”It is an honour for me to announce that two of my images were awarded in one of the world’s most creative nature photo competitions – the Indian ”Nature inFocus Photography Contest 2021” says Staffan. The image of the African savannah elephant hiding behind a bush was awarded in the Animals portrait category and the image of a fisherman displaying his fresh harvest of shark fins.
Staffan Widstrand and Magnus Lundgrens book ”Papua – bland paradisfåglar och djävulsrockor” is awarded Panda book of the year 2022 by WWF Sweden. To quote the WWF jury, the book is ”nature photography elevated to art” . The photographers and authors Magnus Lundgren and Staffan Widstrand take the reader on a visually captivating and fascinating journey of discovery, through West Papua’s unique tropical wilderness.
Invited by the Russian Federation of Nature Photographers and the competition Golden Turtle in Moscow Staffan held a presentation on Youtube showing ”Wild Wonders of Scandinavia”. ”Great fun, thanks guys!” says Staffan.
Staffan is now a Sony Imaging Ambassador! Why did you change from Nikon? ”Nikon gear has done me well for 38 years of photography. Now I found out that Sony gear could do all that the Nikon gear did, plus it can do a few more important things for me and it does it better. Auto focus, frames per second and above all AF for videos, Sony video is wonderful!” says Staffan.
Staffans iconic image of the Pallas cat from Qinghai, China was the exhibition gallery winner in December in Wild Planet Photo Magazine https://wildplanetphotomagazine.com/event/exhibition-gallery/
Staffan is featured on Szeroki Kadr, a Polish Photography Online Community with tutorials, technical information and inspiration.
Staffans image of a Griffon vulture in motion has been commended in the Creative imagery category of the photo competition Bird Photographer of the Year 2019.
Staffan was invited to ”Naturfotodagarna” in Västerås, Sweden, as a keynote presenter on Saturday February 16, 2019. In relation to the event there was a big feature with Staffan and his images in the local newspaper Vestmanlands Läns tidning. Staffans images were also part of the exhibition at the event and could also be seen in the Nikon and Wild Nature Photo adventures booths. The event was well organized by Camera Natura and Staffan says ”Thanks Conny Jonsson and your team, it was great fun!”
Staffans images of the Chinese Milu deer (Père David’s deer) are part of a big story in the Chinese edition of National Geographic Magazine, including its cover image! ”Proud. Yet another result from Wild Wonders of China!” says Staffan. Please visit www.wildwondersofchina.com
Staffans image of African Savannah Elephant, Loxodonta africana, camouflaging itself behind a too small bush in Marataba Private Reserve, Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa has been published in several British newspapers. On January 29 it could be seen in The Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Star and The Sun. Please view the In Press page to see it in detail.
Wild Nature Photo Adventures organized a nature photography day together with Fotosidan at Fotografiska in Stockholm on October 6, 2018. The day was packed with workshops and inspirational talks by photographers some of which can be viewed on UR Play as they were filmed by Swedish national television. Staffan talks about the Wild Wonders of China in his talk (in Swedish).
Three Wild Wonders of China images are among the top 20 finalists in the Chinese Golden Porpoise photo competition. The images photographed by Magnus Lundgren and Staffan Widstrand are on show here at the United Nations biodiversity conference held in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt 13-29 November.
A new gallery Wuhan, East Lake, China is now up on show with images from the newly created “East Lake Greenway” in Wuhan, a vast, new, modern city park with some 70 km of biking trails, jogging trails and a great lake that for every year now has cleaner water. An amazing change from earlier decades of poor water quality because of sewage and industrial waste in this city of 13 million people. Through major effort and investment, a major achievement for environmental and peoples health.
All photos are by Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China on assignment for Yangtze Daily, with valuable help and expertise from local experts and the wonderful visual artist Yuan Minghui, one of China’s internationally most frequently prize-winning nature photographers.
All images with Nikon D850 and a bunch of different Nikkor lenses
Staffans image of a brown bear amongst dandelions is on the cover of Swedish WWF Eko magazine. Two more of his bear images can be found inside the magazine illustrating the article about forests.
Staffan is interviewed in a Swedish nature photo pod cast and talks about the emotional power of photography, why working together with other conservation photographers is so successful and how the Wild Wonders initiatives started. Please listen to Naturfotopodden avsnitt 23 (in Swedish).
Staffan will be on the Nikon stage talking about his projects and showing images on Friday March 9 at 11.00-11.30, Saturday March 10 at 15.00-15.30 and on Sunday March 11 at 15.00-15.30. You will also find him at the Wild Nature Photo Adventures stand during the weekend. Please visit Fotomässan for more information about the events.
Together with fellow wildlife photographers Vincent Munier, Britta Jaschinski and Adrian Steirn Staffan will be leading an exclusive wildlife photography workshop and seminar in a luxury safari lodge in South Africa 24-30 November 2018. The event is called Capture Earth
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.”
Swedish WWF bring attention to Staffans image of the Palla’s cat in the latest issue of their magazine WWF Eko. The image was on the cover of the magazine earlier this year and has since been awarded in both China’s largest nature photo competition and in the Oasis photo competition. WWF Eko also highlight the book Ett Vildare Liv (A wilder life) by Magnus Lundgren and Staffan Widstrand, awarded Panda Book of the Year by WWF Sweden. Signed copies of the book can be ordered directly by contacting Staffan.
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 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 (email@example.com 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.