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Reflections …..and plans 2017

by Kristel Schneider

The last days of the year. For many of us, this is now a time of reflection.

2016 was a year that showed us the crazy world we live in ; terrorist attacks, wars and big political changes. We lost loved ones and idols.
A year that you would like to forget quickly and move on….but there is more….more and more we see the effects of our  behavior on nature, climate change, animals that are being killed to prevent them from coming too close to our so called ‘civilization’, like the foxes in London or the wolves in the countryside and so many other wild animals by hunters all over the world.

Snow in march

All these sad things  almost make us forget to look at the good things we have achieved and the great moments we should cherish.

Last year I wrote about my first difficult years in the photography industry. I also wrote that “you have to grow into your job”. Even so, it is still a difficult field to work in and I am still learning about its ‘culture, politics’. I have not reached the point where I would like to be, but luckily enough, I can look back again at a successful photography year which opened  new opportunities, travels,  images and  publications.

I am very happy 2016 gave me the opportunity to finish my little tour with my first solo show “Variations in Trees” (in France and in Italy ). I had a 10-page publication in Swedish magazine, Camera Natura ; published my second article on Dutch website Zoom.nl. In French magazine Macro Photography I could get a 14-page publication and 15 of my images have been published in the book ‘Fôrets d’Auvergne‘. It is the second year that I have worked with Nordic Vision photo tours and I have very good memories about the 2nd tour I guided for them, in Auvergne last Autumn. As a result, I will guide the tours  in my region and abroad in 2017.

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2016 was also the year that brought me 2 photo competition recognitions : highly-commended Biophotocontest 2016 and 1st price International Photo competition Natur Namur 2016 and my first video debut for French newspaper La Montagne, in their video series “La Montage Images” featuring local photographers. Last but not least, the Lowland Photo-festival experience, where I was invited to give a photo lecture  in front of a 600 + audience about my Variations in Trees.

© Jef Pauwels

© Jef Pauwels

Now is the time to thank all of those who visited and attended the presentation, the shows, workshops and photo-tour for their nice company, feedback, and comments.

For the coming year, I already have exciting photography ideas, a private photo project, a new photo tour destination, a lecture and new challenges planned and already scheduled. But I will tell you more about it when the time has come. To all new followers on my blog “Visions on Nature”, Facebook or other social media, I would like to thank you all for your support and the encouraging feedback you wrote over 2016.

To all of you, I wish a very happy, creative and healthy New Year, with many moments of beautiful light. Let us meet in 2017, be it in the field, at a festival or just online.

Thanks !



Lowland Photo-festival 2016 excitement


100% unique ! This is the Lowland Photo Festival in a nutshell! The international nature photography festival of the Low Countries, featured this year its 3rd edition and crowned himself in no time as THE meeting place for nature and photography lovers !  Over the weekend of the 10th and 11th December 2016, thousands of nature photographers gathered in Kinepolis Antwerp to enjoy inspiring lectures by renowned nature photographers from home and abroad, wonderful nature photography exhibits, photo equipment demos, photo-tours together with workshops information.

© Jef Pauwels

© Jef Pauwels- All speakers and Aagje De Doncker


I’m just back home from the fantastic 3rd edition Lowland Photo festival in Antwerp, Belgium, where I was very happy to be part of this year.

At the moment you step into the Kinapolis, all the people from the organization make you feel at home. Immediately, you feel like a little princess. Nothing was left for surprises, all was so well taken care of that it felt like sitting in a very comfortable warm bath.
It was great to have  my name on the list of lecturers, speakers who had strong messages, shared true emotions, intimate stories, witty humor, dreams – and even fairytales – and most of all beautiful images.

Lecture program zaterdag 10 December
Michel Lucas (NL), Pia Dierickx & Karin Couwenbergh (BE), Heike Odermatt (NL), Jan & Mart Smit (NL), Bob Luijks & Marijn Heuts (NL),
Jeffrey Van Daele & Yves Adams (BE), Myriam Dupouy (F), Laurent Geslin (CH) & Markus Varesvuo (FI)

Lecture program zondag 11 December
Sam Mannaerts (BE), Alain Pardon (BE), Karl Van Ginderdeuren & Pieter-Jan D’Hondt (BE), Kristel Schneider (NL),
Lowland-battle: Johan van de Watering (NL) versus Filip van Boven (BE), Jasper Doest (NL), Richard Peters (UK) & Bence Mate (HU)

© Jef Pauwels

© Jef Pauwels

Emotions and pride

For over a year I already knew I would be part of this great 3rd edition. So when it was finally the time to rehearse and prepare the final details of the presentation, I can tell you, the nerves were building up. It is not everyday that you can stand in front of so many people and share very personal parts of yourself. In a way you translate your  inner soul into images.

My presentation Variations in Trees is very personal as it reminds me so much of my father who passed away in 2011. In a way, he loved, studied and protected trees through his work as a high environmental advisor (RIVM) for many governments all over the world. He loved giving lectures and he was a very passionate speaker.
Lowland festival was my first photography lecture. Standing before a room of 600 people, I literally ‘looked up’ for some support and when it was time for me to step on the stage I was fighting my nervosity. In my opinion, what I really had to get used to was the lack interaction with the audience and the blinding spotlight that was shining straight into my face. But on the other hand it was also very exciting to see my images shown on such a big screen, 25 meters by 10. As some of my favorite images I wished I were sitting in the audience.

I think I will never become the speaker my father was but I hope he was proud of me !

Now that the impressive moment of performing is over I can say that it was a delighted moment to take part in that special event. It was wonderful to meet new people, catch up with friends and share this first time experience with the ones I love.

© Jef Pauwels

© Jef Pauwels

Many thanks to all the volunteers and the main organizers Aagje De Doncker and Jan Loos of Landschap VZW and Hennie van Heerden.  They all did a magnificent job.
Do not miss the 4th edition in 2017!

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1st price International Photo competition Nature Namur

Happy to announce that my image ‘Wave motion’ got the 1st price in categorie Phot’eau at International photo competion Nature Namur in Belgium.
Unfortunately I could not be present at the ceremony in Namur last night.
Congratulations to all the other winners, especially to the overall winner Ingrid Vekemans from Belgium.


The festival got over 5505 images this edition.
You can see all the winning images and other great photo expo’s at Festival Nature Namur this weekend. Have a nice weekend!

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New in 2017: Italian Dolomites photo-tour


Experience the impressive mountain ranges of the other Italy
(for Nordic Vision Photo-tours)

  • UNESCO heritage
  • Magnificent mountain ranges – stone cathedrals
  • Spring, the season of fresh colors and new Life
  • (Intimate) Landscape | Close-up Photography
  • Wild flowers photography
  • Guided by photographer Kristel Schneider
  • 8 days – 7 nights

When all my school friends went to the beach my parents took my brother and me every summer to San Cassiano, in the heart of the Italian Dolomites. Unfortunately when you are so young you do not appreciate all that beauty around you, it is much later that you realize that this was the seeding of my love for the mountains and for nature. Going back to my childhood holiday destination almost felt like going back home again. Tucked away memories came back and I rediscovered the beauty of these magnificent mountain ranges with their stone cathedrals. Pure enjoyment! I will be more than happy to share this beautiful area with you during this 8-day photo-tour – Kristel
This photo-tour will focus mainly on the heart of the Italian Alps. In Spring everything is full with fresh colors and strives with new life. It is the time when the Dolomites awaken from the cold winter months. The steep rocky peaks will undo their white blankets of snow. Then pure natural colors, rough and graphical textures will visually materailise. For us, photographers, this season offers countless opportunities to try out a wide variety of nature photography shots: long valleys and rugged ridge-lines, turquoise colour lakes, various wild flowers, as well as the dolomites mountain tops in all kinds of photogenic shapes.

What to expect during this 8-day photography tour: we will visit several Nature Parks, like t he Ampezzo Dolomites, the Fanes -Sennes -Brais, the Sesto/Tre Cime Dolomites. We will look at how the sunlight plays on the mesmerising mountain ranges and see mist disappear in the valleys and over the peaks. You will discover one of Italy’s most beautiful mountain lakes. There will be plenty of opportunities to focus on close-ups, macro and other Spring subjects: flowering mosses, Alpine Snowbell,Gentiane, the rare Lady’s slipper orchid and many other wild flowers.

Date: June 10-17 2017

8 days – 7 nights
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Expo photo Variations in Trees – in Italy

Variations in Trees photo expo in Italy.

During the Bio Photo Festival I will show my Variations and Trees exhibit.
Hope to see you there !


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Bio Photo Festival 2016
September 22th to 25th 2016 – Budoia (PN) ITALY

List other expo’s:

•Pierluigi Rizzato – ITA – www.pierluigirizzato.com
•Marco Urso – ITA – www.photoxplorica.com
•Willy Di Giulian – ITA – willydigiulian.blogspot.it
Jean-Marie Séveno – FRA – www.jean-marie-seveno.net
Michel d’Oultremont – BELG – www.micheldoultremont.com
•Gabriele Bano – ITA – www.gabrielebano.weebly.com
•Circolo Fotografico Palmarino – ITA – www.cfpalmarino.com
•Neil Aldridge – ENG – www.conservationphotojournalism.com
•Adam Ławnik – POL – www.adamlawnik.pl
Kristel Schneider – NED – www.kristelschneiderphotography.com
•Marco Dian – ITA – www.marcodian.com

Link: http://www.biophotocontest.com/eng/festival/2016/intro/#/0

Speaker at Lowland Photo Festival 2016

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One by one the names of the speakers are announced …and I am very proud and happy to be one of the invited speakers for Lowland Photo Festival 2016 in Antwerp (Belgium).

On Sunday 11 December I will give my lecture about ‘Variations in Trees’.  In Kinapolis Antwerper – Belgium.
The intro on their site starts with Who stands to shake on his or her legs for our enormous projection screen and a room with 671 seats … this year….me !, but I am also very excited and happy to be part of this great event.  Hope you all will come to see  my work  and hear me speak  😉 !

Lowland Photo Festival is one of the biggest photo events from Belgium and the Netherlands, during two days you can enjoy impressive lectures and seminars of an army of national and international photographers and you can also visit the largest nature photo fair of the Low lands (Netherlands & Belgium). Here you can find information about new photo gear but also where to go on your next photo-tour. For example my tour operator Nordic Vision photo-tours will also give acte de présensce.

For more information (in Dutch) visit their website: Lowland festival 2016 site
Will you like to be informed of the program of the Lowland Photo Festival 2016? Please send an email to lowland@landschapvzw.be




(Dutch) Facebook announcement.

(Dutch) Facebook announcement.

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