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Bence Mate

Bence Mate


Ice Cold Wings

"The photos were taken in Hungary, in the Kiskunsag National Park, from a special underwater hide. This shooting was preceded by a 2-year-long preparation what the selection of the scene, building and developing the hide are concerned.
My goal was to take pictures reflecting winter atmosphere, so I spent 20 days in the hide when finally it started to snow for the first time. I have not managed to take such good scenes for 9 years."

"Apart from its technical qualities, Panasonic LUMIX GH4 can be used in a multifunctional way by both videographers and photographers. Its park of objective covering 7-300mm enables us a wide range of utilization. (Due to the small sensor, this corresponds to 14-600mm.) As a photographer I found it extremely exciting that while shooting pictures I was able to take moving shots of unbelievably good resolution. Concerning the settings, I prefer the Custom Multi AF which is a landmark in photo technology."

On the strength of his achievements at the international competition 'BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year' Bence Mate has been the most successful competitor in the past 59 years.
In 2010 he was the youngest ever to be chosen as the 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' by the BBC. In the same year the English translation of his book, 'The Invisible Wildlife Photographer', was published which was sponsored by Panasonic. The book gives us an insight into the secrets of wildlife photography.
Since 2006 he has been testing Panasonic's latest cameras in extreme conditions, in several remote parts of the world, like Costa Rica, Brazil, Norway, Hungary, or Africa.
At the moment he works as a freelance action-photographer, and he runs wildlife photo tours to his special hides equipped with one-way glass, where birds can be observed at any time of the day without being disturbed.