ABOUT US

Meet Nico & Iza – the young but experienced founders of this website.

My name is Nicolas Castermans, I turned 31 years old in June 2022, and I’m a French travel and documentary photographer.

I was born in the Alps, in a little village on the border with Switzerland. All my childhood, I was surrounded by amazing mountains. I grew up there until my early 20’s.

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 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 crossing 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 to explore in depth the country of Peru, where we set up our own travel agency after a year on the continent. While developing this activity and guiding our first clients, we kept on exploring more and more. So the need to capture what we were seeing and to document what we were living, grew naturally inside me. Slowly, I got interested in photography, before it became a real passion. Over time, I’ve become so passionate about it, that I’ve studied and practiced this art form as often as possible. Now, I feel the need to share my experiences and what I’ve learnt in these recent years as a traveler and photographer. Today, travel and photography really define who I am, and what I’ve become.

Photography Gear :

Body : Fujifilm XT3

Lenses : Fujinon XF 23mm f2

Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2,8-4

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

Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4

NICOLAS CASTERMANS : TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2020

AWARDS

 

 

 

♦   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”

 

 

♦   FINALIST AT LIFE FRAMER

THEME : OPEN CALL (AUGUST 2022)

JUDGE : DILYS NG (Senior Photo Editor at TIME)

 

 

♦   3RD PRIZE AT THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THEME : TRAVEL (JULY-AUGUST 2022)

JUDGE : STEVE MC CURRY (Magnum Photographer)

 

 

♦   FINALIST AT THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THEME : COLOR (JUNE 2022)

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

 

 

♦   FINALIST AT THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THEME : EMERGING TALENT (MARCH 2022)

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

 

 

♦   EDITORS’ PICKS AT THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THEME : OPEN CALL (DECEMBER 2021)

 

 

♦  500px TAKEOVER WINNER 

THEME : CAMERAS ON (JUNE 2022)

The secret of our success?

Love

Founders

Iza and Nicolas

With Iza & Nicolas you will never be lost! They both speak 5 languages: French, Polish, English, Spanish and Chinese. It helps them a lot while traveling. Nicolas is a mountain & photography lover. He’s always looking for the most astounding places for trekking, or for interesting and unplanned encounters with random people around the world. He never stops saying how beautiful a place is (even if he visited it five times!) : that’s what we call ” The love to travel”! Well, he is French and from time to time, he needs a good wine or a smelly cheese…Izabela, with her never-ending-smile, is a people lover too, passionate about traveling, of course, especially when it comes to meeting people, their culture, traditions, and life stories… You should definitely see her youtube videos where she talks about her travels and experiences with the locals!

Founder & CEO

SARA RICHER

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