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Portrait by Mike Muizebelt.

About me

I’m Bart van Engeldorp Gastelaars, a photographer from the Netherlands. For me, photography is almost a way of life! It is about sharing the experience, about being outdoors, seeing the world, satisfy my neverending curiosity, and to gain new stories. I hope those stories enables me to share my wonder with nature with other people. Although I started out with wildlife photography i’m increasingly branching out into other forms of photography, like environmental portraits and the creative industry.

From an early age, I have a passion for nature and conservation. I have a BSc in Environmental Sciences, an MSc in Biology, and gained experience with WWF in both Hungary and the Netherlands. Besides being a photographer I work over 15 years as a conservation consultant for Dunea, doing cool projects like setting up interactive visitor center De Tapuit and establishing a brand new National Park. I also own Blackbird Studio, specializing in concept development.

Bart is a naturalist pur sang. He knows how to capture that perfectly in his, often technically accomplished, extraordinary photographs!


John Loudon, Peace Parks Foundation

Exploring a cave system in Eastern Romania.
Giving a lecture at CameraNu.


I specialize in wildlife photography, conservation documentary and environmental portraits. I offer a wide range of services: from commissions and photoshoots, image licensing to prints, and presentations. Previous clients include the Peace Parks Foundation, the European Wilderness Society, Dunea, Land van Ons, BlueLinked and Aron Raams.


Curious about what gear I use?

For over a decade I have been very happy with the optic quality and service of Canon. Despite the advent of mirrorless systems I still have a preference for using a combination of a full-frame and an APS-C DSLR camera body.

My photographs in a regional campaign for Dunea, developed by T2.


My work has been published in the Netherlands and abroad. Some of my clients / publications include:

  • Peace Parks Foundation
  • European Wilderness Society
  • National Park Hollandse Duinen
  • Natuurfotografie Magazine
  • Gold Standard Foundation
  • Villa Ukuthula
  • ZENBER Architects
  • Dunea
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