Wild Wonders of Europe Newsletter
|Missions completed so far:||120||Pictures online:||Over 2,000|
|Photographers in the field:||0||Posts to the Wild Blog:||567|
|Missions remaining:||0||Images in our archives:||Over 150,000|
The last of the 68 top nature photographers in the “Wild Wonders of Europe” initiative, returned on Friday, completing the 14 months of intensive field work, including 118 photo assignments to all 48 European countries.
We now hold a world first. The most comprehensive, up-to-date picture collection ever gathered of Europe’s natural jewels, containing an astounding 150,000 images. The very essence of the Wild Wonders of Europe and the foundation for the whole project.
“Braving soaring heat, deep seas and extreme cold, our Dream Team of photographers have created a breathtaking document of our shared natural heritage. Physical proof of an amazing comeback story and showing a side of Europe previously not well known - with really wild landscapes and charismatic species. It is truly a unique achievement“.
Florian Moellers, Wild Wonders of Europe Communications Director.
The very last photographer to return from the field had travelled more than 8000km by car and ferry, finally arriving back home in Northern Germany last week with thousands of images to process. Solvin Zankl’s mission to Turkey to photograph endangered Loggerhead turtles had also uncovered a Nile Softshell Turtle with a 1m long shell, on the Dalyan floodplains. A fitting finale.
The project’s first mission in May 2008 had been with Finnish bird action photography specialist Markus Varesvuo documenting the Birdlife of the Hungarian Puszta - the spectacular rollers, bee-eaters and hoopoes.
…and our many other very important partners for their generous contributions and support! All without which this epic conservation photography project would never have been possible.