After twenty years in the business world, Markus turned his life-long hobby of bird watching and photography into full-time professional wildlife photography in 2005. He has been awarded in numerous nature photo competitions. The highlight so far is second place in 2014 in the Nature category in the world’s most prestigious photo contest, World Press Photo Contest. Another milestone was the GDT European Wildlife Photographer Award in Birds Category in 2011.
Markus has published several books; among them the that came out in the USA and Germany in 2013, written together with colleagues and friends Jari Peltomäki and Bence Máté. His first international bestseller, Birds: Magic Moments, was published in the UK in 2011 with 6 language editions and a printrun of 43,000 copies.
Markus is a co-founder of the website birdphoto.fi; a unique platform combining the work of four competing nature photographers, offering editors and picture researchers, and anyone who is interested, a library of bird photos. The site has about 800,000 main page hits each year.
Relentlessly pursueing the best composition, the ideal light, the graceful marriage of subject and setting; always hunting good colours, contrast, angle, sharpness; these are the essential building blocks for a good image. Out in the wild, with wild subjects, it is an endless challenge.
Markus is a Canon Explorer in the Ambassador Progamme.
Images used with permission of Markus Varesvuo