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Rene Van Echelpoel, EPSA

 Rene Van Echelpoel was born 1954 in Retie, Belgium. As a nature photographer he is a member of the Austrian " Fotoklub Leonding " Ever since his youth, he has a special admiration for all aspects of nature. Rene is particularly interested in photographic techniques to capture his personal nature experience as detailed as possible. The emptiness, the silence, the greatness but above all the beauty of nature has continued to fascinate him up to this day. As his interest in nature expands to all nature facets, he wants to improve his technique to capture all that splendor and give it more and more shape. Many years of spending countless hours of leisure, observation in forests and fields and lots of patience, have been translated into a large collection of nature shots, in short, a real life work. Rene regularly participates in worldwide organized international nature photography com- petitions. It is a real passion and he hopes to continue for many years. In 2013, he received the PPSA distinction, as well in 2021 the EPSA distinction, by the Photographic Society of America. In 2018, he received the Austrian distinction MVOAV Blau mit goldenen Ehrennadel by the Verband Osterreichischer Amateurfotografen Vereine. As a absolute highlight in his career, in 2016 he became a laureate of the prestigious cultural prize of his municipality Oud-Turnhout, Belgium, for his entire oeuvre of natural images and his many years of service in the field of nature photography.