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Hungarian Bence Máté’s Award Winning Photos Showcase the Beauty of Wildlife – Photo Album!

Fanni Kaszás 2019.04.12.

As we previously reported, Hungarian wildlife photographer Bence Máté’s photo, Survival Instinct took first place in the Nature category at the World Press Photo awards in Amsterdam. In honor of the accomplishment, we have collected what we consider to be some of the nature photographer’s best shots.

photo: Bence Máté (matebence.hu)

Bence Máté was born in Szeged in 1985 and moved to Pusztaszer two years later. His childhood bedroom looked out over reedbeds, and it was there that he took his first photo of a bird. He quickly fell in love with nature photography, and by the age of 13, he spent most of his free time taking wildlife photos. He took home the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in Hungary every year between 2000 and 2004.

photo: Bence Máté (matebence.hu)

In 2010, his image Marvel of Ants won the prestigious grand title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, making him the only contestant to win in both the junior and adult categories.

photo: Bence Máté (matebence.hu)

Bence Máté still leads the competition’s rankings. He was deemed the most effective professional in the competition’s 50-year history. Aside from his work as a photographer, he is best known by the public for his role as the Invisible Wildlife Photographer from the three-part series broadcast on Spectrum Television.

photo: Bence Máté (matebence.hu)

Apart from his numerous achievements, he has gained an international reputation for designing special one-way glass hides. In 2005, he first experimented with this photography technique. Since then, it has been widely used all over the world, and most hides are equipped with such glasses. Photographers from all over the world visit his numerous hides in places like Hungary, Costa Rica, Brazil and Romania.

photo: Bence Máté (matebence.hu)

In 2006, Bence launched an enterprise based on wildlife photography tourism. He renovated a farm and turned it into one of the most popular venues for hide-based photography in Europe. In addition, he also gives lectures and writes articles.

photo: Bence Máté (matebence.hu)

An outdoor exhibition featuring around 600 of the wildlife photographer’s images opened at the square in front of St Stephen’s Basilica in central Budapest last month. The exhibition is expected to travel to other Hungarian cities and will start in Debrecen later this month.

photo: Zoltán Balogh/MTI