I am very proud to announce that, for the second year in a row, I won the title Nature Photographer Of The Year at the prestigious International Photography Awards (IPA), as well as several other prizes.

My entry The Valley Of Death was awarded 1st Prize in the Nature-Trees category at this year’s edition of the competition, and it was chosen as the overall winner of the Nature category. The winning series consists of five landscape photographs that I shot in my favorite country, Namibia. I posted one of the images from this series here yesterday.

I also won 1st Prize in the Nature-Other category with my entry Dwarfed, a series of landscape photographs shot at various locations, featuring small human figures in awe-inspiring scenery. I like to do this in my wildlife photography as well, and as a result an English photo magazine once called me 'a wildlife photographer who thinks like a landscape photographer'. And although I don't consider myself a wildlife photographer (I prefer nature photographer), I see what they mean, and I think they're right. It's the landscape that I often value more than the subject itself. The winning shots were taken in Libya, Iceland, Algeria and the US. Special thanks to my wife Daniella for posing for me in three of the five pictures - you may only be a few pixels high in each shot, but they wouldn't have been the same without you. :-)

This image is part of that winning series and shows some bizarre rock structures in the Algerian desert that are towering over Daniella like nocturnal giants. Shot about an hour after sunset.

I also won 2nd Prize with my entry Iceland in the Travel category, and 3rd Prize with my entry Close Encounters in the Wildlife category. More information on can be found on my blog.

As one of the eight category winners, I am still in the race to win the title International Photographer Of The Year. During the 10th Annual Lucie Awards ceremony on October 8, one of the finalists will be crowned overall winner, earning one of the coveted Lucie statues and a cheque for 10,000 USD. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the event as I will be in Zambia hosting our Beyond The Great Rivers tour, but please wish me luck!

If you would like to join me on one of our photo tours and workshop and learn how to take shots like this, please check out my website for more information, pictures and tour impression video clips:

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Hope to see you there!


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