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Marc Steichen, born in 1979, is a nature photographer based in Luxembourg. He grew up on the Luxembourgish countryside and used to live close to nature from his childhood on. The large forests and prairies gave him plenty of space and opportunities to explore the natural world surrounding him.
At the age of fifteen, his interest of photography was revealed during a high-school photography course; it was the development of prints in the darkroom that fascinated him. Marc realise that photography is the perfect tool to express his personal creativity and to immortalize these magical moments he witnessed in nature.
Over the years, his personal photographic style evolved from simple documentary work to more aesthetic, interpretive images inspired by the moods and emotions he experiences first hand in the outdoors.
Since 2004, he is a member of the Luxembourgish nature photographers association (LNF) and has been recently elected President of the LNF.
He has been awarded in major international nature photography competitions, like the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year (UK), the GDT European Wildlifephotographer of the Year (D),the ASFERICO Concorso Internazionale di Fotografia Naturalistica (I) and the Nature´s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards (USA). He was awarded the Grand Prix winner of the AFPAN Concours International de Photo Nature de Montier-en-Der (F) in 2011 and the All-Over Winner of the Glanzlichter nature photography contest (D) in 2013.
His photos have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and are published in calendars and postcards, as well as in magazines dedicated to nature conservation and nature photography.
“Whether it is a common bird in my garden or a rare mammal in the northern taiga, I always try to capture the animal’s beauty and spirit in an aesthetic and new way. This is the driving force of my photography: to be out there with passion for nature, to capture the unique, unseen moment and share it with others.”