Last year we launched a new brochure format showcasing some of our pro photographer partners. We were honored to have stories from Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, Steve McCurry, Douglas Kirkland, Joyce Tenneson and 12 other fabulous photographers.

Our 2011 Loweprofessionals Professional Photographer Showcase is now hot off the press — and we are really excited to bring you brand new feature articles.

Within the pages of this year’s edition, you’ll find pieces about 15 pro photographers from around the world. Their stories are sometimes larger than life, sometimes touching and poignant. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it together.

Here’s a sneak peek at just one of the features….

Andreas Kieling’s life story reads much like the adventures written by his favorite authors: Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London and Mark Twain. At the age of 16, he escaped East Germany under cover of darkness despite being shot in the back. Making a full recovery, he took to the sea, sailing around the world on cargo ships and rediscoving his love of photography.

Today, Andreas is one of the top nature/adventure photographers in the world. But our story is about a much different project he undertook — a 1400km hike, with his dog Cleo at his side, through the countryside that was once the forbidden zone between East and West Germany. This area is now referred to as the Green Line,  a protected preserve that is home to many rare species of wildlife.

We hope you enjoy reading Andreas’ story — and those of the other photographers who bring so much color and emotion into our lives. From the Olympic Games to the landscapes of Scandanavia, from photo essays about breaking news and the struggles of indigenous people to fine art prints that are nothing short of amazing — we salute them all! Enjoy….

Sam is the PR and Photographer Relations Manager for Lowepro’s Worldwide Marketing team.


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