Four Photographers Focus their Lens on Albania’s Wild Beauties
In addition to
sharing the region’s natural spectacles, the rise in Albanian wildlife
photography has given this valuable part of the country’s landscape and
ecosystem the necessary focus.
Rise of wildlife photography in the region
The group of four Albanian photographers, that makes up
the non-profit organization Wildlife Albanian Photographers, is responsible for
a major part of the increase in the country’s wildlife documentation. The high
photographic standards combined with a devotion to the preservation of the fauna
of both Albania and Kosovo has, thus far, ensured a level of sustainability in
WAP’s significant initiative. The organization’s headquarters are located in
Kosovo. The four founding members, all professional photographers, however, are
constantly looking for other enthusiastic professionals that can contribute to
the cause. The photographs should, of course, be of wildlife in the entire Albanian-speaking
One of the most popular
destination for this type of photography is Divjaka-Karavasta
National Park. With 51,000 kinds of
birds, this park hosts an astounding rich variety which begs to be documented
and shared with the world. Not too far behind is Shkodra
Lake, also well-known among
birdwatching enthusiasts. Among its 270 different species, you can meet more
than 80% of the kinds of birds that populate the Albanian landscape. Among the
latter, some of the most popular are seagulls, pelicans, storks, and eagles.
Value of Wildlife
Photography for Albania
In addition to their aesthetic value, these high-quality images of animals and birds in their natural habitats, serve to advance scientific research in this field. A platform that furthers the sharing of wildlife photography, has proven crucial in the continuation of the photographers’ passionate work, which provides both beauty and knowledge. This photographic genre introduces the public with the beauty that surrounds them, which still remains largely unknown to them.
Wildlife photography also offers a magical element, between the real and surreal, the technical and artistic. In more ways than one, the public is presented with images that are unperceivable by the human eye and is, thus, allowed to enter another realm, previously inaccessible to the Albanian public.
More on Wildlife Albanian Photographers
Wildlife Albanian Photographers was founded by four talented and entrepreneurial young men: Granit Hyseni, Arian Mavriqi, Besnik Jakupi, all from Kosovo, and Jetmir Troshani from Shkodra in Albania. Their devotion, dedication and love of nature have resulted, fortunately for us, in a wonderful collection of photographs, masterfully documenting the country’s rich fauna. As often happens with projects inspired by love, this one has drawn many other photographers to it, the kindred spirits who are passionate about art, nature, science, and adventure and “capturing” it all in an everlasting image.