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Mentor | Wolfgang Kaehler
WEBSITE | www.wkaehlerphoto.com
Wolfgang Kaehlerstudied photography and photo engineering in his native Germany for six years before launching off into a career of travel and wildlife photography. He started aboard an expedition cruise ship as ship’s photographer back in 1977. Since then, Wolfgang has been at the forefront of the travel industry, shooting for innovative tour operators, often in some of the world’s more remote regions. He has photographed in Antarctica on diverse trips and his Antarctic collection is significantly one of the largest of any professional photographer's in the world. He photographed on the earliest trips to Antarctica and the Amazon, back when Lindblad Travel and Society Expeditions were the only ships going there. Papua New Guinea, Easter Island, China, Vietnam, Burma, Russia, the Galapagos--all these areas were rarely accessible before the advent of educationally-oriented adventure travel and eco-tourism, much of which Wolfgang helped to develop.
In 1985 he was awarded First Prize in the Composition & Form category of the "WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR" competition, sponsored by BBC WILDLIFE and the MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY in London. His winning photo, "Penguins on Ice" was one of 8500 worldwide entries. In 1988 he was selected by National Geographic as one of 100 photographers for a worldwide exhibit and book "ODYSSEY-THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY AT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC". In 1989 THE CHICAGO HEADLINE CLUB awarded him the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in the category of Photojournalism.
Presently Wolfgang Kaehler photographs throughout the world on assignment for various publications, advertising agencies, and travel companies. His photos appear in some of the world's most prestigious publications such as NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER, TRAVEL HOLIDAY, TRAVEL & LEISURE, CONDE NAST TRAVELER, OUTSIDE , ISLANDS, SMITHSONIAN, NATURAL HISTORY, TIME-LIFE, WORLD WILDLIFE FUND, SIERRA, GREENPEACE, UNICEF, INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE, RANGER RICK AND AUDUBON, to name a few. We also work extensively with textbook and educational publishers on a diversity of topics.
In September of 1989 his book "PENGUINS" was published by Chronicle Books in San Francisco. Wolfgang has lectured for photography organizations, as well as museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Currently he also leads photo safaris around the world.
The photographic collection of WOLFGANG KAEHLER is available for those interested in purchasing or publishing copies of his material. An extensive range of international photographs from over 140 countries is available.