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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Croatian Nenad Saljic Wins National Geographic Photo Contest

I read about this the other day at some of the Croatian news portals, quite an honour and prestigious award to have in your photographers portfolio. Then this morning it showed up on my MSN page when starting up the computer, and found this photo is being blogged and talked about on photographic sites all over place, so I decided I better add this here. I have some amateur photography background, so I'm sort of into this stuff. The black and white image really works, shows the contrast very well.  You can tell he didn't use an extemely long exposure either, because the stars are still static, as in not showing that shooting star effect. He probably put it on a tripod securely, probably a red filter and gave it, oh..15 minutes, maybe even just 5 minutes......ish.whatever.  (Probably a few other personal photography know-how tricks)  In the end Nenad Saljic got himself an prestigious award winning photograph. Not too shabby. His personal website is

(Note -  If youre into amazing nature photographs, especially involving lightning, you'll probably want to check out a previous post HERE


The Matterhorn 4478 m at full moon.
Location: Zermatt, Switzerland 

Born Croatia, 1961  Nenad fell in love with photography and mountaineering simultaneously when he was introduced to both by his math teacher at the age of 12. He spent almost every weekend taking photographs during hiking or caving trips until his late twenties.

 He was almost expelled from school because of spending too many hours in the darkroom. He applied to  study photography in Zagreb or Belgrade, however was not accepted because of very small quotas (only six students per year were admitted).

His career path changed dramatically when he opted for economics and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Split in Croatia where he became professor  in The Faculty of Economics. He was founder and director of several Croatian and international companies dealing with aquaculture, computer software and hardware production and business consulting.

 Being an active speleophotographer for fifteen years, Certified Caving Instructor and Mountain Rescuer has given Nenad the opportunity to create imagery in places that are accessible to a very few artists.


Worldwide Photography Biennial Exhibition, The Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012

Uncanny: Surreal Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, USA, 2011/12

pdn + PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, World in Focus Gallery, New York, 2011

Four Corners of the Earth, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct. Vermont, USA, 2011

 AOP - Association of Photographers Open Exhibition, The Dray Walk Gallery, London, 2011

 International Juried Photography Exhibition, 12 12

Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, USA, 2011

 Natural Playground, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct. Vermont, USA, 2011

Retrospective Exhibition 100 Authors Through 100 Years of Fotoklub „Split“, Split, Croatia, 2011

 RoHo Photo Gallery, Cincinnati, USA, 2010

 AOP - Association of Photographers Open Exhibition, The AOP Gallery, London, 2010

 "Nepal and the Himalayas", Gallery of Photo Club “Split”, Split, Croatia, 2009

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