Elk in BBC
In second year in row, one of Tom Schandys pictures got a price in the prestigeous photo
competition BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. I 2009 Tom Schandy won Gerald Durell
Award witgh a portrait of a jaguar from Pantanal in Brazil. This year he got an
”highly commended” with a black and white image of an elk, photographed in Lier,
Buskerud in Norway, only 50 km from his house. The picture was honoured in the category
”Nature in black and white”.
This is the caption on BBC`s webpage:
Tom was surrounded by about 20 European elk when he took this photograph. His hide
was his car, and the elk had arrived to eat the vegetables that farmers put out for them
every winter in the same spot, at Sylling near Oslo, Norway. With so many so close, he could
play with form and different perspectives.' What particularly fascinated Tom about this female
was her fur texture. He used the snow-covered field as a backdrop, deliberately mimicking
the effect of a studio portrait.
Mark Carwardine, chairman of the jury: This picture works brilliantly in black and white.
The crop is inspired and just look at how the multifarious shades of black bring out the
texture in that gorgeous fur.
South Georgia Calendar
I have produced and delivered most of the pictures to the South Georgia Calendar 2010,
on behalf of the Friends of the South Georgia (Øyas Venner) which is a society for preserving
the Norwegian industrial cultural heritage on the island. South Georgia was the centre for the Norwegian whaling industry in the Atlantic for more than sixty years after its start in 1904.
Previous calendars have mainly shown pictures from the old whaling stations, but his year
the topic is the island`s fantastic wildlife. The pictures are taken during three visits to
Read more about the society here: http://oyasvenner.dmkpl.com/
Presentation in A-magasinet
Because of my victory in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year, A-magasinet, the weekend
magazine of Aftenposten, the most important newspaper in Norway, made a 11 page article
about wildlife photography. I was interview about the jaguar photo which also was showed
over a spread. Then A-Magasinet focused on the dilemma that wildlife photographers often
want to get so close that they are disturbing the subjects. I was interviewed about the ethics
of wildlife photography, and the same was known photographers as Arne Nævra, Asgeir
Helgestad and Sverre M. Fjelstad. Thed magazine also interviewed the senior photoeditor of
National Geographic, Kathy Moran, about the issue. The magazine used ten of my pictures to
illustrate the article, in addition to the cover of a snow monkey photographed in Japan in
Wednesday November 4th I was guest in TV2s Good Morning Norway. Between 08 and 08.30
hrs I was in studio and was interviewed by Nils Gunnar Lie and Signe Tynning. It was primarily
about my jaguar picture and the victory in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year, but I got the opportunity also to talk about nature photography in general. Several of my pictures was
showed at the screen when I told the story behind.
Schandy wins first price in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year
Tom Schandy (left) gets the first prize from the chairman of the jury, Mr. Mark Carwardine,
during the award ceremony at Natural History Museum in London. Photo: Benjamin Schandy.
The winners of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
2009 were unveiled a award ceremony held at London’s Natural History Museum 22.10.09.
Tom Schandy from Vestfossen was among the winners of the 46th annual competition,
which attracted a record 43,135 entries from 94 countries and is widely considered the
most prestigious of its type.
Tom won the Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife with his image, the look of a jaguar.
The purpose of this award is to highlight, through photographic excellence, the plight of wildlife
under threat by featuring species that are officially listed as critically endangered, vulnerable or
Tom’s striking image was taken in a small, protected area of swamp-forest in the western area
of the Pantanal wetland, in Mato Grosso, Brazil, where jaguars still roam free from human
harassment. They are notoriously difficult to see and pawprints are as close as most people get.
It is, however, sometimes possible to spot them along the riverbanks. When Tom took a boat
down the Rio Paraguay, he saw four jaguars in three days. The male (pictured) had picked a
slightly concealed spot where he could watch for prey such as capybara. Tom observed him for
See all the pictures here:
The winner-picture of the jaguar. Photo: Tom Schandy
Presentation in England
I have been presented in the british magazine Bird Watching –
in the column "Photographer showcase. The world best bird photographers share their pictures
This is a large magazine with 120 pages. England has many birdwatchers, and the largest society – RSPB – Royal Society for Protection of Bird – has more than one million members!!
Highlights in Germany
Tom Schandy got two "highlights" in the german naturephotography competition
"Glanzlichter 2009". The picture of a grey seal in silhouette with a red breath,
photographed at the eastern coast of England in december last year, got a "highlight"
in the category "Imagination Red". In addition he also got a "highlight" for one of his
jaguar pictures, photographed in Brazil in september last year.
Glanzlichter is a big european competition. This year, 1030 photographers from 36 countries submitted in total 14 762 pictures. Of this amount, 87 pictures became winners and highlights.
See all the pictures here
The winning images will be printed in a book and presented on a nature photo festival in
Germany in the end of May.
Silhouette of grey seal, photographed in England in december, got a "highlight" in the german
naturephoto competition "Glanzlichter 2009". Photo: Tom Schandy.
Victory with bird pictures
Tom Schandy did it well during the international photocompetition ”International Wildbird Photographer Awards”, arranged by the british Bird Watching Magazine in cooperation with Warehouse Express. His picture of a jumping black grouse won the category ”Bird behaviour”. The picture was taken in Akershus outside Oslo last spring. He also got a ”Runner-up” in the ”Portfolio”-category, with a serie of three pictures of lekking capercaillies, also taken last spring close to his home in Øvre Eiker, Buskerud. The competition got entries from professional nature photographers representing 20-25 countries.
Just before Christmas Tom Schandy was the featured photographer on the web-site to www.wild-wonders.com.
Wild Wonders of Europe is about sharing the amazing natural wonders of our continent with 700 million Europeans, and Tom Schandy is one of 60 european photographers who are chosen to this mega-project. His mission is to photograph the wild mountains of Caucasus, Russia – a mission which was completed last July. Alltogether, the photographers will be on 100 assignments in 45 european countries. The outcome will be books, articles in National Geographic, outdoor exhibitions and lot more. You can read the interview here
Photo exhibition in Brüssel
Osloregion European office and Stanhope hotel in Brussels in Belgium launched the photo exhibition Scenic eScapes - A journey through the diversity of Eastern Norway on Thursday 13th November. All of the exhibitions more than 30 pictures are taken by Tom Schandy. The photos present the diversity of landscapes in the Osloregion and share the message of the European Landscape Convention (Council of Europe). The exhibition will be at Stanhope for the next month. The hotel is owned by the Norwegian Olav Thon.
The leader of Osloregion European Office, Ms. Vera Selnes, welcomed and told about the background before the Norwegian ambassador to Belgium, Mr. Jostein Berhardsen, officially opened the exhibition. Afterwards Tom Schandy told about his work as a nature photographer.
Tom Schandy (left) and the
Norwegian ambassador in Belgia, Mr. Jostein Bernhardsen, in front
of a musk ox from Dovrefjell mountain. Photo: Birgitte Hellstrøm.