From The Ground Up

David Yarrow is perspiring. It’s another sweltering 90-plus degree day in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and the arid climate is sapping his energy and his patience. The park’s name means “place of dust” and it comprises 150-square miles of flat, largely featureless land on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Yarrow has come with the hope of photographing lions and perhaps elephants, as he has done many times before. However, during his several days here, wildlife sightings have been sparse. The London-based photographer has repeatedly returned to the park because unlike other African destinations such as Serengeti and Mara national parks, Amboseli is not swamped with tourists—or other photographers.

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David Yarrow gets right in the action
by Robert Kiener

more in Professional Photographer – August 2017


Photographer Captures The Beauty Of Animals Saved From Black Market Trade

In her ongoing series aptly titled “Where the Wild Things Are,” Los Angeles-based photographer Natasha Wilson shines a light on the ethereal beauty of wildlife saved from entering the black market trade.

The wild animal black market involves the capturing and selling of animals with the intent to house the undomesticated creatures as pets. Before being sold however, the animals are imprinted by humans, meaning their natural instincts such as hunting is trained out of them, making it impossible for them to survive in the wild.

Because of this, California-based wild life sanctuary Animal Tracks has built a refuge for animals who survived the trade.

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Photographer Captures The Beauty Of Animals Saved From Black Market Trade

more at Design That Sticks

Dog Photographer of the Year

Dogs are more popular than ever. In the hearts and minds of people everywhere, dogs are true companions and make a real difference to our lives.

Overall Winner and Man’s Best Friend 1st Place Winner Maria Davison Ramos, Portugal
Title of image: ‘A Girl’s Best Friend’
Dog: Yzma, cross breed and rescue dog
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Dogs at Play Category 1st Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA
Title of image: “Splash!”
Dog: Petey, Wheaten Terrier
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Dog Portrait 1st Place Winner, Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia
Title of image: ‘Black Beauty’
Dog: Sisley- Shou Gerat Grant Ahtiar Ak Jar, Afghan Hound
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Oldies Category 1st Place Winner John Liot, UK
Title of image: “Kelly in her spot.”
Dog: Kelly, Unknown Breed, Cross Breed
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Puppies Category 1st Place Winner Mirjam Schreurs, Netherlands
Title of image: ‘Full Concentration’
Dog: Tyson, boxer
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Rescue Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA
Title of image: “Home.”
Dog: Joshua, Pitbull Terrier (cross breed)
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more at Dog Photographer of the Year

The Nurses And I | Benny Rebel

Born in Iran and living in Germany ever since, Benny is one of the most successful wildlife photographers of this century. Until now he has organized and carried out numerous film, photo, environmental protection, and adventure expeditions to several countries. He is famous for his extreme close-up portraits of dangerous wildlife of Africa by approaching within feet of the animals.

More than 20 years ago, I came in contact with several environment protection organizations and learned about the various abuses caused to wild animals by greedy people and companies. They ruthlessly destroyed nature and had already exterminated many species of animals, while others were on the brink of it.

When we started helping out endangered species, mainly elephants, whales and rhinoceroses, we had to take several extensive measures to protect them.

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The Nurses And I | Benny Rebel
more in Chiiz Magazine Volume 2

Welcome to the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards

Welcome to the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards. Competition entries open until 18 August 2017.

The RSPCA Young Photographer Awards is open to anyone aged 18 or younger. The aim of the competition is to encourage young people’s interest in photography and their appreciation and understanding of the animals around them.

Kyle Moore | Rainy Days
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Magnus McLeod | Unlucky perch
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Owen Gee | Draw the long straw
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Jake Kneale | Where now?
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Mairi Eyres | Ant on patrol
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RSPCA Young Photographer Awards
Competition entries open until 18 August 2017
more info at rspca

Protect | Preserve | Prevent

Giving a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves, Jasper Doest is on a mission to trigger our emotions.

“Without imagery I don’t think we’d be able to communicate some issues”

“A portrait of a beautiful animal like these grey seals helps people fall in love, and once you love something, you’re willing to fight for it.”

Protect | Preserve | Prevent
Jasper Doest is an award winning photographer specialising in wildlife, conservation issues and travel. His provocative images have been published in numerous magazines and books, including National Geographic and GEO.

more in Practical Photography Magazine — June 2017

The Circle of Life | Chris Schmid

Award-winning nature photographer captures stunning imagery of African wildlife; depicting the harsh realities of survival in the wild.

Photographer Chris Schmid set out on an awe-inspiring photography expedition to the dry salt planes of Namibia.

The shoot was part of Chris’ documentary ‘The African Survivors’; filming and photographing endangered species across Africa; looking at how the same animals behaved differently in differently environments.

The enigmatic beauty of the wild is enriched through the lens of Sony’s RX10 III camera; combining an extended 24-600mm 25x super-telephoto zoom with a powerful sensor poised to capture sensational close-up detail.

Award winning photographer Chris Schmid, commented: “I find photographing the local nature in Namibia fascinating; seeing how the animals have adapted their behaviour to be able to survive is a wonderful story to tell through the camera lens. Vegetation and water supplies are a lot more limited in such dry environments, we see that groups of animals split up more often when hunting for their next food source. With precious few places to hide, this makes the territory extremely effective and deadly.”

The Circle of Life
more at Sony