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2019 IFWP Photograph of the Year Competition

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Hello everyone!

 


We are very pleased to invite every photographer from our member associations to participate in this year’s competition,2019 IFWP Photograph of the Year Competition.

 

The competition is open from May 1st, 2019 to 1st August 2019 at midnight.

The 2019 IFWP Photograph of the Year Competition is open to all participants officially registered in an IFWP member association at the date of entry. 

It is an online competition and there is no entry fee. The participants shall select and upload their images at this site: ifwp-photo.fotogenius.

You will find there as well information regarding the rules and all details concerning the different categories to participate in this year’s completion.

There are several categories for different disciplines in nature photography, in which photographers of any age can participate.

 

The IFWP will announce a category winner and 3 Finalist in each category and in both groups, general and young (born after 2000).

From the category winners the jury will choose the picture to be the 2019 IFWP Photograph of the Year in both Editions, General and Young (born after 2000).

 

You are all invited!

 

Good luck to all participants in this year’s competition!

Karlo Pesjak in memory.

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We sadly have to announce that our IFWP Board member (Vocal) and dear friend Karlo Pesjak (Sweden) has passed away recently.

He was an active member of PhotoNatura (PN) and the Swedish Nature Photographers (N). During my five years as secretary in PN and now as secretary of the IFWP there was not one single time when we needed volunteers for activities that his hand wasn’t upp. He was generous, helpful and sweet, and with his cheerful self and wonderful sense of humor always made things take a more positive turn.

For those who met him know what a big heart he had, always putting people first. For those who had the pleasure of joining forces with him in nature photography know what a fantastic photo enthusiast, photographer and nature lover he was. 

He will be dearly missed and our hearts reach out to his family.

Summary of the XXVI Aefona´s Congress 2018

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SUMMARY OF THE XXVI AEFONA’S CONGRESS 2018

 

 

We have just returned home from this year’s AEFONA congress, and we are very happy to have shared lots of beautiful moments with friends and colleagues for a long weekend.

The XXVI AEFONA congress was held in Valdellòs i Hospitalet de l’Infant (Spain) last weekend and there we enjoyed activities and talks for three days, 6-8 of December.

The first day, Thursday the 6th of December, started - as always - with the General Annual Assembly for our members, and this year it was very special since AEFONA’s board has changed. The board team leaded by Pablo Bou have left after four years of amazing work, and the new board lead by the new president, Miguel Ángel Pedrera, was voted and elected.

After this, the program started with the talk of the association Young Nature Photographers, who came to present the international community of young nature photographers, and they presented the work of one of the young members of the community, Arnau Pou.

 

 

Later that morning we enjoyed the talk by Fran Parody, Foxes, a look at their privacy: Silacea project, and after we could listen to José Luis Gómez de Francisco, who presented his book 35 years of photos on the backpack.

The afternoon continued with the talks of the Catalan Society of nature photographers (SCFN) and the Spanish Photography Confederation (CEF).

Later, we enjoyed the talk by Uge Fuertes, with the presentation of his new book Imagining worlds, and after him, we listened to the talk by Javier Puertas, Photographic Nature; followed by the last talk by Oriol Alamany and Eulàlia Vicens, After the trail of the snow leopard.

On Friday the 7th we started early morning with a photographic activity outdoors at sunrise in one of the iconic places in town, the beach of Torn.

Once back at the auditorium, we started the second day watching the audio-visuals by AEFONA members, we talked about the news for this coming year and we got to know our sponsors this year, which are: Arcadina, FotoRuanoPro, Eltima, Olympus, Fujifilm, Akashi Travel, Photopills, PhotoLogistisc, FotoK, Kamera, EGM, Canson, Ajuntament de Vandellòs i Hospitalet de l’Infant.

Later the same morning we continued with the talk by Óscar Díez, Time is what it is, followed by Mario Suárez with his talk on Artistic bird photography.

We finished the morning with the presentation of the award-winner for the Conservationist Photographer of the Year 2018, prize awarded by AEFONA. And the winner for the 2018 edition is Jaime Culebras for his project “Ecuador, the biodiversity in extinction”   

After the lunch break, we enjoyed the talk by Pere Soler, Bird’s eye view, followed by the presentation of Ramiro Díaz’s personal project, Once upon a time there was a mouse, and J.B. Ruiz’s personal projects, Nature video with drone.

The afternoon was closed by the award-winner of the contest Conservationist Photographer of the Year (FCA), Jaime Culebras, who presented us his talks Ecuador, a megadiverse country and Loosing the biodiversity in Ecuador.

 

 

We started the last day of the congress with a new outdoor photographic activity at dawn, this time to enjoy the beach of Torn, emblematic landscape of Vandellòs i l’Hospitalet de l’Infant, from another perspective.

Once we all gathered again in the auditorium we listened to the presentations by Juanjo Peñafiel, From the invisible to the visible and by Ilñaki Relanzón, From Malvinas to Galápagos: the wild archipelagos.

The last talk was given by the Portuguese photographer Ricardo Lourenço, who showed us two presentations: the first by the collective to which he belongs with three other photographers, Alentejo Salvaje, and the second his personal work, Realces.

 

 

 

All this without forgetting our fantastic exhibition, which this year took the title Our magic nature, and contributed to this magnificent weekend.

And as always, receiving the newly printed IRIS with the work of our members is always a very emotional part of our congresses.

Thanks to everyone for another year!

New contest

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Hi, everyone!

 

Yes, we know Christmas is around the corner, but we just wanted to let you know that our friends from the Slovenian Nature Association are having a

photo contest in the beginning of next year.

 

The contest Magical Nature/The nature Photography of the Year is open to amateur as well as professional photographers from around the world.

 

You have time to present your photographs until February 17th next year, 2019.

 

The competition is now open! Go to the link bellow and entry your photos!

 

http://photonature.si/contest.html

 

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

IFWP Congress Report

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IFWP CONGRESS REPORT

GOTLAND, SWEDEN, 22 - 26 AUGUST 2018

 

Our congress took place in a beautiful place plenty of photo opportinities. We have to thank all the efforts made by our secretary, Anita Campbell to make it possible and well organized.


Five days plenty of activities, convivence, friendship, landscape...making the most of surises and sunsets.

Before the congress we received many General Assembly documents completed with the votes and proposals for IFWP, so we had a meeting to inform about the results and decissions for the future.

 

 RESULTS OF THE ONLINE GENERAL ASSEMBLY


Provide more information about:
-The budget for USB present for last congress.
-The conservation project.
-Members that do not have an administrator for the facebook webpage.


MAJORITY DECISSIONS:


-No change of name.
-Change the treasury system.
-Category in our competition with digital manipulation.
-Allow cropping in our competition to a maxximum of 3.500 px.

 

ANSWER TO THE CONSULTS


-The budget for USB present for 2017 congress. Every year the board wills to thank all our members that effort coming to the congress by giving a gift. This items serve also to represent us, given to sponsors and everywhere we have a meeting about conservation agreements and other representative matters. Last year it was an USB pendrive marked in laser IFWP in green colour that costed 918 euro. We made 1.200 units and we have 982 that will last some years. This year present has been a soft lens cleaner cloth in green colour, printed IFWP. We made 200 and the cost was 94 euro.


-The conservation project. We discuss about this project in our congress and informed about its basement. Very soon a large pdf with all details will reach our members and published in our media. Basically is a campaign with different photo equipment brands and dealers to distribute a foldable brochure to promote the respect to  nature from some of our most renown nature and conservation photographers in IFWP.

-Members that do not have an administrator for the facebook webpage. Please write an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NEXT IFWP STEPS


We had a fast and positive response from our members in Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Cornwall, France and Spain and some of the GA documents arrived later. Our main works this year are:


-Change the economic system.
-Start our big conservation project.
-Keep our competition and congress dates.
-Get our members more involved.

 

PRESENTIAL BOARD MEMBERS IN THE CONGRESS


Campbell, Anita. Secretary.
Hermansen, Pal. Vicepresident.
Westh Hansesn, Svend Erik. Treasurer.
Pesjak, Carlo. Vocal.
Ruiz, Jose B. President.


RECIENT NEWS

 

There is a new initiative to add to hides for conservation from SAM, a foundation to buy land in Menorca island for a wildlife and autoctonous horses sanctuary. We will start helping the founders by sepetember 2018.

We are looking for a new competition manager so that the last volunteers can join the competition. We have asked about in the Gereral Assembly document. There is a compensation as having free accommodation in our congress. A B plan is to fix the volunteering for 4 years and offer some expenses or compensation.

This year we will delay the dates waiting for proposals from our members. There should be a fixed budget for congress every year to help organizers 1.000 euro. 2019 IFWP Congress. We expect to have proposals from our members for 2019. Cornwall will be the proposal for 2020, kidly offered from our member Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Anita Campbell, our secretary, has been judge in Montphoto competition and lecturer in Montphoto Fest 2018. She had a great success.

YNP Camp 2018

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YNP CAMP, 1-4 November in Berlin

 

 
Welcome to the First Meeting of Young Nature Photographers community. An amazing long weekend that will take place this November 1-4 in Berlin, the YNP CAMP 2018.
This event is open to just 20 Young Nature Photographers, up to 25 y/o and it’s free. Just a 20 euros donation is required. We provide you all activities along the long weekend, accomodation at a very nice Hostel (shared rooms & breakfast incl.) and some meals.
If your passionate about nature photography, join us!! :)

Main contents along the long week-end are:

Talks

We are pleased to confirm the following speakers: Sandra Bartocha (Thursday), Klaus Tamm and Hermann Hirsch (Saturday) and Jon A Juárez (Sunday)

 

Workshops

Two workshops will take place on Saturday morning. One about microscopy thanks to Zeiss, and another one about birds.


Photo Rally

Nature in the city. On Friday. Berlin is a super green city, we will arrange a nice photographic rally along all the day…pictures pictures and pictures! with some surprises!


Portfolio review

Time to chill, to talk and enjoy with YNP CAMP participants, and to have a look at your photo profile as well, if you want to.


YNP presentations

All YNP CAMP participants are invited to make a short presentation (about 5 minutes talk) to show your work – On Sunday.


A lot of fun

We are preparing an amazing long weekend to learn, to share, and of course, to enjoy it!!


PROGRAM DAY BY DAY


THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER

YNP CAMP 2018 Opening. We and our friends - that make possible this event occurs - will welcome you in the afternoon. We will introduce each other, and after that we will have a nice conference with Sandra Bartocha.

If you plan to arrive earlier, we have some touristic recommendations to you.

 

 


FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER

On Friday, we will do what we like the most, nature photography. As we are in super green city: Berlin. We have prepared an amazing activity for today, a photographic rally in the city. Plenty of surprises and nice awards.


SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER

Two stunning workshops will take place in the morning. Microscopy and birds workshops. We will learn and take a lot of pics!

In the afternoon, two amazing lectures with Hermann Hirsch and Klaus Tamm!!!

 


SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER

YNP members portfolio presentations and portfolio review.

An amazing lecture by Jon Andoni Juarez  in the morning.

Closure event, and short YNP CAMP 2019 presentation.

 


Young nature photographers is the community for youth, a platform to facilitate connections and meetings among all members. We want to support the discovery of new environments and the development of creativity and artistic sensibility without forgetting all environmental and conservationist values.


Book your tickets at: http://www.ynphotographers.com/camp-registration/


* Minors, up to 14 years old, must be accompanied by an adult. Minors between 15-17 years of age must provide a disclaimer for their parents or guardians.

** The contents of the festival will be entirely in English.

 
 

Protect the wolf in Denmark

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Hello to everyone!

 

We would like to share with all of you a new group in Denmark created to protect the wolf in that country.

 

Svend Erik, from Denmark, tells us that the wolf is back in Denmark for the first time in 200 years and, as they are just 4-7 of them, it is urgent to protect them from those who want to hunt them, kill them or put them behind fences.

 

This new grupo aims to protect them and, in that way, allow them to stay free and wild in nature where they belong.

 

 

Please, follow the link bellow for more information and for supporting the cause.

 

 www.ulvetid.nu

  

 Regards

Attention all IFWP members!

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Here are some of the activities, besides all the nature photography, we willl indulge in during the 38th IFWP Congress on Gotland.

Make sure to register to the following e-mail adress: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will visit the lovely Lars Jonsson the 25th of August on southern Gotland, and have coffee or tea in his rose garden after seeing his exhibition

 
 
 
 
Lars Jonsson is Swedens most loved and respected bird painters. His bird guide is in the book shelf of every bird interested Swede's home. Here is one example of his art.
 
 
 
 
We will visit the summer place of the famous Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman the 24th of August, and have dinner in the Bergman Museum before hitting the coastline during sundown for sea stack photography.
For more information go to the following link: http://www.gotlandexcursion.se/excursion/faro-the-footsteps-of-ingmar-bergman
 
 
 
 
If you arrive a day earlier, 22/8, you can catch our X-tra excursion to the spectacular bird island of Stora Karlsö. We will stay one night in the light-house area seen on the picture.
Three course dinner and breakfast will be included in the price.
Please go to http://www.storakarlso.se/english/
for more pictures and information.
 
 

Program for the 38th Congress on Gotland, Sweden

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PROGRAM FOR THE 38TH IFWP CONGRESS ON GOTLAND, SWEDEN, AUGUST 22 - 26, 2018

 

22 August 

Early arrivals to Holmhällar

Activity 1:

Free photography all day

 

Lunch and dinner at Holmhällar

 

Activity 2:

Separate trip to Stora Karlsö. - Boat leaves 14:00 from Klintehamn. Bus takes you from Visby/airport to Klintehamn at 13:00. Photography. Three course dinner. Photography. Accommodation by the lighthouse.

 

23 August  

Activity 1:

Free morning photography for early arrivals.

 

Breakfast and lunch at Holmhällar or to go.

 

Activity 2:

Morning photography on Stora Karlsö, breakfast and return trip by boat to Klintehamn at 10:30 am.

Bus to Holmhällar from Klintehamn.

New arrival to Holmhällar with bus from Visby.

 

Dinner at Holmhällar and welcome!

 

Activity 1

Evening photography with a guide.***

Activity 2:

Sunset photography with filters and nocturnal workshop with José Benito Ruiz.*

 

24 August

Breakfast at Holmhällar or to go.

 

Activity 1:

Photography around Holmhällar and southern Gotland with a guide.***

 

Lunch and dinner at Holmhällar.

 

Activity 2:

Full day and evening trip to Visby. and Fårö

Bus to Visby (1,5 h). Lunch and visit for 2-3 hours. Bus continues to the island of Fårö and the Ingmar Bergman Center. Tour of the museum and a light dinner. Bus to the stone fields for photography before and at sundown. Bus to Holmhällar (3 hrs, opportunity to get some sleep on the bus:)).

 

25 August

Breakfast and lunch at Holmhällar or to go.

 

Early morning photography-landscape with a guide.***

Free time photography.

Visit and coffee at the Lars Jonsson Museum** (14:00-16;30). Hopefully Lars Jonsson will give us an overview of the nature of southern Gotland and guide us in his museum while we drink coffe in his beautiful rose garden.

 

Gala dinner with speakers, etc. Presentation of the "new" IFWP by José Benito Ruiz, president of the IFWP.

 

Activity 1:

Evening phography with a guide.***

Activity 2:

Sunset photography with filters and nocturnal workshop with José Benito Ruiz.*

 

26 August

Breakfast and lunch at Holmhällar or to go.

 

Activity 1 & 2:

Early morning photography on southern Gotland with a guide.***

 

Closing of the Congress.

Check-out.

Bus to the Visby ferries and airport.

 

*   José Benito Ruiz - President of the IFWP.

**  Lars Jonsson - World reknown bird painter

*** A guide will join you

 

LInks to follow for more information

Holmhällar: http://www.holmhallar.se/

Visby: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visby Fårö

           https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fårö

Stora Karlsö: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stora_Karlsö Bergmancentret

                      https://www.bergmancenter.se

Lars Jonsson: http://www.gotland.net/plats/museum-lars-jonssonj Museet

Gotland: http://www.gotland.net

 

A word of note

Please inform your individual members and keep an eye in our website and Facebook pages. Very soon you will habe the full information and booking page activated.

 

http://www.ifwp-photo.org/

https://www.facebook.com/internationalfederationofwildlifephotography/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IFWPgroup/

 

***Tentative names of some of those who may function as guides for one or more groups are, besides José Benito Ruiz (President of the IFWP, Spain), Pål Hermansen (Vice President, Norway) and Brutus Östling (PhotoNatura, Sweden).

 

 

 

38th Congress 2018

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