Hello, my name is Carlos Vermeersch, a senior biology student of Spanish and Belgian descent. I'm a wildlife and travel photographer based in the Canary Islands (Spain) and a scientific illustrator accredited by the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (MNH) in Tenerife, through a course imparted by biologist and scientific illustrator Sergio Hernández Bello.
Since July 2016 I've been working for the Canaryfly airline magazine as a writer and photographer for which I write monthly articles about Canarian wildlife, called "Wild Canaries". These articles are translated into English and included in my Blog. My photography is also used in the Banco de Datos de Biodiversidad de Canarias (BDBC) (a special thank-you to Mª Nieves Zurita Pérez), a database that collects information of all the known native flora and fauna of the Canary Islands, amounting to 22,000 species and subspecies.
I was born in 1993 on Tenerife (Spain), but when I was three years old my family and I moved to northern Belgium. Almost ten years later, we decided to return to the Canary Islands. For a shorter period of time I've also lived in the Balearic Islands and Morocco. Right now I live in La Laguna on my birth island.
My passion for photography started at a young age, when in a trip to Holland I tried to photograph birds of prey with a point-and-shoot camera, which obviously turned out to be quite difficult with this type of camera. Over the years, I’ve been improving my equipment as well as my skills as a self-taught photographer.
English evolutionary biologist and ethologist Richard Dawkins and me at the Starmus Festival, where I had the pleasure to meet him.
Even though I’ve always been fascinated by history, my favorite category is wildlife. My main goal is to use photography as an essential tool for the study of animals in their natural environment. I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
A 16-year-old me with one of the Nile monitors I caught barehanded in a village in Senegal, to release it in the nearby Delta du Saloum National Park.
In the recent past I took two courses of taxidermy and I mounted several birds which are now part of the University's collection. My last piece, so far, was a Kestrel.