In a recent National Geographic PROOF, Stefano said: "Wildlife is not just a species, but a group of individuals with their own personalities and their own specific behavior in the group. Some are more shy, more strong, more sad, more happy. If you start understanding this, then you should completely reconsider the relationship we have with other species overall. And not only with wildlife but also with the billions of individuals we use as livestock. When we start thinking about other individuals rather than other species, it becomes more difficult not to pay attention.”
Read more here about Stefano's fondest memories photographing wildlife and the intimate images that came from those experiences.
From my Instagram feed @stefanounterthiner. A red fox sleeping in the snow using the tail as a pillow. This is a shot from my upcoming story on the Gran Paradiso National Park (#Italy) in the National Geographic Magazine. #GranParadiso #fox #snow @natgeo
© 2014 Stefano Unterthiner/National Geographic
Heading to the remote Indonesian island of Rinca to photograph a modern-day dinosaur was all Stefano Unterthiner’s idea. A zoologist as well as a photographer, he says: “I have always been fascinated by working with the Komodo dragon. [The Komodo] is full of mystery.” That, coupled with the fact that the giant lizard is a threatened species, its habitat limited to a few islands in the Indonesian archipelago, “I thought it would be a perfect story for National Geographic.”
Click here the full interview to Stefano by Alexa Keefe
© 2012 Stefano Unterthiner/National Geographic
Spotlight on - Stefano Unterthiner, Wildlife & Conservation Photographer, answers YOUR questions!
By Liana Vitali, ARKive Education & Outreach Manager, Wildscreen USA
A typical work day for many of us includes 8 hours toiling away in front of a computer screen seated in a cushioned chair shuffling through emails, reports and meeting notes. However, a typical work day for wildlife and conservation photographer Stefano Unterthiner couldn’t be more different.
Capturing images of spectacular wildlife across the globe in all weather conditions imaginable is a typical day-in-the-life for Stefano and most recently, Stefano was lugging his camera equipment across various Indonesian islands in 90⁰F steamy heat following the footsteps of the closest thing we have on Earth to real dragons... the Komodo dragon. Photographing this strong, lethal but vulnerable species was the challenge for Stefano while on assignment for National Geographic capturing amazing photographs for Once Upon a Dragon, an article in this month’s issue of the magazine focusing on the history and future of these prehistoric-looking reptiles.
In a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-lens glimpse of life as a wildlife & conservation photographer, we worked with National Geographic to interview Stefano about his experience in the field for the article. Before the interview, we invited you, our amazing followers, to ask your questions about wildlife & conservation photography, the behind-the-scenes stories about Stefano’s work for the article, and his thoughts on the power of wildlife photography in raising awareness of threatened species. We think you’re going to love his answers!
Read the full interview at the ARKive blog!
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