Purpose: This is a non-commercial web site which I have started to share my nature photography, to offer free images for nature conservation and to raise funds for conservation work.
Definition: I define myself as an enthusiast amateur photographer. My time for doing photography is scarce, but I enormously enjoy taking photos, especially when I am traveling.
Vocation: Graduate biologist, I have been involved in nature conservation since the late 1980s and since the mid-1990s I have been working professionally in this field.
Whereabouts: Native Bulgarian currently based in Germany. Visited more than 65 countries on five continents. Still a lot to see, but I would enjoy going back to some of my previous destinations.
Gear: Canon user with Leofoto legs and FLM and Benro heads. When on the road I entrust my equipment to Lowepro and ThinkTank. My images are post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.
Use of images: All materials on this web site are copyrighted. If you are interested in using some of my images please contact me. For commercial use a charge may apply; all raised funds will be donated to nature conservation charities.
Chat: Feel free to approach me in English, Russian or Bulgarian.
Donations: Funds raised through my photography so far have been donated to the following conservation initiatives:
AEWA Small Grants Fund;
African Bird Club Conservation Fund;
BirdLife South Africa's White-winged Flufftail Project;
The Waterbird Fund.
Published work: Photos of mine have been used in a variety of printed and digital products of a number of nature conservation organisations and initiatives, such as:
African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA);
Convention on Migratory Species (CMS);
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar);
African-Eurasian Migratory Birds of Prey Memorandum of Understanding (Raptors MoU);
Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention);
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):
East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP);
UNEP-GEF African-Eurasian Flyways Project - Wings over Wetlands (WoW);
Mediterranean Waterbird Monitoring Project (Medwaterbirds);
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD);
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT);
African Bird Club (ABC);
International Crane Foundation (ICF);
Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB-BirdLife Bulgaria);
Association for the Conservation on Biodiversity in Kazakhstan (ACBK);
Bulgarian-Swiss Biodiversity Conservation Programme (BSBCP);
BirdLife South Africa.
Books and magazines featuring my photos:
> Waterbirds around the world by Gerard Boere, Colin Galbraith & David Stroud. Published by The Stationery Office, 2006. Hardback.
> Rare birds yearbook 2008 by Erik Hirschfeld. Published by MagDig Media, 2007. Paperback.
> Natura 2000: protecting Europe's biodiversity by Kerstin Sundseth & Peter Creed. Published by the European Commission, 2008. Hardback.
> Survival: saving endangered migratory species by Stanley Johnson & Robert Vagg. Published by Stacey International, June 2010. Hardback.
> Stories from the flyway by Sergey Dereliev & Nina Mikander. Published by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, 2015. Hardback.
> European waders by Lars Gejl. Published by Bloomsbury, 2018. Hardback.
> Birdwatch - the UK birding magazine
> Der Falke - the German birding magazine
> Australian Birdlife - BirdLife Australia's magazine
> Nature Climate Change - monthly scientific journal
International League of Conservation Photographers
Wild Wonders of Europe - an outstanding nature photography project
Art Wolfe - more than photography
Birds in Bulgaria - an online photoguide
Neophron Tours - nature photography, wildlife and natural history tours in Bulgaria
Arno Ellmer Nature Photography
Svetoslav Spasov Wildlife Photography
Alcedo Wildlife - wildlife photography by Boris Belchev