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!”

 

Presentation at Natur&Foto-dagen in Oslo

On February 4, 2017, Staffan will do a presentation at Natur&Foto-dagen in Oslo called “Don’t think Big, think Bigger”. “Would be fun to see you there!” says Staffan. This is how they describe it in Norwegian:

 

«Don’t think big, think bigger»
Et ”Best Of” av Staffan Widstrand, der han tar oss med gjennom sine ulike valg som
fotograf og kommunikatør, via sine store prosjekter (Ajunngilaq, De 5 Stora, Wild Sweden,
Wild Wonders of Europe, Rewilding Europe og nå til sist Wild Wonders of China).
Staffan er listet opp som en av verdens 40 mest innflytelsesrike naturfotografer.”

 

http://www.naturogfoto.no/magasin/magasin-ekstra/564-natur-foto-dagen

https://www.oslokonserthus.no/program/natur-foto-dagen/

 

African lion, Panthera Leo, Zimanga Private Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa (Staffan Widstrand)

Expedition Papua by Fondation Iris

Staffan was invited to join “Science et Images” expedition by the Fondation Iris to the rainforests and coral reefs of Raja Ampat, New Guinea, one of the World’s most biodiverse places. Aboard the ship Cahaya Mandiri for 4 weeks with the selected team of super-artists and super-scientists described by Staffan as amazingly capable and knowledgeable “I feel humbled by their inspiring company”, says Staffan “Thanks Fondation Iris for arranging the Papua Expedition and for inviting me for it! Thanks all Dream Team members and staff for all help carrying gear and bags through the bush for me!”

 

The team worked hard snorkeling daily and exploring the rainforest, the humidity being over 100%, air temperatures around 32 C and water temperatures about 31 C. “A bit warmer than the -40 C in Lapland, where I was this time last year…” Staffan recalls.

 

He describes the diversity of talents in their team “Stephanie Ledoux, incredibly talented painter and artist. Christophe Gruault, wonderful drone pilot and filmmaker. Christophe Thébaud, professor in Evolutionary Biology and one of the sharpest field ornithologists I have ever met. Magnus Lundgren, one of the World’s very best underwater photographers. Emilia d’Avack, marine biologist, coral conservationist and fearless diver. And the organizers of it all: Jean-Marie Hullot, IT genius and Françoise Brenckmann, Botany expert. And of course Jonathan Hullot, the main provider of the latest in French music and a lot of youthful energy to the team mix.”

 

You will soon be able to view Staffans images, like this Bird of Paradise, in a gallery here but in the meantime please feel free to have a look at the videos and images produced during the Papua Expedition by Fondation Iris, at https://vimeo.com/fondationiris. Plenty of turquoise waters, steaming rainforests and lush mangroves, plus a sprinkling of whale sharks, reef sharks, jellyfish lakes and manta rays…

 

 

Europe’s largest nature photography festival

”l’Or Vert” or the ”Green Gold – Festival International de la Photo Animalière et de Nature” is Europe’s largest nature photography festival, with some 35 000 visitors. It takes place in Montier-en-Der, Haute-Marne, France November 17-20 2016. Staffan has been invited as a ”Invitee d’Honneur de l´Etranger”, while the festival celebrates its first 20 years of existence. Staffan has exhibited there three times before and now offers  a new exhibition together with Mr. Chen Jianwei, called ”Wild Wonders of China – the first frames”. Staffan and Mr Chen will hold a lecture together on Saturday 19 November, at 16-16.45 at the Chapiteau venue. http://www.photo-montier.org/

 

Sichuan or Tibetan Takin, Budorcas taxicolor tibetana, Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve, NNR, Qingchuan County, Sichuan province, China (Staffan Widstrand)