I’m proud and honoured to announce that my photograph of exposed tree roots in the Moduli region of Western Tanzania has been nominated for this year’s Science Photographer of the Year at London’s Science Museum, in conjunction with the Royal Photographic Society.
This image would not have been of such high-quality, were not for the fact that I had the chance to use one of the SIGMA | Art lenses. I’m particularly proud to have been chosen to be a SIGMA UK Collaborator or ‘Flag-Bearer’ of SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art lens – which never ceases to amaze me.
This image also featured in an extensive story for the Guardian, published in their environmental section – highlighting soil erosion in the Rift Valley. Guardian article: Soil erosion in Tanzania
Following this, the same image was chosen for the front cover of the United Nations FAO publication of this year highlighting the same topic of soil erosion. It was also used within the exhibition to accompany their Global Symposium on Soil Erosion at United Nations FAO Headquarters in Rome.
This reinforces my belief that the new range of SIGMA | Art lenses are particularly powerful for the kind of work of which I’m involved. I have found them to be particularly robust, precise and exacting. And very importantly, they seem to have minimal aberration towards the extremes of the frame: a very important factor – especially with wide-angle lenses – with which I’ve shot so far. And especially this successful image…
I was presented with this distressing scene while working on a scientific expedition in the Moduli region of western Tanzania. My colleagues are soil science researchers and we’re working to help the Maasai to overcome the extremes of soil degradation on their land – which has intensified immensely over the last 10 years.
It had been a long day – and a scorching late afternoon, But in the distance – I could see the dependable afternoon rains, dark and foreboding, and coming at alarming speed across the plains – approaching me from the distant mountain range.
The light wasn’t ideal and I was cramped into an awkward space with the gulley – with the need to capture this image and the destroyed landscape around it. Before the torrential rain threatened to destroy my camera equipment.
What I needed was a high quality, very wide-angle lens – and FAST! Thankfully my camera bag held exactly the lens I needed: the SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art lens for which I’d been lent as a SIGMA collaborator for this trip.
Looking forward toward to my next UK-based assignment, I’m particularly excited to be able to use the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens. I’ve read so many glowing reviews about this lens – and I really want a special quality to the portrait that I need to capture of a rising star in the important world of science.