I was invited to speak at a readers event from Duiken magazine last saturday. I had a great time and enjoyed the presentations of the other photographers a lot.
The event was held at a nice venue in the Museon in the Hague where currently also the winning photos from BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year competition are at display.
Proud to be speaking amongst famous Dutch underwater photographers like Karin Brussaard, Rutger Geerling and the Belgian price winning duo Els van den Borre and Bruno van Saen I tried my best.
I am super thrilled to announce that I have won the National Geographic Frans Lanting Award 2014. My shot was selected as the overall winning image by the jury out of 5000 submissions. Winning this competition means a lot to me and shows that the effort put in planning and executing shoots as well as all the investments in equipment and travels are not in vain.
Above a short movie on when the final results were announced by Humberto Tan and Frans Lanting himself in the live broadcasted RTL4 Late Night Show. I was a bit flabbergasted :-)
I got interviewed by Duiken Magazine because of my nomination as a finalist in the National Geographic Frans Lanting award. I was asked to share some info on how I got the shot. Please find the link to the interview here.
I am happy to share that I am nominated as one of the 25 finalist in the Frans Lanting Award 2014. The theme of the competition is "Where the land meets the sea". My picture of the Californian "posing" sealion was nominated by the jury and the announcement was done live in the RTL4 Late Night Show last Wednesday.
As of this week my new article has been published in the Dutch Duiken Magazine. I am especially happy with the inclusion of relevant information on the illegal use of Fish Aggregation Devices in the Costa Rican waters. This is a serious issue which affects a myriad of wildlife in the ocean.
It took a while before it was finally published, but the article in the March edition of Duiken Magazine came out recently. Our trip to Ireland ended in May last year, however our experiences still remain vivid in our memories.
After the long winter we all expected spring to arrive during April and May, however even in these months there were only a few nice days to be enjoyed. The consequence was that the water temperature has been low for a very long time. This year we experienced hail and freezing temperatures still while we were diving with sepia's last year on the 4th of May. This postponed my return to the water as well. Despite these temperatures we went for a trip to Ireland, more specifically on the West coast of Ireland in County Clare.
Hurray! My first ever article is coming out in the March edition of Duiken Magazine in the Netherlands. If that was not enough already, they also chose one of my shots of the humpback as the cover shot for the edition. It will hit the market on 21st of February and is being pressed right now! Needless to say, I am very, very happy with it! ;-)