Marsel van Oosten: how death metal helps my wildlife photography

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‘Eternal adversaries’, Japan. From ‘Mother: A Tribute To Mother Earth’ by Marsel van Oosten (Image credit: © 2021 Marsel van Oosten)

Marsel van Oosten’s 15-year photographic career has been filled with many highlights, with expeditions from Namibia to Norway to Yemen, creatively capturing the natural world, from golden snub-nosed monkeys, lions and polar bears to rock formations and dragon blood trees. 

Along the way, he’s become the world’s only nature photographer to win the ‘Grand Slam’: the grand titles for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, International Nature Photographer of the Year and Travel Photographer of the Year. “It flew by,” he reflects.

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Graeme Green is a British travel photographer, journalist and travel writer, whose work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Wanderlust, National Geographic, South China Morning Post and others. For more, see . Follow him on Instagram at