Macro photography takes centre stage this month, to satiate a superb niche of photographers who like to see the detail in their subjects. Aside from our usual Magical Macro feature, which is bursting with colourful images of the weird and wonderful, we also share a selection of entries from the recent Close-up Photographer of the Year 2019 competition. This annual contest has a fantastic message that, no doubt, we could all benefit from; encouraging photographers to slow down and make long-lasting connections with the world around them.
This month’s Spotlight On features the work of Aaron Molenkamp from Australia, whose macro images are a real feast for the eyes. We hope all of this provides you with plenty of inspiration of close-up, macro and micro photography and motivates you to get out and try it for yourself.
If you’re looking for something to cool you down this July, have a read of Lorna Dockerill’s interview with the award-winning wildlife photographer, Florian Ledoux, for a fascinating insight into his prolific career, and whose photography of the world’s polar regions reveals an interesting perspective using aerial photography.
Want to add something new to your portfolio? Wildlife photography tour guides, Andy and Sarah Skinner, outline some of their top tips for capturing animal behaviour, that will be sure to assist you on your next photography tour or workshop.
Taking you across the globe this month, we head to Palau with award-winning underwater photographer, Richard Barnden, who has been studying a variety of spawning aggregations around the reefs of this enticing destination.
The month of July sees the celebration of several species with their own Global Awareness Days. These are an opportunity to promote conservation through awareness and action. Wild Planet has chosen to highlight #InternationalTigerDay, created in 2010 and held annually on 29th July. In doing so, we share your images to appreciate and celebrate these stunning big cats. Although their numbers are slowly rising, their population is still incredibly low and they are an animal in much need of action all over the world.
We hope you enjoy the issue and don’t forget to keep your photo submissions coming in. You can see all of our reader features listed here on our submissions page.
Every month we interview inspiring photographers and shine the light on their work, influences and future ambitions. This month, we introduce macro photographer Aaron Molenkamp, from Australia, aka Nightfall Photography
Award-winning wildlife photographer Florian Ledoux has made it his mission to depict new perspectives of the world’s polar regions. Lorna Dockerill speaks to him about tearful polar bear moments, freezing temperatures and ethical drone photography
Award-winning underwater photographer, Richard Barnden, shares his personal knowledge of diving around the reefs of Palau; an archipelago of over five hundred islands, and particularly the variety of spawning aggregations he has been studying
Emanuele Biggi, a television presenter from Italy, is the overall winner of the inaugural Close-up Photographer of the Year competition with his stunning image of a Peringuey’s adder in the Namib Desert.