Originally from France, Virgil was born on September 26th 1988
He grew up in a small town between Lyon and Switzerland, and left France in may 2011 to explore the world, and discover his passions for the great outdoors and photography.

Virgil discovered completely diverse environments which helped him working on his photo compositions & technics , and becoming a full time outdoor guide in April 2016.

His travels helped him to find his tastes and led him to some enriching experiences. He started guiding tourists and friends for the first time as a passion in 2011, when he discovered the incredible Daintree rainforest in Queensland - Australia. He felt the need to learn the fauna, the flora, and realized how much he felt in love with this place.

After building connections though-out the world during few more backpacking years, he began cumulating guiding experiences from 2016 as he led 4WD Jeep safaris in Southern Greece. After that, he decided to test challenging environments the following winters, guiding snowmobile trips in Finland - Lapland, on Icelandic glaciers, and finally in Svalbard.
He has now been teaching and photographing the Northern Lights in the Arctic regions for couple of years and it quickly escalated as his main focus.
During these last summers, he gained knowledge and confidence by guiding white water rafting trips on Icelandic glacial waters, and Norwegian rivers. In 2020, He spent his first summer as a nature guide and sea kayak guide in Spitsbergen - Svalbard.

In between seasons, his main idea is to travel the world. With a quick stop at home to hug family & childhood friends, he rapidly escapes and changes climate, to find sun & heat, taste some different cultures, and fill up his photography portfolio with new destinations on a ''To Visit'' list that keeps on growing every year.

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Virgil concentrate mainly on Landscape and Night Photography as It has always been a way to express his feelings and emotions linked to a place, to a friend or a special moment.

Patience and creativity is all you need.
Virgil believe in self teaching, as he has never taken any photography course or lesson.
This huge passion pushes him everyday and night to improve and became now part of his everyday life. 

The photos you find in his gallery are the result of thousands of hours spent outside under snowstorm, strong winds, heavy heat, freezing cold temperatures, long drives, great hikes, early mornings, late evenings, and tremendous amount of time spent waiting and facing nature without knowing what will come.
That's what keeps him in love with Landscape and Night Photography;
The No Control aspect of it.


AWARDS

NOVEMBER 2019
WINNER OF THE KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL 2019 PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION PRESENTED BY HEART OF THE LAKES IN UK
WORLD-RENOWNED 'KENDAL AWARD'
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PUBLICATIONS

Published late January 2020 in Ársrit Íslenska AlpaklĂșbbsins 2019.
-The Annual magazine of the Icelandic Alpine club - cornerstone of the alpine and climbing community in Iceland since the 70's.

Winner of ISALP Photography Competition - Category "MannlĂ­f ĂĄ fjöllum" - Human Life in the Mountains with the capture  "Eternal"

Second place at ISALP Photography Competition- Category "Klifur" (Climbing)
with the capture  "Rise from the deep"
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Since May 2011, his travels have lead him to many different locations.

GERMANY; SPAIN; LITHUANIA ; UK
SWITZERLAND; CZECH REPUBLIC;  AUSTRIA
SLOVAKIA; HUNGARY; POLAND; ESTONIA
ITALY; HOLLAND; BELGIUM; CROATIA; GREECE; DENMARK
IRELAND; BASQUE COUNTRY - SPAIN

LAPLAND - FINLAND
SOUTHERN & NORTHERN NORWAY;  NORDKAPP  
SVALBARD
ICELAND 

AUSTRALIA; NEW ZEALAND

SINGAPORE
MALAYSIA; THAILAND; JAPAN
PHILIPPINES; BALI; INDIA 
NEPAL; MYANMAR; SRI LANKA

MOROCCO; MADAGASCAR

USA - CALIFORNIA - UTAH - ARIZONA


HIS GEARS

SONY A7RII - 42.4MP
Laowa 15mm Wide angle F/2.0 - MF - 0 Distortion
Tamron 28 - 200mm  F/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD

ND Filter Tyffen 3 stops
CPL Filtre - 72mm - MRC16 - from Breakthrough 
67-72 Step-UP Ring ADAPTER

Purchased and equipped with 
JAPAN PHOTO CEWE

https://www.japanphoto.no/

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