María Luisa Memorial Photo contest

Bill and legs
Bill and legs of a Spoonbill stork, Platalea alba, Pusztaszer, Kiskunságy National Park, Hungary

Staffans close up image of a Spoonbill stork was Highly Commended in the María Luisa Memorial Photo contest 2023.

Nordic Light images in Chinese photo exhibition

For a year now, the photo exhibition ”Born to be Wild” has been touring a number of the large cities around China, most recently Kunming and Beijing and now in Shanghai. The show contains four solo exhibitions Staffans Nordic Light images and the others by Mogens Trolle, Audun Rikardsen and Xi Zhinong. ”My part features 15 colourful images from the Nordic countries, called ”Nordic Light”. The exhibitions shine a light on the beauty of nature and the importance of loving and taking care of it.” says Staffan. This project has come about as a collaboration between the embassies of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in China.


María Luisa Memorial Photo contest

Black stork, Ciconia nigra, Pusztaszer landscape protected area, Hungary

Staffans close up image of a Black stork received an honerable mention in the María Luisa Memorial Photo contest 2022.

Sony Imaging Ambassador

A recording of a live webinar from 22 February 2022 with Staffan sharing his experiences being a Sony Imaging Ambassador. Learn more about cameras and lenses in Sony’s mirrorless system, get tips and advice on photography and be inspired by fantastic nature photos.

Two images awarded in Nature in Focus

African Savannah Elephant, Loxodonta africana, camouflaging itself behind a too small bush… Marataba Private Reserve, Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa

”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.

WWF Panda book of the year

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.

Youtube presentation

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.

Sony Imaging Ambassador

Photographer Staffan Widstrand with SONY gear, Malingsbo-Kloten nature reserve, Vastmanland, Sweden

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.

Nature Photography event in Västerås

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!”

Elephant image in UK press

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.

Wuhan, East Lake, China

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