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  • In Depth “Monkey Selfie” Details!

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Greetings One and All!

    Many of you have no doubt seen the “Monkey Selfie” that’s been going around the internet.

    What you may not know is that it’s from one of our photographers, David Slater!  There’s been a lot of attention given to this image, mostly because Wikimedia is claiming that there is no copyright and it can be used without any licensing because it was the monkey that took the photo.  Please read on and let us know what you think!

    We represent many dedicated nature and wildlife photographers who traverse the globe in pursuit of extraordinary images that document our world and the species within it.  David is one of them.  They schlep their gear all over the planet, sleep in unnatural settings, always looking for that special light just at the right time, often positioned in remote locations, sitting and waiting for the animals to appear, in order to document their behavior in whatever season it is.  It’s not a comfortable life and nobody’s getting rich, that’s for sure!  Still they do this because they have a passion that cannot be quenched until they’ve taken the risks and gotten the shots.

    David Slater is a serious wildlife photographer and he spent considerable time in the field with a local guide tracking the location of this troop of Crested Black Macaque monkeys in the rainforests of Sulawesi, Indonesia.  He has shared his story of how this photo came to be and we thought you might enjoy reading about it.  Click Here to Read Story

    I’m bringing this to your attention for several reasons.  Copyright these days is a very serious issue and using someone’s photo without licensing it properly is a detriment to our entire industry.  As industry professionals, we need to support a photographer’s copyright of an image and the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) is doing just that, in their response to Wikimedia, who is claiming that the image is available to all in the Public Domain. Click Here to Read iLPC Response.

    Lastly, David has partnered with a print/canvas company, Picanova, that is giving away canvas framed prints of the Monkey Selfie.  They are donating to the Macaque preservation fund in this Indonesian location for every print they offer.  If you want your own print, here’s your chance: Click Here for Press Release with link to free print

    That’s it from Seattle.  We hope you’ve found this story of interest and would love to hear your take on it!


    Danita and Team

  • ASPP West Coast Presents: “Connect, Communicate, Collaborate”

    Friday, April 6, 2012
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  • Walter Bibikow Image to be Featured in Upcoming MTV Video Music Awards

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    I just wanted to share with everyone that one of our images will be on the MTV Music Awards show on Sunday, August 28th. is sponsoring the awards this year and this guitar shot by Walter Bibikow will be featured on a static “billboard” as a backdrop somewhere during the broadcast.  Award winner’s names will be listed “search bar.” It was originally used as a homepage shot (Microsoft).

    Very colorful and apropos! Congrats Walter!

    Walter Bibikows shot as seen on the homepage

    Walter Bibikow's shot as seen on the homepage

    See more of our images that were featured on in our Bing Gallery.

    Posted by Danita in Danita's Updates, Photographer News || 1 comment ||
  • In Praise of Our NANPA Wildlife Photographers

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011
    © Savanah Stewart

    © Savanah Stewart

    As a charter member of NANPA and long time Foundation Executive board member, I’m sorry to say I’ll be missing the 2011 Summit in McAllen, Texas next month, due to an upcoming trip to South Africa. The extraordinary nature and wildlife photographers that I have met during the course of my time at NANPA have made all the difference to my professional career.  Many come out of the bush, literally, in order to network with colleagues and find out what’s going on within the industry.  I have enjoyed working with many award winning photographers such as Frans Lanting, Art Wolfe, Christian Ziegler and others.  They have been documenting different species  and habitats for years, returning again and again to catch the right behavior, weather or lighting conditions at a certain time and place.  Nature and wildlife photography is always a surprise and one never knows what one will return with.  My years of editing these images have taught me the value of time, patience and the skill that these extraordinary photographers have.  They wait for the animals to appear, displaying whatever their special behavior is, and once in awhile, they catch it just right, with the light working its magic all around.  It’s these special moments that I have witnessed after the fact, but by editing so many images, I often see the complete situation, from beginning to end and I see how hard it is to get the shot!

    I am fortunate to know these experienced photographers, as well as the younger, up and coming photographers whose portfolios I review at NANPA.  They attend the conference,  eager for information and knowledge that many of these seasoned pros share during the course of the NANPA programs and field workshops.  Much of the photography that I represent exemplifies these glimpses of nature in all its glory and it’s a pleasure to have them available to clients on a worldwide scale.  Lastly, Outdoor Photographer magazine recently published its list of the 40 most influential nature photographers.  Congratulations to the 14 NANPA members who made that list. It’s a pleasure to know them all!

    Here’s a small sample of some of the outstanding NANPA photographers we represent:

    Frans Lanting

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    Left: AF21 FLA0062 © Frans Lanting /

    Lobelia flower, Lobelia deckenii, Mt Kenya National Park, Kenya

    Right: AF24 FLA0028 © Frans Lanting /

    Red-fronted brown lemur drinking, Eulemur rufus, Madagascar

    Stuart Westmorland

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    Left: SA12 SWE0047 © Stuart Westmorland /

    Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Caribbean Sea near Roatan, Honduras

    Right: US12 SWE0033 © Stuart Westmorland /

    USA, Hawaii, Big Island, near Kona, Day Octopus (Octopus cyanea)

    Art Wolfe

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    Left: AF31 AWO0002 © Art Wolfe /

    Africa, Namibia, Namib National Park. Web-footed Gecko (Palmatogecko rangei)

    Right: SA22 AWO0002 © Art Wolfe /

    Central America, Costa Rica, Back-lit frog on leaf

    Kristen Mosher

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    Left: AF45 KRM0145 © Kristin Mosher /

    Africa, Tanzania, Gombe NP, Young chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Tanga curious about Gaia’s log

    Right: AF45 KRM0000 © Kristin Mosher /

    Africa, Tanzania, Gombe NP, Chimpanzees at play (Pan troglodytes)

    Christian Zeigler

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    Left: SA15 CZI0001 © Christian Ziegler /

    Central America, Panama, Borro Colorado Island. Enormous colonies of millions of leaf cutter ants (Atta columbica) cultivate and protect a fungus, which they eat.

    Right: SA15 CZI0180 © Christian Ziegler /

    Central America, Panama, Barro Colorado Island. Defense pose of praying mantis, family Mantidae.

    Kevin Schafer

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    Left: EU36 KSC0009 © Kevin Schafer /

    Shetland Pony, mainland Shetland Islands, stongest horse for size, Scotland, UK.

    Right: US45 KSC0004 © Kevin Schafer /

    Racoon, (Procyon lotor), fishing, Uinta National Forest, Utah, USA.

    Michele Westmorland

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    Left: OC01 MWE0003 © Michele Westmorland /

    South Pacific, Fiji, Viti Levu, Bligh Water, Coral Reef, Multicolor Soft Corals (Dendronepthya sp.) and schooling Fairy Basslets (Pseudanthias squaminipinnis)

    Right: OC13 MWT0240 © Michele Benoy Westmorland /

    Lagoon safari trip featuring Stingrays (Himantura fai), small Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) and variety of fish including Pacific Double-saddle Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis)

    Posted by Danita in Photographer News, Stock Photo News || 1 comment ||
  • Great Pacific Floating Garbage Patch at Midway Atoll

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    I attended a Conservation International fund raising dinner last week here in Seattle and was so moved by the presentation by David de Rothschild, an “Eco Adventurer.”  His presentation addressed the floating garbage in the Pacific that often pools around Midway atoll on the northwestern edge of the Hawaiian islands.  Many of us have heard about the floating garbage that accumulates there due to the tides and currents of the changing seas, but few of us have seen the impact it’s taken on the Albatross colonies that nest there.  He showed us a couple of photos showing one albatross chick that had over 300 pieces of plastic garbage in its stomach when dissected. Everything from plastic bottle caps to cigarette lighters, plastic bags and just about everything in-between.  The feeding parents spot something floating on the water’s surface, dive down and scoop it up, later to regurgitate it to their chicks.  This includes many of the plastic garbage bags that we get at the checkout counters everyday.

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    © Frans Lanting /

    Anyway, I was editing some Frans Lanting images the other day and ran across this sad photo of a Laysan albatross pair at its nest–supposedly incubating their “egg” which is really a fishing net float!  Thanks to Frans Lanting’s extraordinary work in conservation photography and to David de Rothschild for making me even more aware of this sad state that our planet is in.  Let’s all try to make a difference in whatever way we can.  I encourage you to start with bringing your own bags, or ask for the the “paper bag” option!

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  • Another Image on the BING Homepage!

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    BING 3-21-10 web

    Last Sunday, March 21st, we discovered that another image of ours was selected to appear on the Bing homepage. This particular image is of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Michigan and was taken by Claudia Adams.

    We have always felt that we have some of the best images and represent some of the best photographers in the world and the fact that Bing keeps coming back to for imagery is a testament to that.

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  • 2010 Photo Contests – Double Dose of News

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    The National Wildlife Federation recently revealed the winners of their 2009 photo competition. Some of the victorious wildlife and nature images in a number of categories are posted up on their website.

    Grand Prize Winning Shot © Robert M. Palmer

    They also just recently began accepting submissions for the 2010 edition, which promises to be even bigger than last year. Taken from their website:

    More than $30,000 in cash prizes!
    Our 40th annual photo competition is our biggest ever!

    We are now accepting entries to the 2010 National Wildlife Photo Contest. Cash prizes of more than $30,000 plus other gifts will be awarded to the winners in seven categories in three separate divisions. Go to the entry page for more details and the complete rules.

    - Two $5,000 Grand Prizes

    - Pro, Amateur and Youth divisions

    - For your $20 entry fee, you can submit up to 25 images in 7 categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Wildlife, Landscapes/Plants, Connecting People and Nature, Backyard Habitat and Global Warming

    - Winning images will be published on our website and a selection will appear in our December 2010 issue

    All of you talented nature and wildlife photographers out there should definitely submit! Take a look at the the guidelines and deadlines over at the 2010 Photo Contest Page and happy shooting!


    BBC Wildlife Photog of the Year

    In other Photo Contest news, we are please to announce that one of our own photographers, Daisy Gilardini, has been selected to the jury of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.

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  • Robin Hill Recognized for Excellence in Architecture Photography

    Thursday, February 11, 2010
    Robin Hill

    Robin Hill

    Last year brought many awards and blue ribbons for some of our talented photographers and it looks like 2010 will be no different. Robin Hill is the first this year to report some much deserved recognition for his work with architecture. We’ll let Robin himself give you the full details:

    Robin Hill wins Stars of Design Photography award
    9My new year started off with an unexpected and delightful bang in the form of the 2010 DCOTA Stars of Design Photography award. DCOTA is the preeminent design center serving Design professionals from Florida, across the USA and around the world. This award whilst quite unexpected means a lot to me as it is recognition from peers whom I admire for their dedication to the pursuit of form and function, and who recognize that style never has to be sacrificed for substance.

    MiMo at MOCA.
    8Curator Edwin Stirman invited Teri D’Amico (Co-founder of the MiMo Preservation movement) and me to give a slide lecture on MiMo (MIami MOdern) Architecture at the ever evolving Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. Attended by 60 or so design enthusiasts, the lecture was given in a casual, extemporaneous dialog format, where Teri and I traded stories about buildings saved and lost, the magic of Morris Lapidus and how preservation can have a positive impact on the urban environment. You can read more on that by clicking here:

    Shulman + Associates win AIA award with photos by Robin Hill
    AIA Miami’s prestigious excellence in Architecture award for 2009 was won by Shulman + Associates for their design of the Rubell Family Art Collection Building in Wynwood, Miami. I recently had the opportunity to photograph Shulman + Associates stunning Rivo Alto House in Miami Beach, and you can take a look by clicking here:
    Also be sure to head over to Robin’s website for other news, photos and updates:

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  • Daisy Gilardini Awarded 2nd Prize at 2009 Travel Photog of the Year Awards

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009
    © Daisy Gilardini

    © Daisy Gilardini

    Daisy Gilardini has another ribbon to put in hertrophy case as she was awarded 2nd place in the “Natural Wonders” category at the 2009 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards.

    Photographers from almost 70 different countries submitted thousands upon thousands of images. Congratulations for being chosen as one of the best! We are proud of all our award winning photographers and love to see them recognized for the great work they do!

    See all the other winning entries:

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  • New Content – Walter Bibikow – Mauritius, Seychelles, France

    Monday, December 14, 2009

    We just recently uploaded over 1,200 new shots from Walter Bibikow. Some excellent pictures from Mauritius, The Seychelles and France.

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