Joris Van Alphen
International League of Conservation Photographers
Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
oris van Alphen is a photojournalist and filmmaker specializing in stories about nature and people. He is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a National Geographic Explorer.
From camping in the canopy of a fig tree deep in the Amazon rainforest, to diving unexplored coral reefs in the northern Moluccas, Joris has extensive experience working in remote locations under challenging conditions. Growing up with biologists as parents, he embarked on his first field expedition to Africa at the age of three. He went on to study biology himself, but left a career in science to become a full-time photographer and filmmaker. His work has since spanned five continents.
Joris is based in Barcelona and originally from the Netherlands.
2016 - Big Picture Competition, 2016 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2014 - Marine Conservation Photography Grant Winner, 2012 - Emerging Nature Photographer Award
- RC aerial
- Video capture
- Video editing
Fighting for Reef Fishes
Joris Van Alphen
South Africa's False Bay lies at the intersection of two formidable ocean currents – the Agulhas in the east and the Benguela in the west. Warm and cold swirl together to create an ecosystem that hosts one of the planet’s most unique communities of marine life. Before the exploitation of False Bay, a bewildering array of endemic reef fishes were present throughout the bay. Today, many reef fish stocks have collapsed. For fishermen this represents a socio-economic crisis. For scientists and conservationists, the protection of these species is a daunting battle.