Update of recent videos

In the above video, the jury of SNAP: A National Juried Exhibition of Photography discuss selecting the images for the show at the Beford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California. The kind words spoken of Daniel’s SPILL work are much appreciated, as always.

Two pictures from Daniel’s SPILL portfolio were included for display with the rest of the SNAP exhibit at the Bedford Gallery until February 19th.

In addition, we also found a video previewing Daniel’s presentation for the opening of the exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific – recently extended until February 16th – online. It isn’t embeddable, so you’ll have to click thru to watch it on their site.

2011 Wildlife Photographer of the Year!

After last night’s awards ceremony, we’re extremely pleased and grateful to announce that Daniel has won the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for his above photo of pelicans covered in oil from the BP Gulf spill in 2010. The contest is sponsored by Veolia Environment, the British Natural History Museum, and the BBC Wildlife magazine.

As if this news wasn’t fantastic enough, we also get to share the news that Daniel was also the Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year, which is a great honor just by itself.

A giant thank you for all of the recognition from this award for Daniel’s work.

New Yorker double page spread

We’re very happy to report that a photo Daniel shot for Greenpeace of a boat surrounded by oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico by BP’s Deepwater Horizon’s wellhead opens a piece by Raffi Khatchadourian’s in the March 14, 2011 edition of “The New Yorker.” The issue is available on newsstands in the next day or two and now online to subscribers.


Photo contests recognition

poyi and days japan logo

Portfolios of Daniel’s work for Greenpeace on last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been recognized by both the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) and Days Japan magazine contests. The POYi judges gave an “Award of Excellence” to a set of twelve aerial photos of the spill in the general news picture story (GNPS) category. Days Japan magazine, which has a general category for all photojournalism produced over the previous two years, granted a “Special Prize by Juries” for an entry of the same oil spill photos. Daniel’s POYi portfolio was the only one focused on the oil spill to be given any recognition out of all the GNPS entrants. Likewise, the Days Japan award to Daniel was the only one for work on the spill.

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ILCP Witness web video

Witness: Defining Conservation Photography Feature from iLCP on Vimeo.

Daniel makes an appearance in a pretty cool internet video produced by Neil Osborne for the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) that they recently put on their website. The title of the video, “Witness: Defining Conservation Photography,” leaves a pretty clear impression of what the seventeen-minute video covers and nicely combines the interviews and images of more than a dozen other ILCP fellows and associates including Joel Sartore and Michael Nichols. Also, Jane Goodall introduces and closes the video with some thoughts about conservation. “Witness: …” explains what constitutes conservation photography and lets the photographers describe the motivations and inspirations behind their work. While there are photos by Daniel are sprinkled throughout the video, watching a compilation of some of the best shots by the best conservation photographers in the world makes for a pretty unique viewing experience.

direct link to the video: http://www.ilcp.com/videos/witness-defining-conservation-photography


Daniel named in UK’s “Outdoor Photography” mag’s top-40 most influential

We’re very pleased to announce Daniel has been named by “Outdoor Photography” magazine as one of the top-4o most influential nature photographers in their 2010 Christmas issue. It’s an honor to be mentioned with some very big names in the photography world, such as those of friends like Jack Dykinga, Nick Nichols and Art Wolfe.

Being included on this list by “Outdoor Photography” is a very generous acknowledgment of Daniel’s work for the environment in conservation photography and much appreciated. Thank you, OP.

Unfortunately, they don’t have an online article to be linked to, but you can get it on newsstands in Great Britain for at least the next few weeks, I think.

– JN

Orion magazine cover

Daniel’s photo of oiled pelicans at the Bird Rescue Center in Louisiana, is featured on cover of the November/December edition of Orion magazine. It highlights some continued coverage of the spill, including a vivid and gripping essay of life around the spill by Terry Tempest Williams and a some great photos of the spill by J Henry Fair. Look it up online here.

– JN

FotoWeek DC 2010

Photos of the oil spill by Daniel are part of a digitally projected show of work by fellow fellows of the International League of Conservation Photographers that will move around Washington D.C. as part of the FotoWeek exhibitions starting on Friday, November 5th. From what we hear, it’s a pretty cool event to have one’s work be a part of.

In case you’re in the D.C. area and would like to see the projected exhibit, along with more than a dozen other group exhibits at one venue, here is the itinerary for the show:

Corcoran Gallery:
Friday, November 5, 6-11 p.m.
Sunday & Monday, November 7 & 8, 5-10 p.m.

Dupont Circle:
Saturday, November 6, 6-10 p.m.

House of Sweden
Saturday, November 13, 8-11 p.m.

FotoWeek DC Satellite:
November 6-13, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

The events are free, so if you have time, stop by and have a look.

– JN

Pacific Mag video interview

The Seattle Times made a video of an interview with Daniel to accompany their feature article on him and his work in this week’s Pacific Magazine. Daniel discusses how his style evolved into that of a conservation photographer, and his search for beauty in the tragic destruction of nature. The interview is 1:44 and is interspersed with some of Daniel’s photos. Also, it’s preceded by an ad, FYI.

– JN

Profile (& cover) in Pacific Magazine!

Cover of the Seattle Times Pacific Magazine, 10/24/10, featuring Daniel Beltra in a helicopter

Daniel’s smiling face graces this week’s cover of Pacific Magazine (in The Seattle Times), which features a profile and several of his most well-known photos. The article isn’t yet online – we’ll update this post when a link is available – but the inserted magazine is available at newsstands  throughout the Seattle metropolitan area in both the advance edition and the actual Sunday (October 24th) paper.

update 10/24: Article is now online at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw/2013154000_pacificpbeltra24.html?cmpid=2628

– JN