"Discover to learn, learn to preserve" -Giancarlo Velmarch
Since I was two or three years old, even though I couldn’t speak properly, my fascination for animals around the world was noticeable. My family was amazed I could easily identify species they had never even heard of. Since then, my passion for the wildlife and conservation started to grow, becoming an important part of my childhood. My friends would be watching cartoons or Disney movies, but in my case I loved watching documentaries about animals and their environment.
When I was thirteen years old, I got the opportunity to buy a digital camera with my personal savings. Day and night I thought about my camera and how I could use it to take better, more unique photographs. Then one day it hit me: I could merge my two passions in life, photography and wildlife.
With my two found passions I have been able to volunteer in reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. I have worked as a volunteer placing camera traps for the research of big cats in the Cabo Corrientes area and as a bird tour guide at Vallarta Botanical Gardens. In addition, I have also worked as a bird and photography tour guide with the company I founded, Lifer Expeditions.
I volunteered in projects with Audubon society in San Diego as a bird photographer. I took a gap year in which I am working to save money so I can discover and explore the natural wonders in Africa traveling to East Africa. I did an internship work with Bird Uganda Safaris, LTD offered by Managing Director, Sir Herbert Byaruhanga, where I captured the unique bird species along with the big game of the country, learning and researching about behaviors as well as unique characteristics of the species that where new for this young naturalist.
My passions drove me to photograph amazing and unique species in various parts of the Americas, from the Amazon in Peru, South America to the Boreal forest in BC Canada and all in between. Birdwatching and bird photography requires lots of patience and extreme dedication. That’s why most birdwatchers with who I have shared my experience are older adults whom have been very impressed that a young man like myself is interested and very knowledgeable about the birdwatching world.
Wildlife photography is more than taking a good picture, it is capturing the sense and the uniqueness of the fauna. Most of the time you will be hiking, searching or waiting for hours for that one specie just to get one amazing photograph. Most people don’t know everything that is behind an amazing photograph. It is not just having the best equipment but also really knowing the specie’s behavior and how it will react to your presence.
I have participated in national and international contests such as Wildlife Photographer of the year 2020, in which I was one of the finalists with two of my photographs. I have been published multiple times in the CMFN (Comunidad Mexicana de Fotógrafos de Naturaleza/ Mexican Community of Wildlife Photographers), Vallarta Botanical Gardens website and monthly magazine. I won Blue feet Expeditions photography contest and my photograph was displayed in the Anthropology Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico. I am also grateful to have had the opportunity of seeing many species in their natural environment, to have the tools and knowledge to capture their individual beauty and to be able to share with others about the amazing fauna we have on our planet. Wildlife photography is key to create awareness about the conservation of our environment.
Being Giancarlo's place of birth I have a special sense for these species and photographs. Covering from Baja California Norte all the way down to Chiapas
A fantastic place which if you've traveled around America you would know it is a unique environment not only for its landscape but also for their unique species of birds and mammals.
A country that does not need introduction, a paradise for wildlife photographers with unique photo opportunities everywhere you look.
Expedition of July 2018
A country full of culture, ancient architecture and some species not seen anywhere else in the world.
Expedition of July 2017
A country really different from everything I've experienced before, a cold boreal habitat with its own uniqueness of landscapes and wildlife.
Expedition of Summer 2019
A compilation of photographs I've taken mostly on the west coast of the country in California.
Multiple expeditions 2018-2022
The Pearl of Africa, a country not that internationally recognized nevertheless full of unique wildlife as well as amazing landscapes. In every corner, there is just something magical with Uganda from its people to its wildlife.
Expedition of January-April 2022
A country which does not need introduction, In my intership with Mara Siana Conservancy I had the opportunity to explore the open savannas of Kenya and explore the Maasai culture on a very personal way. Expedition of May 2022
A country with both Africa and the Arab influence which with their western influence has lots of different cultures joint together in one country in addition to Morocco has multiple ecosystem all over the country, from forest to deserts. Expedition of August 2022
Youth category; two finalist-images
December 14, 2021 To whom it may concern: This fall, I have had the pleasure of working with Giancarlo Velmarch as a volunteer for San Diego Audubon Society. Giancarlo came to me seeking opportunities to lead field trips. When we receive requests like this we are usually both excited and nervous, because field trip leadership is a very special skill. In order to do this task, one must be charismatic, have the ability to share their knowledge while also encouraging trip participants to contribute their knowledge, and have an interest in shepherding participants to a higher level of knowledge and confidence. They have to know their birds and also know how to be with people. It is very difficult to find volunteers who exhibit all of these qualities.
I needed a few extra leaders for the San Diego Bird Photography Festival, and brought him in to help. He proved to have all of the necessary skills we seek. We had not done walks that centered on bird photography before. He brought his equipment, pointed out birds, and helped people get better views. The walks at the festival were so successful, we added them to our monthly Bird Walks schedule. Giancarlo helped launch this new program. He was able to lead two field trips for us before moving on for school and travels. We are going to continue offering these field trips and adding leaders. It wouldn’t have happened without Giancarlo!
I should also mention that Giancarlo has integrity and puts effort behind following through with his commitments. When I first asked him to help out, I was unaware that he did not have a car. In San Diego, it is difficult to get to all corners of the county without a vehicle. His lack of a vehicle was not a barrier to his participation. He was always where he needed to be with the equipment he needed.
He is definitely a person who goes the extra mile. I enjoyed working with him.
Jen Hajj Events and Membership Coordinator San Diego Audubon Society
4010 Morena Blvd Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92117
5TH July, 2022
To whom it may concern
This is to confirm that Mr. Giancarlo volunteer at Mara Siana Conservancy
for one month (April 2022). Mara Siana Conservancy is a community project
supported by WWF Kenya, whose principal aim is to conserve wildlife and
improve livelihoods of the local people through public private partnerships
with tourism investors.
As a manager of this conservancy, I consistently interacted with Mr.
Giancarlo on several occasions. I found him to be consistently pleasant in
tackling all assignments with dedication and smile. He is a take-charge
person who was able to present creative ideas and communicating the
biodiversity benefits to the conservancy and community.
He exceptionally participated in conservancy photography that sometimes
entailed taking photos and editing them to give the correct pixels of fine
details. He also helped the conservancy develop its professional website.
Mr. Giancarlo was responsible and volunteered to jump in and help out with
any task regardless from mundane to the challenging. He therefore blends
a well-organized, task-oriented style with the aforementioned sensitivity to
the accustomed needs of the community and the organization. We
therefore highly recommend him for future opportunities in an organization/
Should you ever need any additional information regarding his stay with us,
do not hesitate to contact me through indicated address.
Manager for Mara Siana Conservancy
P.O Box 724
I will respond as promptly as possible
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All photographs where taken by Giancarlo Velmarch