It’s been quite a while since I last updated – so sorry! The last few weeks have been incredibly busy, with all sorts of exciting things going on. First, I launched my new website, which you should take a look at if you haven’t already: Art in Nature Photography.

Second in exciting news is the announcement of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, where I was fortunate to have three of my images selected: “Life Among Giants” recieved runner-up in ‘Animals in their Environment’, “Frozen Paradise” was highly commended in ‘Wild Places’, and “The Spring Explosion” was highly commended in ‘In Praise of Plants’. You can see the full collection of winning images here: BBC Awards.

This competition is one of the most prestigious in nature photography, and this year they received 143,135 entries from 94 countries. I imagine it’s quite challenging to pick through all those photos! Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited about this. I’m currently in London, having just attended the magnificent awards ceremony next to the dinosaur in the Natural History Museum. The display is fantastic, and if you happen to be in London between now and next April, I highly recommend you see the exhibit. It is their single most popular annual exhibition (for good reason!).

Before leaving on my trip to London I did have a chance to go on a quick trip before the fall season was over, and headed up to Lake Tahoe to see the marvelous wonder of spawning Kokanee Salmon. These landlocked salmon are not native to California, but were introduced to Lake Tahoe in the 1940’s, and have flourished since. Every October 10’s of thousands of these beautiful fish make their way up Taylor Creek to spawn. The river is literally full of fish, it’s quite the spectacle!

“Salmon Spawning” ~ Lake Tahoe, California
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 100-400mm, polarizer, tripod
I don’t currently have access to the technical details

Unfortunately I am too busy to write up stories about the other images from the trip, though there isn’t much to tell. This year the aspens’ fall color all over the western US has been somewhat disappointing, though I had a chance to try a few creative experiments, which you can see on my website: recent photos.

Lastly I will be having a series of 7 images on display at the Brewed Awakening Cafe in Berkeley, CA throughout Nov and Dec. There is no official opening, but if you happen to be in the area during that time, please stop by and check it out! The coffee + pastries are great too! More details on my website: Show at Brewed Awakening.

7 Comments to “Exciting News!”

  1. aswirly says:

    Wow, your new website looks wonderful and congratulations on the commendation from such a prestigious competition! Exciting news indeed!

  2. Congratulations Floris!
    The display looks awesome! I will send a friend of mine over to check out the exhibition as I will probably not make it to London this time of the year.
    “Wild Spring Garden” of yours has always been a favorite of mine – great to see that one too.

    Keep those fantastic news coming. Well, along with pictures and write-ups! 😉

  3. vikasreddyenti says:

    Amazing stuff! I was referred to your blog by your ex-labmate Zhi.
    Hope all is well.

  4. Congratulations for your web restyling and for these highly commended awards in the british contest Photographer of the year 2009. There were some spanish photographers awarded this year 09.



  5. Congrats, Floris! New site looks great, btw.

  6. Pat Ulrich says:

    Congrats! It must feel really fantastic to be recognized like this. I’m looking forward to stopping by Brewed Awakenings to see your work in person (I’m a grad student at Cal, and walk by there quite frequently). Cheers!

  7. You look so happy ( ; – well earned.

    you have some of the most artistical wildlife images I’ve seen so far.

    Stay on your track