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2011 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HERPETOLOGICAL PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTED TO MATTHIJS HOLLANDERS

Speckled Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula holbrooki)- Matthijs Hollanders wins SWCHR's 2011 Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography
This  Speckled Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula holbrooki)  was  photographed  while  field herping in  Brazoria County,  Texas by
Matthijs "Matt" Hollanders of Houston, Texas. The image was originally selected  as our Photo of the Month for  April, 2011 and it
then went on to win Matthijs SWCHR's 2011 Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography.         Photo by Matthijs Hollanders


On February 23, 2012  Matthijs Hollanders of  Houston, Texas  became the recipient of  SWCHR's 2011 Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography. Matthijs, who has contributed countless photographs to the SWCHR web site over the past two years with six Photo of the Month wins to his credit submitted this image of a Speckled Kingsnake last April and it was selected as our Photo of the Month for April,2011. Now his Speckled Kingsnake image has won him SWCHR's annual Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography. This award consist of a commemorative plaque mounted certificate, and a $150 cash award.

Matthijs Hollanders displaying his 2011 Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography from SWCHR
Matthijs Hollanders displays his  2011 Award  for  Excellence  in  Herpetological  Photography.
                              

When we asked Matthijs to tell us a little about himself and his winning photograph, he was kind enough to do so. "For as long as I remember, I've had a passion for nature. This was fueled by my parents, and a general love for nature quickly progressed to birding in particular. However, after finding my first snake (a water snake of sorts) along a bayou in my suburb of Houston, I fell in love with snakes. After a year or two of casually looking for snakes without knowing much about them, I met several great herpers of the area who quickly taught me the way. My excitement in snakes has not withered, although I have now broadened my interests into all reptiles and amphibians.

I found the Speckled Kingsnake in my photograph two years ago, and it was the first one I had ever flipped under a board. It was an incredibly exciting moment, and quite early in my photography career. My father has always let me use his Nikon D300 and lenses, and this photograph was taken using natural light and a 105mm macro lens. Most of my herpetological photographs are now taken with that same equipment, although a wide-angle lens is often found on the camera to incorporate the animal's habitat. Furthermore, I have been particularly focusing on using flash with a soft box in combination with natural light. I have been saving money for a long time now with hopes of investing in my own dSLR and equipment, and by this summer I should have my own stuff!"

The Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography will continue to be presented on an annual basis. SWCHR is very pleased with our first five years of having sponsored this award program that allows us to recognize and reward individuals who demonstrate a high degree of photographic excellence in the field of herpetology. For more information on how to participate in this program, please click here.  During prior four years SWCHR's Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography has also been bestowed on Jason Penney, Gary Nafis, Will Wells, and Travis Dimler.








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