Biography

Solvin Zankl, born 1971 in Marburg, Germany, began his career as a photographer in 1989. Inspired by the experience of a one-year stay at the former West Indies Laboratory at St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, he tried for the first time to document wildlife in its natural environment. In 1994 Solvin Zankl started to study Marine Biology at the University of Kiel in Germany. Completing his Master in Marine Biology and being close to the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, including its famous tidal flats, he began to photograph life above and below the sea surface. Ever since, his growing fascination for the element water led him to expand his work throughout different coastal environments, located e.g. in Northern Scotland, Norway, the Bahamas and the Caribbean Sea. Since 1999 Solvin Zankl has been working as a professional photographer, specialised in producing wildlife stories on assignment in different parts of the world. He always tries to catch the behaviour and the typical character of his subject from his personally view. His work has appeared in many magazine worldwide, including GEO, stern, National Geographic Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Natural History Magazine, Airone, Illustreret Videnskab as well as in the book of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He received the German Award for Science Photography and the Fritz Poelking Award. In 2010 he was part of the judging panel for the for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He has published a number of books, the latest being Wildnis Eiche about the Oak tree as a microcosm of life and Ozeane, dealing with ocean life in all latitudes and depths, both published by Frederking and Thaler.

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