Photographer Gerhard Hüdepohl at work in the Atacama desert, Chile

Gerhard Hüdepohl was born in Germany in 1957.
He has come to photography at an early age and what used to be a hobby has – over the years – turned into a serious occupation which by now absorbs an important share of his time.

The electronic engineer has been living in Chile since 1997 where he worked for over 23 years at the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on Cerro Paranal.

He is particularly fascinated by nature, especially pristine and unknown landscapes along with their flora and fauna. Besides Antarctica, Patagonia and the Amazon basin a focal point of his photographic work is the Atacama desert.

For regular updates of his activities check out his Instagram account @atacamaphoto and the news blog.

His photos have been published worldwide in books, magazines including National Geographic, documentaries, exhibitions and calendars.
In 2010 the European Southern Observatory nominated him “ESO Photo Ambassador”.
2018: PSA Bronze Medal at the 85th Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography.
2019: Finalist of Outdoor Photographer Magazine wildlife photography contest.

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