We are so excited to announce that Josiah, who recently turned 10, has been named the 2014 Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year!
Josiah decided to follow in his big sister’s footsteps and begin entering select competitions in 2014 as his commitment to learning the craft of wildlife photography was clearly resulting in increased skill and results. He got off to a great start with seven of the eight images he submitted to the 2014 NHM/BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition chosen as finalists! While he did not win, it was a great experience for him and helped encourage him to dive into his photography with even greater dedication.
This winter, Josiah decided to submit some of his favourite images in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition. The competition this year saw a huge response, with over 10,000 images submitted from around the world. Josiah was ecstatic to learn that eight of the ten images he submitted were selected as finalists in a category filled with incredible imagery from talented nature photographers 18 years old and younger. Then, on January 12, we received confirmation that Josiah had indeed won the title of Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year with his image of two Rocky Mountain Bighorn rams doing battle in the Canadian Rockies not far from our home!
John (Josiah’s dad) and Jenaya (Josiah’s big sister and Nature’s Best 2013 Youth Photographer of the Year) were also finalists in the competition with seven images each, and could not be more excited for Josiah and this incredible accomplishment. Jenaya’s image, “Salmon Swatter” was also Commended in the competition.
If you are interested in learning more about Josiah’s and his sisters’ development in wildlife photography, a timeline can be found on our About the Launstein Family page, and his full bio along with a few of his favourite images from 2014 can be viewed at About Josiah Launstein.
In November, 2013, Jenaya become only the second young female wildlife photographer ever to be named the Youth Photographer of the Year in the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards! We are so honoured for her to receive this recognition.
The image that was selected as the winner was this wonderful photograph of a North American Porcupine striking a pose as it surveys its route to a nearby forest near Kluane National Park, YT.
This image was selected to be part of the inaugural exhibit in the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Louis, MO, and was also chosen as the Wildlife Photo of the Year for 2012 on the Nature Photographer’s Network. It was part of an extended feature exhibit through April 20, 2015 at the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington, D.C., before returning to the Smithsonian in 2016 as part of their “Best of the Best” exhibit of 113 image deemed to be the very best out of over 500,000 submitted to Nature’s Best over the past 20 years. Read the Smithsonian’s press release here on the winners of this prestigious competition that saw more than 20,000 entries from 50-some countries worldwide. “Yukon Porcupine” has become one of Launstein Imagery’s very best selling prints, and is a perpetual favourite in the gallery (and wherever it is displayed).
Did you know Jenaya has been awarded the top honours in more than 8 of the most highly-regarded nature photography competitions in the world? If you are interested in learning more about Jenaya’s remarkable accomplishments in wildlife photography, a timeline of her journey can be found on our About the Launstein Family page and her full bio and a listing of her awards can be viewed at About Jenaya Launstein.