Alwin van der Heiden
Alwin van der Heiden was born in Gent, Belgium and has spent more than 33 years living in Mexico. He studied at the Faculty of Marine Sciences at the UABC in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. As an oceanographer and wildlife photographer he has traveled to remote areas such as the Revillagigedo and Guadalupe Islands to explore and take photographs. In 2003 he was invited to the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards for his winning image in the category from Dusk to Dawn, a photo chosen from 20, 500 entries. He is a contributing writer for several magazines where he focuses on natural subjects of flora and fauna of Mexico in order to create an appreciation and awareness of nature’s offerings. I also have worked for many NGO's and Governmental Organizations as a freelance conservation photographer in order to captive and demonstrate the emblematic and endemic species that this areas hold, and the importance in making new nature parks, or preserves. I am currently working in 170,000 hectares that will be the new largest nature protected area in the state of Sinaloa. The jaguars, military macaws, gila monsters, and more than 450 species of birds, more than 6500 species of plants will be protected, and more than 10 communities will benefit in the near future from organized ecotourism.
5% of the profits from my work goes to support International League of Conservation Photographers.