• NAM_SOS_110612_4313-Edit3-1x

    Posted on 11 February 2016

    The Veil Redux

    Every time a publisher asks me for an image, or someone orders a fine art print, the same thing happens. I search for the file on my computer, open it in Photoshop, and think: why did I process it like this? Then I start fine tuning the image, correcting small mistakes, and I end up […] > Read More....

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    Posted on 15 January 2016

    New Tour: Into The Cypress Swamps

    It’s official: we have set up the world’s first swamp photography tour in Louisiana and Texas, and we’re very proud of that! It took us two scouting trips to find all the good shooting locations and sort out the rather complicating logistics, and it turns out it was more than worth > Read More....

  • NAM_20090521_1981-Edit-Edit-copy

    Posted on 5 January 2016


    Well, not really. Quite often when you see a photograph of a yawning lion, the photographer will try to make you believe that it was snarling. When a lion starts yawning, the first part of the yawn will clearly look like a yawn, but at the very end of it, the expression on the face […] > Read More....

  • Travel Photographer Of The Year 2015 -1

    Posted on 16 December 2015

    Overall winner Travel Photographer Of The Year!

    The great things in life always seem to happen when you least expect it. Last week we were still in Antarctica when I got an email from the Travel Photographer Of The Year competition asking me for my high res files. I knew I was in the finals, and I thought I had already uploaded […] > Read More....

  • Soul-Asylum-Change-of-Fortune

    Posted on 29 November 2015

    New Soul Asylum album will feature snow monkey with iPhone image

    The artwork for the upcoming Soul Asylum album ‘Change of Fortune’ will feature my famous snow monkey with iPhone image. And even though I’m more into death metal myself, I think it’s pretty cool these guys have chosen one of my pictures. > Read More....

  • USA_LOU_141126_647-copy

    Posted on 26 October 2015

    European Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

    Around the same time last year, Marsel and I were scouting for a new photo tour in Louisiana and Texas, and we didn’t really know what to expect. It turned out to be a very pleasant surprise and we managed to get some really good shots. The judges of this year’s European Wildlife Photogr > Read More....

  • BlOG_About_ryan_dyar_BW

    Posted on 26 September 2015

    New Squiver team member: Ryan Dyar

    We are proud to announce that photographer Ryan Dyar has joined the Squiver team. Ryan is known for his atmospheric landscape images and his popular post processing video tutorials. Not only that, he is also a great guy to travel with and to learn from, which is why we asked him in the first place. > Read More....

  • SA_SABI_20090731_3421-copy

    Posted on 22 September 2015

    Rhinos Without Borders

    On our Squiver tour to Botswana we stay in two world famous camps: Duba Plains and Selinda. Apart from the fact that these lodges offer us spectacular photographic opportunities, it is also important to know that the conservation fees that we pay for our visit are really put to work by Great Plains > Read More....

  • GREG_blog_pic

    Posted on 23 April 2015

    New Squiver team member: Greg du Toit

    At Squiver we try our utmost to set up tours of the highest quality. That is also why Squiver only works with the best people in the field, because we want to make sure to give you the best photo tour available on the market. We are very excited to announce that we have decided […] > Read More....

  • Night-41_NAM_120618_1593

    Posted on 21 April 2015

    Namibian Nights video on Red Bull website

    A few more weeks to go, and we are back in Namibia. We love Namibia. It was the first ever Squiver tour we set up, because we thought it was a location with absolutely stunning and unique landscapes. Marsel has made Namibia “his own” and won many awards with images shot on various locati > Read More....

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    Posted on 19 March 2015

    New Botswana tour: Buffalo, Lions and Wild Dogs

    Botswana is the ultimate safari country when it comes high quality safari tourism: small camps in private concessions, luxurious accommodation, superb wining and dining, so what more do you want???? Oh, right, ABUNDANT WILDLIFE. Well… needless to say we have that part covered! We have put toge > Read More....

  • Marsel_Gear_Numbered

    Posted on 12 January 2015

    What’s In The Bag?

    That’s a question I get asked a lot, and it’s not an easy one to answer. It all depends on where I’m going, when I’m going there, and what I’m going to photograph. On a landscape trip I take very different things than on a wildlife trip. I was recently asked this questi > Read More....

  • Beyond the veil of death 2

    Posted on 12 December 2014

    First Prize in Travel Photographer Of The Year, and more

    Well, 2014 has turned out to be another very successful Squiver year – full tours, happy guests, and some great results in the major international photography competitions. The latest addition to Marsel’s award list is First Prize in the Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards. In 2012 Marsel > Read More....

  • FacebookUpdate-CoverCrop

    Posted on 22 October 2014

    First Prize in Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

    Just ten days after Marsel’s multiple wins in this year’s IPA, he has won yet another award – and it’s a big one: First Prize in the People’s Choice Award category of the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year! In this new category the public could vote for their personal favorite, choosing > Read More....

  • NAM_120622_6791-IPA-1

    Posted on 12 October 2014

    Marsel wins three awards in IPA

    The prestigious International Photography Awards (IPA) has announced the winners of this year’s competition. An international jury of photography professionals selected Marsel’s series ‘Beyond the veil of death’ and his famous snow monkey with iPhone shot ‘Facebook update’ from over 27,0 > Read More....

  • 50 Years of WPY

    Posted on 22 September 2014

    50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    The Natural History Museum has published a new book: ’50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year – How Wildlife Photography Became Art.’ With only 180 photographs in the book, I am proud to be one of the featured photographers. It’s a real honor to be amongst so many truly great a > Read More....

  • Travel-42_LIB_ACA_101221_1343

    Posted on 4 September 2014

    The beauty of Libya

    With all the terrorist activity going on at the moment in so many countries, it reminded me of the fact that it is still very unsafe to return to Libya, the beautiful country where Daniella and I traveled for two months during our big Sahara expedition. The so called Arabic Spring turned out to be [ > Read More....

  • Nature Geoscience - Cover 2014

    Posted on 27 August 2014

    Cover of Nature Geoscience

    I’m a big fan of science, so it’s a great honor that the prestigious scientific journal Nature has used one of my rock arch images on the cover of their August issue. The image is called ‘At The Gates’ and features Double Arch, shot at night at Arches National Park, Utah, USA. The li > Read More....

  • Ashton Kutcher

    Posted on 22 June 2014

    Saga of a stolen snow monkey picture

    Interesting. Ashton Kutcher – the actor from Two and a Half Men, and the guy that plays Steve Jobs in the movie Jobs – has posted a filtered version of my snow monkey image on his FB page. I am not credited as the photographer. However, there is a tiny watermark near the bottom of [&hell > Read More....

  • Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 11.25.24

    Posted on 2 March 2014

    Stop stealing my images

    The shot I made of a lion charging is without a doubt popular. Unfortunately that also means that publishers, or cunning business people think they can just steal it and make the image work for them. I’ve seen it appearing as screen savers, iPad covers, iPhone covers, buttons, pacifiers (!), a > Read More....

  • Antarctica_02122012_119-copy-crop

    Posted on 17 December 2013

    Back from Antarctica

    We’re back in Ushuaia. Antarctica was awesome. The weather was extremely good – as a matter of fact a bit too good. Lots of sunshine and blue skies, not something I would pick for this place. But I guess it’s better than being stuck on the ship because of storms. We got none of tha > Read More....

  • Tours-Namibia-1_NAM_120622_6712

    Posted on 29 August 2013

    Wildlife photographer of the year 2013

    We are very proud to announce that Marsel’s image ‘Resurrection’ was successful in the Creative Vision category of the 2013 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Awards! It was shot in Deadvlei, Namibia, and here’s how it all got started: One of the many aspects of my preparation > Read More....

  • Thumb_CoverShot

    Posted on 23 July 2013

    Cover shot

    Photography Masterclass Magazine is a magazine designed exclusively for the iPad Newsstand, and their latest issue features my popular giraffe image on the cover, as well as two other images in the Capture Wildlife Masterclass. The giraffe image was shot on our Wildlife Boot Camp in Spain. This year > Read More....

  • Night-9_ANT_111118_10322

    Posted on 22 July 2013

    Camp Antarctica

    Here’s the latest blog post that I wrote for National Geographic: Antarctica is without doubt one of the wildest places on earth. It is seriously remote, it is not easy (or cheap) to get there, there is no infrastructure, and the climate is as extreme as it can get. When I traveled there for t > Read More....

  • Tours-Iceland-6_ICE_130304_1148

    Posted on 24 June 2013

    Glacier lights

    The sun has a heartbeat – every eleven years or so it beats. This is known as the solar cycle and is measured by the number of sunspots visible on the sun. The more sunspots, the more solar flare energy is being released into space, which means more aurora activity. Luckily, this solar cycle i > Read More....

  • Travel-46_08D0073

    Posted on 14 June 2013

    Publication in National Geographic Traveler

    The latest issue of National Geographic Traveler features one of my less known images: a romantic dinner set up at a safari lodge in Namibia. :-) Taking shots like this is not much different from any other type of image. It’s all about composition, framing, point of view, light and perspective > Read More....

  • Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 20.27.09

    Posted on 12 June 2013

    Review LegCoat, LegWrap, Memory Wallet & Battery Pouch

    One of the first photo accessories I ever bought, was a set of LegCoat covers for my Gitzo tripod. Each cover consists of two parts – a soft closed cell foam padding that wraps around each leg and sticks to the leg with the help of a strip of double-sided adhesive tape. The second part [&helli > Read More....

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    Publication in Practical Photography Magazine

    The latest issue of UK’s top selling photo magazine Practical Photography now features my popular giraffe image Looking Up in their Gallery section. Looking Up – a giraffe image done differently The caption says: “This image was shot on a Boot Camp in Spain where I teach photograph > Read More....

  • Landscape-30_USA_UTA_111215_2305

    Posted on 29 May 2013

    Outdoor Photographer blog

    Outdoor Photographer now features a blog post that I wrote on night photography in Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Of all the National Parks that I have ever visited in the US, Arches National Park is without a doubt the most iconic. Many millions of photographs have been shot here, and to come up > Read More....

  • JAP_JIGO_130212_765_1-copy-LR

    Posted on 17 May 2013

    National Geographic blogger

    National Geographic (Dutch edition) has asked me to write blogs on photography and my travels for their website. The first one was posted today. Snowmobile An important quality of a wildlife photographer is the ability to predict animal behavior. That means that you should not only look at your subj > Read More....

  • Special-Tigers-SA_TC_140121_6542

    Posted on 15 May 2013

    South Africa tour: Tigers & Leopards

    Earlier this year I was on assignment for National Geographic Traveler in India to shoot for an article on tiger safaris. I was there for a week and visited both Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore, their most famous tiger parks. It turned out to be a very frustrating experience – only on our very las > Read More....

  • Tours-Iceland-1_ICE_120327_5453

    Posted on 26 April 2013

    Ice Capades in Synology Ad

    My popular image Ice Capades, shot on our Winter Wilderness tour in Iceland, is now used by Synology in an ad to promote their NAS servers. I’m a big fan of my Synology DiskStation DS1812+, so I can honestly say that I’m behind this ad 100%. If you’re looking for a fast, reliable b > Read More....

  • Wildlife-28_ZAM_111004_1222

    Posted on 23 April 2013

    A hippo in a museum

    Nature’s Best has announced the names of the photographers who will be displayed in the upcoming awards exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. My winning hippo shot from Zambia is one of only 40 images that will be on display. The Awards exhibition > Read More....

  • Wildlife-16_ZAM_LOZA_121008_3412

    Posted on 12 April 2013

    Miss Zambia

    I’ve been on safaris in all African safari countries, and Zambia is easily one of my favorites. It’s not as crowded as the Masai Mara, the Serengeti or Kruger, not as expensive as the Okavango, you can drive off road, you’re not limited to opening or closing times of the parks, you > Read More....

  • Iceland-23_ICE_130322_6378_1

    Posted on 22 March 2013

    Field report from our Iceland tour

    We’re back from Iceland – it was awesome. We ran two tours in this amazing country, and they couldn’t have been more different. On the first tour we got everything from Iceland’s famous weather menu: cloudy skies, rain, wind, lots of wind, ice, snow, wind chill factors of min > Read More....

  • TWC

    Posted on 14 March 2013

    21 landscapes that will blow your mind

    Well, that’s the title that The Weather Channel came up with for showcasing Marsel’s work :-) There’s also a short interview with Marsel on the website of The Weather Channel: 21 Landscapes That Will Blow Your Mind > Read More....

  • Photography Master Class Cover

    Posted on 10 March 2013

    Interview in Photography Masterclass magazine

    Photography Masterclass Magazine is a magazine designed exclusively for the iPad Newsstand, and I am the Featured Photographer in their current issue. > Read More....

  • NamibiaTouristBoard

    Interviewed by the Namibian Tourist Board

    The Namibian Tourism Board has asked me to give their readers a personal account of what it is like there, and share some tips on photography in Namibia. You can read it here.     > Read More....

  • Wildlife-2_JAP_TSU_110223_0032

    Posted on 27 February 2013

    Back from Japan

    We’re back from Japan. Well, actually we’re already in Iceland now, but we’re no longer in Japan. It was a great trip, thanks to a fantastic group. Thank you guys for all the laughs, it was great fun! There was plenty of snow at all locations, which was the most important thing. We > Read More....

  • Video-1_Timelapse

    Posted on 22 January 2013

    Namibian Nights video now online

    Namibian Nights, our timelapse video that won First Prize in the Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards, is now online! Please visit our Squiver channel on Vimeo for more videos from us! > Read More....

  • Emergency

    Posted on 11 January 2013

    The Nikon emergency room again

    I’ve never had any serious problems with my Nikon gear, but after the expensive repair on my 24-70, I had some other issues.First, the sun shade of the 24-70. When I put the lens in my camera bag, no matter whether it’s on the body or not, I put the sun shade on the lens […] > Read More....

  • Tours-Iceland-1_ICE_120327_5453

    Posted on 6 January 2013

    Ice Capades is photo of the month

    Marsel’s Iceland picture ‘Ice Capades’ is Image of the Month on Naturescapes. Here’s the background info that accompanies the shot:‘Early this year I was travelling in Iceland, scouting for locations for a new tour. I was prepared to see a lot of spectacular landscapes, > Read More....

  • Landscape-9_USA_UTA_101109_562

    Posted on 5 January 2013

    First prize in NPN awards

    Just when we thought that 2012 has been such a successful year in terms of awards and recognition, the new year already starts with yet another award. Marsel’s photograph At The Gates has won First Prize in the Nature Photographers Network Awards. NPN is the internet’s top-ranked nature > Read More....

  • BLOG_ICE_120329_5725-copy

    Posted on 1 May 2012

    Review: RainCoat Pro by LensCoat

    Introduction For years I’ve been using rain covers from StormJacket for a number of reasons: they’re compact, lightweight, quick and easy to put on, effective, and cheap. But you can’t get all that without making some compromises. The StormJackets are not breathable, not quiet, and > Read More....

  • gura1

    Posted on 7 March 2012

    Squiver review: Gura Gear laptop bag

    For years I thought I had a camera bag fetish. Whenever I walked into a camera store, I would spend considerable time at the bags department – picking them up to feel the weight, opening and closing the zippers to see whether they ran smoothly, counting the amount of compartments and dividers, > Read More....

  • JAP_TSU_110326_0689-copy

    Posted on 7 February 2012

    Review: DroboPro

    When I first started with photography, I shot mainly slides. I framed them, put them in a box, and the box went into the closet. After a while I started scanning some of my slides onto my computer for some additional work in Photoshop, and suddenly I had a digital backup of my best pictures [&hellip > Read More....

  • Blog_Marsel_M20 LR

    Posted on 25 January 2012

    Review: Markins Q20 Ballhead

    A little bit of history: the M20 Seven years ago I wrote my first review on the Markins M10 ballhead. Shortly after that I upgraded to the M20, and I have been using it ever since. It is still in perfect working condition, and my guess is that it will easily outlive me. From the […] > Read More....

  • BLOG_CG245W-BK_front1def

    Posted on 31 December 2011

    Review: EIZO ColorEdge CG245W

    My first serious computer monitor was a LaCie Electron Blue IV, an incredibly heavy, blue beast. It served me well for many years, until recently. It can no longer reach the desired brightness, so I had to start looking for an alternative. At the time when I bought the massive LaCie CRT screen, it w > Read More....

  • BlOG_preview_AL_KAT_100808_4122

    Posted on 3 January 2010

    New Sponsor: Storm Jacket

    It is with great pleasure that we announce our partnership with Storm Jacket. Storm Jacket Camera Covers are the fastest and easiest way to protect professional cameras and lenses from inclement weather conditions such as snow, sleet, wind, rain, sand, dust, and harmful UV rays. Keeping your camera > Read More....

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