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My name is Herman van der Hart and I am a Dutch Nature Photographer. Since I was young I was interested in nature in general. In the forests of the Veluwe I went out looking for wildlife, such as Red Deer and Wild Boars. Also birds I found very interesting and I've seen the changes in the presence of certain species in the last decades. For instance, when I was a 12-year old boy, I knew different leks of Ruffs and witnessed their arenas. Black-tailed Godwits were so wide spread and common that you didn't even took a glance. What a difference that is nowadays....! Through my photography I'd like to express my personal view on nature and I want to share the beauty we still have, with other people. Regularly I present my pictures in various parts of The Netherlands (see also the chapter " Presentations").
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( Sluftervalley on Texel; photo: Johan van de Watering)

Since 2001 I am a member of the VNF-Apeldoorn and from 2006 till 2010 I was in the governing board.

In 1997 Ellie and I moved to the village Zalk, a small hamlet along the IJssel River between the hanseatic cities Zwolle and Kampen. This means that photography close to home became much more interesting: the special light, the changes of the river during the seasons, the rich birdlife. Despite that we still like to travel, preferably besides the trod down tracks. The African continent contains for me so many fantastic opportunities for all sorts of photography that I repeat going back, whether it is in West Africa, as in the eastern and southern parts. But the last couple of years we have done some small scale expeditions in the eastern part of Indonesia (Papua Barat), as well as in various parts of India, which I find one of the most exciting countries in the entire world! Whitin Europe, definitely Iceland is my favourite. 

A large number of my pictures have been archived by Nature in Stock (www.natureinstock.com ) .

(photo : Hennie van Heerden)


Nikon D500 

Nikon D800

Nikon D850


Nikkor VR 70-200 mm f/2.8

1.7 converter

1.4 converter

AF-S Nikkor  500 mm f/4.0 D II

AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 G IF-ED

AF-S VR Nikkor 16-35 mm.


Benro Swing Arm


Vanguard Monopod


In the past 8 years I've won a good number of awards, in my club, nationwide as well as some international prices.

-2008: Nature Photographer of the year at the VNF-Apeldoorn

" Taiga Atmosphere" , winner in the category mammals

_2009: two prices in a national contest, organized by the NVN (Dutch Society for Nature Photograhy)

- 1 st price in the category Birds(Arctic Tern)

This picture was also the winning overall picture at thr VNF-Apeldoorn

- 3rd price in the 2009 NVN contest in the category mammals:
" Bear in the taiga"


-2011: First price in the category plants in the national photocontest of the nature magazine Roots, with a picture taken in Drawiensky NP, Poland.

- March 2013 a highly commended in the category "Nature as your neighbour" in the Belgian Photocontest organized by ARGUS

"Frittilaries at sunset"

- "Lauwersmeer Sunrise" (see picture down under) : In 2012 came in the Final of Glänzlichter (Germany) in the category landscapes.
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-April 2012: First price and overall winner in the photocontest, held by the magazine " Vogeljaar" (NL) with this picture of a displaying Goldeneye.


-2012-" Dutch Arctic", 2nd price in the category Landscapes 2012 , at the national photocontest of ROOTS Magazine.


-2012: "Snakehead Frittilaries in backlight", 2nd price at Roots Magazine's yearly contest.
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"Blue Tit" - 1st Price Photo of the Month January 2013 ROOTS Magazine


- March 2013 " The lonely Skater" : highly commended in the category Perception of Nature, at the Belgian Photocontest organized by ARGUS

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- November 2013: second price in the Bulgarian Photo Contest " Eastern Rhodopes- Taste of wild Nature", with this picture of a Little Bittern 


January 2015: " DHOLE CAUGHT BY A SUNBEAM", 1st Price Photo of the Month January 2015 ROOTS Magazine 



-2015: 10 page article on the expedition Ellie and I did on Mupi Gunung, Bird's Head region in Papua Barat for the Dutch Nature Photo Magazine " Natuurfoto"

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 _DECEMBER 2015: Lowlands Photo Contest, Antwerpen: " Tree in Blue and White"  : Highly Commended



_JANUARY 2016: Final in " Birds in landscape"  in Festival de L'Oiseau et de Nature(France) 

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_FEBRUARI 2016: OVERALL WINNER FOTOWEDSTRIJD.EU with this picture I took in Kalabougou (Mali)





_MAART 2016: Highly Commended with this picture, titled " Thirsty" in GLÄNZLICHTER 2016, in the category " Wildlife in a human environment". Picture was taken in Sariska National Park (India) near the Hanuman Temple. 


Maart 2017: "Snowdrops in Red" (final in MML Photo Contest in category Vegetal World)

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Maart 2017:   "The Cormorant" (Final in MML Photocontest in category World of Birds) picture taken in Kanha NP, India


 December 2017: " The Actor comes on Stage.." > First Prize in the category " Man and Nature" at the Lowlands Photo Contest 2017 in Antwerp (B)


Maart 2018: " The girl and the birds", Highly Commended in the Asferico (Italy) Photo Contest , in the category " Man and Nature"


June 2018: " Frozen Aliens" (Riisitunturi NP in Finland) became Photo of the Month in LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE