Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

November 7, 2011

What a fantastic day!

Filed under: 2011,November — Hennie van Heerden @ 3:30 pm

It took nearly a year of preparations with its peak in the last few months, but boy, was it worth it!! Last saturday we held the VNF 25th anniversary jubileum Photo Festival in the “Hanzehof” in Zutphen. It was fantastic!! The quality level of the presentations shown was exceptionally high, which makes me even more proud to be part of the VNF. Super presentations of David Pattyn, Karel Tomeï, Gertjan Straalman and Jari Peltomäki but also suberp presentations of our own VNF members like, Jan Vermeer, Wim Weenink, Jan Huttinga and many others! It was hugely inspiring and although I saw most of the presentations from the side of the stage, the pictures shown were mindblowing. I felt really privileged to be hosting this day.

Picture to the right is a phone photo taken by my sister in law of me, opening the festival.

 Let there be lightThe festival was featured on the TV Gelderland news bulletin and they shot footage at the festival. But they also wanted to show ‘the passionate photographer’ at work :-). So they asked me if they could come the next day and shoot at my place. Well, of course they could but when I rolled out of bed the next morning after all the excitement and adrenaline had worn out, the mirror told me that it was probably not such a good idea 🙂 Anyway, they came and I took them to two places where I took some of my favorite pictures; the roe deer in the forest and a Kingfisher I shot a few weeks ago. It was great fun!! Later also TV Oost took over the feature so the clip was also broadcasted on monday.

I think we can all look back to a fantastic festival and by the sounds of the feedback we received from visitors we can be very proud of ourselves!



  1. Nice capture (of you opening the festival) :).
    It was indeed fantastic, I really regret it that I couldn’t stay for the whole festival.

    Comment by J. — November 9, 2011 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Henny,

    It was truly inspiring to see all those magnificent pictures!
    I enjoyed the presentations and thanks again for the comments in my book.


    Comment by Patrick Kuyper — November 9, 2011 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

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