Meet Carlos Naval: The 9 Year Old Prodigy Recently Crowned Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Nov 3, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

Meet Carlos Naval: The 9 Year Old Prodigy Recently Crowned Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Nov 3, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

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Stinger In The Sun; photo by Carlos Perez Naval

A nine year old boy from Spain took the top honors in the youth division of the 2014 Natural History Museum and BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this year.  Carlos Perez Naval, stole the show when his exceptional photo, “Stinger In The Sun” not only earned the young photographer a 1st place finish in the 10 and under division, but also garnered him the prestigious title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, for which he handily edged out photographers nearly twice his age.

Some of Carlos’ photos are taken during his extensive travels with his parents, Eva Navel & Rodrigo Pérez and it’s apparent that his love of photography is with him wherever he goes. When he isn’t in search of tigers in India or black bears in western parts of the United States, Carlos is able to find plenty of inspiration right in his own backyard.

Carlos also appears to have one of the key ingredients it takes to be a wildlife photographer: fearlessness. Browsing through the images on his website, we’re treated to behind the scenes shots of Carlos diligently snapping photos of bears, tigers, snakes, and a plethora of other wildlife which are sometimes just meters away.

Take a look at a sample of his work below, then be sure to head over to his website to learn more about the gifted young man.

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Photo by Carlos Perez Naval
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Photo by Carlos Perez Naval
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Photo by Carlos Perez Naval
Photo by Carlos Perez Naval
Photo by Carlos Perez Naval
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The photographer at work. (Photo courtesy of Eva Naval and Rodrigo Pérez)
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Photo by Carlos Perez Naval
Photo by Carlos Perez Naval
Photo by Carlos Perez Naval
Carlos photographing tigers in India. (Photo courtesy of Eva Naval and Rodrigo Pérez)
Carlos photographing tigers in India. (Photo courtesy of Eva Naval and Rodrigo Pérez)

And in case you wondering what kind of gear was used in the winning image, Carlos, who has been photographing since he was 5 years old, called on his Nikon D300 with an 28–300mm lens at 105 mm. His exposure settings were 1/320 second at f10 with an ISO of 320.

[Carlos Perez Naval via BoredPanda]

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26 responses to “Meet Carlos Naval: The 9 Year Old Prodigy Recently Crowned Wildlife Photographer Of The Year”

  1. Craig Hudson Avatar
    Craig Hudson

    Pretty awesome he’s using a D300

  2. Sam Avatar
    Sam

    So, no fancy gear and only 9 yo….
    Damn!

    1. David H Avatar
      David H

      The gear isn’t exactly the cheapest one can get. It certainly helped.

  3. Stacy Kenyon Avatar
    Stacy Kenyon

    Very promising future :)

    1. Tiffany Mueller Avatar
      Tiffany Mueller

      Bright, indeed!

      1. mazzajh@gmail.com Avatar
        mazzajh@gmail.com

        So very talented so very inspirational. Well done!

  4. Jjorge Tomé Avatar
    Jjorge Tomé

    fantastico

  5. Z Avatar
    Z

    Case in point – gear is secondary… Bravo kid!

  6. Najib Saer Avatar
    Najib Saer

    Clearly camera specs and age mean nothing. Thumbs up.

  7. Pamela Gamblin Patterson Avatar
    Pamela Gamblin Patterson

    It’s not the equipment you use. It is how you use it. Amazing love the pictures.

    1. Eric O'Brien Avatar
      Eric O’Brien

      It’s partly the equipment you use. The kid can have a great eye, but if he was using a point-and-shoot the finished product would be quite different.

    2. Pamela Gamblin Patterson Avatar
      Pamela Gamblin Patterson

      True

  8. Anthony Mehlhaff Avatar
    Anthony Mehlhaff

    Fuck this kid

    1. Norman Fox Avatar
      Norman Fox

      Someone should steal his Dads camera and take a picture of the kid crying.

  9. Jennifer Belgarde-Simpson Avatar
    Jennifer Belgarde-Simpson

    It’s always great to see young kids getting interested in photography.

  10. Don Worthington Avatar
    Don Worthington

    Bailey Worthington

  11. Eric O'Brien Avatar
    Eric O’Brien

    How does a 9 year old swing $2800 in photo equipment? Am I jealous? Hell yeah, wish I could get my hands on that level gear.

  12. Meg Mao Avatar
    Meg Mao

    Wow

  13. Markku Kajava Avatar
    Markku Kajava

    P for Professional…

  14. RoboC Avatar
    RoboC

    The equipment sure makes a difference!

  15. Rossignol Avatar
    Rossignol

    Who does his retouching

  16. Jake Medenyak Avatar
    Jake Medenyak

    Kerrin Medenyak Look at this kid

  17. Joyce Dirkzwager-van Slee Avatar
    Joyce Dirkzwager-van Slee

    What a magnificent vision and sense of perspective this 9 year old has, as at 20 yrs finally the brain has grown in its full potential as far as cognitive functioning is concerned. I hope he will nurture his extraordinary talent.

  18. Silverstream Avatar
    Silverstream

    One of the reasons I enjoy working with people is so much is dependent on me and my expertise. Not only often controlling lights, but position, posing, expression and action. Nature photography seems to be about patience and location. Basically just a spectator snapping an image. It does not surprise me that a 9yr old wins in this genre.

    1. Renlish Avatar
      Renlish

      LMAO. Are you done with your pissing contest between yourself and a nine year-old yet?

  19. Solomon Walker Avatar
    Solomon Walker

    very wonderful to see this young photographer making amazing images