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From Student to International Award Winning Nature Photographer — An Interview with Stefan Christmann

Icelandic Mountain Range — Stefan ChristmannNature in Focus ©

Up until this day, the thing I enjoy most is creating my own visions and interpretations of this planet in the form of photographs.

Stefan’s Early Days — Very Beginnings — Stefan Christmann — Nature in Focus ©

Up until this day the thing I enjoy most is creating my own visions and interpretations of this planet in the form of photographs.

A Perspective of the World — Stefan Christmann — Nature in Focus ©
Wandering Waterfall —Stefan Christmann - Nature in Focus ©
Lava Drips & Turtle Rests in Hawaii (Left, Middle) and Ice banks the coast in Iceland (Right) — Stefan Christmann — Nature in Focus ©

“You’ve got a great photography future ahead of you”

— being a nobody in the photographic community at that point, this statement not coming from a friend but from a complete stranger was a very big motivation and a much needed acknowledgement of my work.

Gliding Through — Stefan Christmann — Nature in Focus ©
Stronger Together — Stefan Christmann — Nature in Focus ©
Aurora Borealis Covers Antarctica — Stefan Christmann — Nature in Focus ©
The Vastness — Stefan Christmann — Nature in Focus ©

Never let yourself be discouraged, because you are not advancing as fast as someone else or if you are not heading into the same direction as your idol.

Photography is utterly personal and subjective and if you truly care about what you do, you WILL have success eventually. It took me over ten years to get recognised by the community, but I kept doing what I loved and composing images in the way that I liked and that excited ME.

Lone Ranger — Stefan Christmann — Nature in Focus ©

try to work and improve on them [weaknesses], but always spend more energy on developing your strengths.

You will never be able to please everybody but you should always be able to please yourself.

Please help other people interested in photography and nature, see more of the amazing work from Stefan by clapping this story.

If you’d like to get in touch, feel free to comment or reach me on — sam@mywondr.co / @readersam121

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Sam Reader

Passionate about Behaviour, the Meaning of things & Life-Long Learning. Co-Founder of WONDR —https://www.mywondr.co