Pantanal Jaguars and Wildlife with Rich Kirchner

Looking for the photography trip of a lifetime? Explore deep into the pristine Brazilian Pantanal, home to one of the largest, healthiest jaguar populations on Earth. No other location in the world can offer this many jaguar sightings. 2018 was an exceptional year with 24 sightings! This will be our 11th tour to see the jaguars! We work with the best boats and lodges in the area… Location, location, location! Six nights in prime jaguar country—who else offers this?

Hundreds of species of beautiful and rare birds include anything from small hummingbirds to the large jabiru stork, plus parrots, macaws, and parakeets. Enjoy views of the world’s largest rodent, the capybara, along with reptiles, fish, and mammals, including giant otters, anteaters, Brazilian tapir, and possibly ocelot. This trip can be addictive!

Professional photographer and naturalist Rich Kirchner and his partner, naturalist Marylou Blakeslee will be leading this tour.

2019 NANPA Emerging Photographer Award: Sebastian Kennerknecht

Sebastian Kennerknecht photographing on coast, Skomer Island National Nature Reserve, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom

Sebastian Kennerknecht photographing on coast, Skomer Island National Nature Reserve, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom

Conservation photographer and iLCP Associate Fellow Sebastian Kennerknecht will receive NANPA’s 2019 Emerging Photographer Award at the 2019 Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show, February 21-23 in Las Vegas, NV. This award (formerly the NANPA Vision Award) is “given to an emerging photographer in “recognition of excellence and serves to encourage continuation of vision and inspiration to others in nature photography, conservation, and education.”

Among the criteria for this award are “a commitment to achieving a positive impact upon nature photography, and the conservation and protection of the natural world; plus the education of the general public about conservation and nature issues.” The awards committee noted that Kennerknecht is “emerging as an important wildlife photographer, especially in the area of wild cats, and species that have not been widely documented. His focus on ethical field practices and species conservation is a model that many other photographers should follow.  His frequent and smart use of social media to share his imagery and message are constantly growing in popularity, ensuring that he is truly advocating for the power and need of high quality nature photography.”

Kennerknecht’s work in photographing and documenting wild cats, both well- and little-known species, and his work with scientists, conservationists and social media to educate the public, make him an ideal recipient for this award. We were fortunate to ask Sebastian a few questions in between his travels.

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