ABOUT

My name is Nicolas Castermans, I’m a French Travel and Documentary photographer. I’ve been traveling extensively for about a decade, and I define myself as a passionate explorer and adventurer at heart, with a strong attraction for remote cultures, places and lifestyles.
I’m a multi-award-winning travel photographer. I’ve been a finalist in the “Travel Photographer Of The Year” Awards in 2020 and 2021, and Commended in 2022 in the “Cultures” category. I’ve also been awarded in many other International contests – “The Independent Photographer”, “Life Framer”, “Siena International Photo Awards”, 500px – judged by iconic photographers such as Steve Mc Curry, Ami Vitale and other acclaimed artists from prestigious agencies like National Geographic, Time, The Guardian
Last but not least, my wife and I have been running a Travel agency in Peru since 2016. So my experience as a Tour Leader and my knowledge of South America as a photographer will ensure you to live unforgettable moments if you decide to go on a Photo Tour with me.

 

Photography Gear :

Bodies : Fujifilm XT1, XT3 and now XT5

Lenses : Fujinon XF 23mm f2

Fujinon XF 33mm f1,4

Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2,8-4

Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4

Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3,5-4,8

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AWARDS

 

 

 

♦   COMMENDED IN THE 2022 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS”.

SHORTLISTED IN THE PORTFOLIO : “CULTURES”

 

 

♦   2ND PRIZE AT LIFE FRAMER

THEME : COLOR (OCTOBER 2023)

JUDGE : DJENEBA ADUAYOM (Time, Vanity Fair, The New York Times…)

 

 

♦   3RD PRIZE AT THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THEME : TRAVEL (JULY-AUGUST 2022)

JUDGE : STEVE MC CURRY (Magnum Photographer)

♦   WINNING IMAGE AT LIFE FRAMER

THEME : PLANET EARTH (AUGUST 2023)

JUDGE : AMI VITALE (National Geographic Photojournalist)

♦   FINALIST AT THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THEME : COLOR (JUNE 2022)

JUDGE : ALESSIA GLAVIANO (Brand Visual Director of Vogue Italia)

♦   REMARKABLE ARTWORK AT SIENA AWARDS

THEME : JOURNEYS & ADVENTURES (SEPTEMBER 2023)

 

 

♦   WINNING IMAGE AT LIFE FRAMER

THEME : OPEN CALL (AUGUST 2022)

JUDGE : DILYS NG (Senior Photo Editor at TIME)

 

 

♦  WINNING IMAGE AT LIFE FRAMER

THEME : NIGHT LIFE (JANUARY 2023)

JUDGE : REBECCA MORSE (Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

 

 

♦  SPECIAL MENTION IN THE 2022 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS”.

SHORTLISTED IN THE CATEGORY : “CULTURES”

 

 

♦   FINALIST AT THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THEME : EMERGING TALENT (MARCH 2022)

JUDGE : CAROLINE HUNTER (Picture Editor for The Guardian Weekend Magazine)

 

 

♦   FINALIST AT THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THEME : LANDSCAPE (NOVEMBER 2023)

JUDGE : JIM RICHARDSON (National Geographic Photographer)

 

 

♦   FINALIST AT THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

THEME : INTIMATE LANDSCAPE (2023)

PUBLISHED IN THE YEAR 3 BOOK

 

 

♦  EDITOR’S PICK AT LIFE FRAMER 

THEME : COLOR (MARCH 2023)

 

 

♦   FINALIST IN THE 2020 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS”.

SHORTLISTED IN THE PORTFOLIO : “PEOPLE OF THE WORLD”

 

 

♦   FINALIST IN THE 2021 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS”.

SHORTLISTED IN THE PORTFOLIO : “LANDSCAPES AND ADVENTURE”

 

 

♦   EDITORS’ PICK AT THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THEME : OPEN CALL (DECEMBER 2021)

 

 

♦  500px WEBSITE TAKEOVER WINNER 

THEME : CAMERAS ON (JUNE 2022)

 

 

♦  500px

EDITOR’S CHOICE

LIFE STORY

Founders

Nico and Iza

I was born in the French Alps, in a little countryside village on the border with Switzerland. I turned 31 years old last June (2022).

At the age of 21, I went abroad. I did a Masters degree in International Business in China, where a real passion for traveling was born in me. I spent every spare moment that I had, with an amazing group of friends, discovering this huge country and South-East Asia. I explored this continent for about 3 years and this is where I lived my first real adventures, like Vietnam on motorbike, or traveling 14,000 km from Hong Kong to France, via the Trans-Siberian train.

During this trip, I had the chance to meet Izabela, a wonderful Polish traveler, who made me the honor of becoming my wife 5 years ago.

Together, we decided to go to South America, and after a year in Peru, we set up our own travel agency there.

While developing this activity and guiding our first clients, I started to photograph and document what I was experiencing. Slowly, photography became a real passion !

We’ve been now on the continent for about 6 years. I can’t stop being fascinated by the diversity of cultures and landscapes in the Andes.

Since February 2021, we’ve embarked on a motorcycle trip in Colombia that has taken us to Northern Argentina so far, while keeping organizing/guiding trips for our travel agency. I’ve also developed Photo Tours on the continent that I lead myself.

Who knows where all these adventures will take us in the near future…

Founder & CEO

SARA RICHER

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