In any case, 2015 was a very exciting year with many great weddings at home and abroad. of course, i also went to the seychelles again. i was there three times in 2015 - and if i hadn't always been "packed" with wedding photo assignments here in germany almost every weekend long in advance, i would probably have gotten on the plane even more often to Weddings in the Seychelles to take pictures.
For example, the wedding of Christian Tewsthe RTL-"Bachelor" He got married at the end of May on the main island of Mahé and his fiancée Claudia asked me if I would like to do the planned Dream wedding in the Seychelles But it was simply not feasible because my weekends were filled with weddings in my German homeland - and so the "Bachelor" without which "Photographer." get along.
At the beginning of July 2015 I returned to Germany from my 15th Seychelles trip - but I was not alone: My dear friend Robert "Sunny" Agnes, probably the most famous tour guide of the Seychelles (see La Digue Tour Guide), begleitete mich nach Hause an den schönen Niederrhein. Idealerweise hatten wir uns die absolute Hochphase des heißesten deutschen Sommers aller Zeiten ausgesucht und so musste Robert sich temperaturmäßig gar nicht umstellen, als er hier direkt am ersten Abend mit mir im Biergarten landete und am zweiten Abend auf einer richtigen Dorfschützenfest-Sause! Robert konnte es gar nicht fassen, dass man hier sogar auf den Tischen tanzen darf! Und er war fassunglos, wie schnell doch die Kellnerin im Biergarten unser Bier brachte, ganz alleine in Windeseile die 15 anderen Tische bediente und auch wieder abräumte. Auf den Seychellen benötigen hierfür drei Kellnerinnen mehrere Stunden… 😉
The next day my friend Alex invited us to check in for a few moments in the freezer of his EDEKA market. -20 degrees Celsius bekam “Sunny” dann mal einen ersten groben Eindruck davon, wie sich dieses “Winter” anfühlen muss. Auf den angebotenen Besuch in der Skihalle in Neuss verzichtete er anschließend dankend… 😉
The following day we went to the annual meeting of the Seychelles Forum (Seychelles Forum) to Düsseldorf - and during the following stroll through the old town of Düsseldorf, you could see "Sunny" absorbing all these new impressions. By the way: The next meeting of the Seychelles Forum in Düsseldorf will take place on Saturday, 30.07.2016 from about 14 o'clock on! new faces are very welcome! for further information about the meeting just send me a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org !
In addition to two "honeymoons" to the Seychelles, another trip to the Seychelles was on the agenda at the beginning of December: The "Seychelles Tourism Board" asked me if I had the time and inclination to take part in a larger press trip to the Seychelles and document this trip.
A large part of this highly interesting journey through the Seychelles, in which thirteen German journalists (among others from the ARD) took part to report about the Seychelles, took place on a large catamaran. It was really great to discover the Seychelles from the water and to "hop" from island to island!
The second night, for example, we anchored just off the coast of Curieuse and i spent the wonderfully balmy night up on the catamaran under the open sky. no light source far and wide, no cloud in the sky, almost no wind. not even a rudimentary description of this phenomenal starry sky. it was simply incredible!
Only three days later, on the main island of Mahé, there was a meeting with Alain St. AngeHe's an incredibly down-to-earth guy who seems to lack any "political celebrity airs." One of the things I mentioned to him was that La Digues petite anse parasols have been rented out for a few weeks now - a circumstance that probably every true Seychelles lover would consider a "medium catastrophe". the very next day, the rental of parasols was stopped. for a nation with just 90,000 inhabitants (the population of the entire Seychelles is therefore almost exactly the same as that of the small town of Flensburg), the distances are fortunately mostly short.
Further "Seychelles highlights" of the soon ending year 2015: In autumn there were Facebook a big photo contest on the theme "i love seychelles". through many thousands of entries from all over the world, the jury had to choose the best pictures, which then went on to the "weekly finals". from the weekly finalists, the facebook users chose their favorites - and the ten best pictures (two of them were mine!) went on to the big contest final, in which facebook users were called upon to choose their favorite. the main prize was a Round trip to Seychelles with Air Seychelles zu gewinnen – und nun ratet mal, welcher Hochzeitsfotograf vom Niederrhein diesen Hauptpreis abgeräumt hat? 😀 😀 😀
Further gratifying "awards" of the year 2015: Also in the photocommunity gab es einen Fotowettbewerb – hier zum Thema “Die besten Storys zum Bild”. Auch hier erzielte ich den 1. Platz! 😀 Der Link zum Bild und zur Story: 1st place in the fotocommunity
The "Viajes"the Spanish travel magazine of "National Geographic"published two of my Seychelles photos; the cover photo of the current "Travel and fares" (with a ten-page Seychelles Special!) I also shot - and everywhere in the Seychelles you can now see photographs of me, which are printed and distributed by the Seychelles Tourism Board. Our son Tom will surely be quite astonished when we travel to the Seychelles in February and he and Esmeralda - the giant land turtle living on Bird Island, which even made it into the "Guinness Book of Records" because of its size and weight - discovered on the large poster hanging in numerous places on the islands.
Ich gehe davon aus, dass 2016 ein mindestens genau so spannendes Jahr werden wird wie 2015 und werde Euch auch zum Jahresende 2016 hoffentlich wieder mit einem Jahresrückblick nerven können… 😉