

 

 

 

 

WWF Panda Book of the Year Award 2018

WWF Sweden gives Widstrand & Lundgren

The Panda Book of the Year Award 2018 for the book

”Ett vildare liv” (“A WILDER LIFE”)

 

A WILDER LIFE is a magnificent coffee-table book about the return of the wild, often called “rewilding”.

“We want to see more of the wild coming back into our lives. We believe that almost all places can become one or several steps wilder. Often with surprisingly small efforts leading to great results. We ask ourselves what we could all do for the wild, in our daily lives, suggesting a number of possible actions. At the same time also demonstrating some of the latest successes within rewilding and nature conservation. It really works. Through emotional imagery from the Wild Wonders of Europe and Rewilding Europe initiatives, we showcase Europe’s amazing natural heritage. The powerful visuals underline how absolutely exciting and loveable nature is in our part of the world.”

Staffan Widstrand and Magnus Lundgren

This first edition of “Ett vildare liv” is in Swedish. The book can be ordered already today through WWF Sweden (medlemsservice@wwf.se or phone 0046-8-624 74 14), or bought in a bookstore from early October onward.

A very special thanks to the brilliant Wild Wonders of Europe photographers Vincent Munier (the cover image), Grzegorz Leśniewski, Florian Möllers, Sandra Bartocha, Daniel Bergmann, Maurizio Biancarelli, Peter Cairns, Laurie Campbell, Cornelia Dörr, Martin Falklind, Erlend Haarberg, Ole Jørgen Liodden, Mireille de la Lez, David Maitland,Diego López, Verena Popp-Hackner, Iñaki Relanzon, Stefano Unterthiner, Markus Varesvuo, Konrad Wothe, Sven Zacek, Solvin Zankl and Christian Ziegler, whose pictures feature in the book, alongside Staffan’s and Magnus’s. Thanks of course to Nikon, Världsnaturfonden WWF and Rewilding Europe, Nokia and Epson, who have been solid partners over the years it took to produce this material. Finally, thanks also to Lotta Odelius, who is the design genius behind the graphic design of the book!

The book is printed on a 100% recycled paper called Cocoon Silk, from Antalis. Not one new tree has had to be cut for it.

Bird Photographer of the Year competition

One of Staffans images is awarded in the Bird Photographer of the Year competition. A close-up of a male King eider duck, from Varanger in Norway. Staffan says “Nice, this is the first time I took part in that competition. I heard the good news from Markus Varesvuo, who himself by the way, won the most prestigious and most difficult to get of all awards in the competition, the Best Portfolio Award. Congratulations Markus, hats off!” All the winning images can be viewed here

 

Male King Eider, Somateria spectabilis, Varanger, Norway. Eating ice (Staffan Widstrand)

 

Wild Nature Photo Tours are expanding

The well-known award-winning nature photographers, authors, tour- and workshop leaders Brutus Östling and Staffan Widstrand have now joined as partners/shareholders in Wild Nature Photo Tours, Sweden’s maybe most ambitious nature photo tour operator. Together with its founders Henrik Karlsson and Jan Pedersen they will now expand its offer to the nature travelers with a bouquet of new, exciting travel destinations, workshops and training courses, both near and far afield.
– ”Together with our existing tour leaders our strong team has now become a real Dream Team” says Jan and Henrik. ”The tour and workshop leadership knowledge we now have gathered, with over a hundred years of total field experience, is of world class”.
– ”We are looking forward to guiding Wild Nature’s enthusiastic travelers to a number of our own, carefully selected favourite spots. We really like the company’s principle that all tours shall be lead by someone who has actually been there before, and that it also supports local nature conservation actions financially.” says Brutus and Staffan. Please follow www.wildnaturefotoresor.se as they will soon be presenting most of these tour products also in English, so stay tuned!

 

Eagle image art

Artist William Tam recently created this wonderful painting/drawing inspired by one of Staffans photographs of a Golden Eagle in Norway, from Wild Wonders of Europe. Staffan says “Thanks William, Well done! And thanks for asking my permission to use it, very professional and friendly attitude!”