Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Next Generation
As OP turns 25, we’re looking more to the future than the past. The photographers on the following pages are some of the names we expect to see more of alongside the photographers who have made the magazine so inspirational over the last quarter century.
Reaching 25 years of publication is certainly a milestone that we’re proud of at OP, but the magazine has always been about looking forward, not dwelling on the past. We’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with giants in the field—people like David Muench, Galen Rowell, Frans Lanting, William Neill, George Lepp, Art Wolfe, Philip Hyde and too many others to name.
These are just some of the photographers we look forward to profiling in the magazine as we move past our 25th anniversary. Between remarkable new photography equipment and the unlimited potential of new media to display and share images, the future for nature photography and for OP looks particularly bright.
In nature photography today, one needs to carve out a niche and be the best at it. Jason Bradley, although still relatively new to the professional ranks, works primarily in coastal areas with an emphasis on conservation and showing the changing nature of these fragile ecosystems. The two images we’ve shown in this article were made in California near Bradley’s Monterey home. You can see more of his photos at www.bradleyphotographic.com.
In 2009 Fergus Gill was named Young Wildlife Photographer Of The Year for the third time. He’s been honored in Nature’s Best and he’s a Fritz Pölking Junior Award winner. His wildlife photography shows the patience of a much more mature photographer. You can see more of his photos at www.scottishnaturephotography.com.
Highly regarded National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler is by no means new to nature photography. As a naturalist and extraordinarily talented artist, Ziegler is equipped to continue doing great things in nature photography. His specialty is tropical ecosystems. You can see more of his photos at www.naturphoto.de.
A true adventurer and photographer, Jimmy Chin has been to the far reaches of the globe photographing the cultures and landscapes for National Geographic and other magazines. He was part of the National Geographic Emerging Explorers Grant Program and the first winner of the Galen Rowell Memorial Photography Award. You can see more of his photos at www.jimmychin.com.
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