Heinrich van den Berg

Professional Wildlife Photographer

In 1998 Heinrich van den Berg left his profession as a civil engineer to become a full-time wildlife photographer. Since then he has travelled the world photographing wildlife and culture with a uniquely artistic eye. Van den Bergs photographs are known for breaking boundaries and depicting the natural world in a fresh and evocative way.

He is an experimental photographer always on the lookout to capture his subjects from a unique perspective. In his bid to tell a story in every picture, he has climbed icy volcanoes in Argentina and Chile, tracked endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda, searched for rare chameleons in Madagascar, wandered through the sacred temples of Cambodia, and walked the steamy forests of Borneo and Sumatra to photograph the elusive orangutan. He has photographed extensively in Southern Africa, where he lives, capturing on film the mysterious leopard in Kruger National Park, the desert elephant in Namibias Kaokoland, and the captivating birdlife of Botswana.

He was the first photographer to win the Eric Hoskings Award of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year for two consecutive years. Heinrich has also won the international Camel Trophy Photographic Competition. Additionally he was the overall winner of the international Fuji Getaway Photographer of the Year award in 2005. 

His photographs have graced numerous books, calendars, magazine portfolios and photographic products worldwide. Van den Berg was the keynote speaker at the GDT - The Society of German Nature Photographers in 2008 and the keynote speaker for Canon South Africas Road Show in 2009.

Apart from his photographic skills, which cover both analog and digital media, he is extremely experienced in the field of publishing, having photographed and published 21 highly acclaimed photographic books. And he is the founder and owner of HPH Publishing.


Fact File

Born 27/03/1971
Photographic Interests Wildlife, Nature, Landscapes, Macr Travel, People, Sport, i.e. anything
Languages Afrikaans, English, German (basic)
Equipment Canon 1ds, 1d and 5d cameras, Canon 15mm - 600mm lenses. My most loved lenses are the 16-35mm f2.8, 24mm f1.4, 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.2, 70-200mm f2.8, 180 f3.5 Macr 300mm f2.8, 600mm f4.
Publications Published 21 Coffee table books, including Art of Nature, Shades of Nature, Greater Kruger - The Big Picture, Southern Africas Beautiful Deserts, Phototips - Principles of Nature Photography, Game Drive and South Africa - The Big Picture
Awards Winner of the Eric Hoskings award of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 1997 and 1998
Winner of the international Camel Trophy Photography Competition
Winner of the Getaway/Fuji Wildlife Photographer of the Year, South Africa
Website http://www.phototips.co.za/

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