A squirrel enjoying its food on a tree
Staffan Widstrand

Staffan Widstrand | Sweden

“I simply love the wild wonders of the natural world and am very attracted by the strikingly beautiful expressions of many different human cultures."

Staffan Widstrand is multiple award-winning nature photographer based in Sweden. A National Geographic Explorer and author of 18 books in 9 languages, Staffan's work is about highlighting the attractiveness of natural heritage, and inspiring wide audiences to better protect and take care of it. He has initiated several long-term nature conservation communication and media projects (Wild Wonders of Europe, Wild Wonders of China, Rewilding Europe, the Swedish Ecotourism Association and Scandinavian Big Five.) Staffan is a partner in the nature photo travel agency “Wild Nature Photo Adventures” and has been appointed "Nature Photographer of the Year" in Sweden. He is also a frequent judge in leading international photo competitions, including “World Press Photo” (NL) , “Wildlife Photographer of the Year”(UK), "GDT European Nature Photographer of the Year" (DE) and "Golden Turtle" (Russia).Published in several of the world’s major newspapers and magazines, such as National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Stern, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, La Repubblica, El Mundo, El País, Le Point, Terre Sauvage, Animan, Veja, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, FOCUS, Natur, A-magazinet, Berlingske Tidende, Dagens Nyheter, Metro, Yomiuri Shimbun, SINRA, Science Illustrated, The Bund Pictorial, Yangxian News and Yangtze Daily. Staffan has been called one of the world's “Most influential nature photographers” by Outdoor Photography magazine. He is the Managing Director and co-owner of Wild Wonders International. Staffan has had international solo or group exhibitions in Toronto, Tokyo, Tromsø, Bodø ,the Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn, Oslo City Hall, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Washington, in Mérida, Mexico, Mexico City, in Salamanca, Spain, the National Zoological Museum in Beijing, Chengdu, Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, the museum of Torino, Italy as well as major outdoor exhibitions in The Hague, Prague, Berlin, Madrid, Copenhagen and Stockholm. In Sweden, he has had exhibitions at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, the regional museums in Kristianstad, Luleå and Malmö, at Fotomässan in Gothenburg and in Stockholm, as well as at the Skansen, Kolmården and Borås Zoos, at Hornborgasjöns Konsthall and at Bränneriet Art in Österlen.

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