Media Release 

For immediate release: 10 May 2010

Europe’s beautiful nature in pictures -
National Geographic supports a unique international photo project

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London, UK – From this month National Geographic will place a special emphasis on the untamed nature of Europe. Three in-depth photo stories in the May issue of National Geographic Magazine and the large photo book “Wild Wonders of Europe ” stirs the attention around the surprising biodiversity in Europe.

National Geographic reports at length about distant countries and foreign cultures. But our own continent has many remarkable things to offer. For this reason, the nature photographers Peter Cairns, Florian Mollers, Staffan Widstrand together with environmental scientist Bridget Wijnberg took the lead to reveal the pristine nature of Europe: the international photo project Wild Wonders of Europe, supported by National Geographic.

In addition, and that’s something the founders want to stress, nature is recovering in many areas of Europe. “Thanks to changes in politics and in our way of living, nature is granted more room”, says Widstrand. “Almost 20% of Europe is now in some way protected.” And that should be celebrated. 69 nature photographers travelled across Europe, where they visited 48 countries and conducted 125 missions. The photographers, all selected from amongst the cream of European nature photography, were sent to a country not of their origin in order to look at their subject with a fresh view.

NtGeo Cover DutchThe result is a gathering of stunning nature photographs which allow you to realize that even in our territories one can be overwhelmed by pristine nature and get excited about the awesome beauty of our flora and fauna. A selection of these can now be found in the May issue of National Geographic, published in 33 international editions across 60 countries. The monumental National Geographic published Dutch edition of the Book “Wild Wonders. The Most Beautiful Nature in Europe by the Best Photographers”, is also released this month and is one of 10 language editions that will reach the shelves in 2010, with French, English and Norwegian languages already available.

Together with thousands of other images they mark the final highlight of Wild Wonders of Europe, a photo-expedition to the wild heart of a cultivated continent.

On May 27, the Wild Wonders of Europe Outdoor Photo Exhibition will be opened in The Hague, arranged by Life Exhibitions ( This will be the world premier of the touring exhibition about this outstanding photo project. More information about the project, the magazine, the book and the exhibition can be found on and

Note for editors

Wild Wonders of Europe Directors Peter Cairns, Florian Mollers, Staffan Widstrand and Bridget Wijnberg are available for interviews, together with the two Dutch nature photographers who participated in the project, Ruben Smit and Edwin Giesbers, and many of the other 69 photographers who will be present at the official opening of the exhibition. For further information, pictures or a review copy of the Dutch edition of the book and the May issue please address Susanne van Leeuwen, tel: +31 20 794 35 27

There is also a press kit available with photo and video material and this press release. This Press Kit can be downloaded after registration via

Images are copyright protected and can only be used to illustrate the above mentioned media release in the context of Wild Wonders of Europe. A maximum of three (3) of the nature images are free to be used without cost or previous agreement at any given time. But only under the condition that they are used in connection with reports on Wild Wonders of Europe, the mentioning of the project's website: and with the photographer's credit published beside the images, like this:
Photo: Photographer's name /

Any other subsequent rights are not allowed and are subject to approval by Wild Wonders of Europe.

Individual photo credits are mandatory. Credit information is available from the IPTC file info of the downloaded images or you can download a separate text file with the relevant information.

For more press information:

Dutch Press:

Margarétha Moerkerke and Trix van Alphen.
t: 020 612 7000, e:,

International Press:
Florian Moellers (Communications Director) t: +491709375789 e:, and
Bridget Wijnberg (Media & Exhibitions Director) t: +447972106839 e:

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