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Kiko Arcas (Spain)

I am a photographer from Vigo and a bird enthusiast for more than twenty years, many of which I have spent as a scientific bander, collaborating in ornithology courses with the University of Vigo. I have also done various scientific works on the ecology of species like the common sandpiper or the red-backed shrike, all of this together with my brother José Arcas, doctor in Biology and a nature artist. My photographs have been published in different books and publications, such as El Rio de la Vida, Fotografiando Aves, Ptaki Otop, Visión Salvaje and Guía de las Especies Marinas de Canarias, among others. I am currently a contributing photographer to the prestigious nature documentary producer NaturaHD Films. I also work with FUJIFILM España, giving presentations all around Spain, such as at the Delta Birding Festival, Urdaibai Bird Center and the International Ornithological Tourism Trade Fair in Extremadura, among others. Awards: Some photography awards in prestigious national and international competitions: Montbarbat 2003 and 2005. Finalist and fourth prize, respectively.
Ateneo Ferrolán 2008. First prize.
Parque Nacional Islas Cies 2009.
First prize. BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010. Finalist.
Montphoto 2011. Second prize.
Glanzlichter 2011. Honorable mention.
Narava 2012. Finalist.
Festival de l’Oiseau et de la Nature 2015. Finalist.

TESTIMONIAL

A year ago, when Fujifilm España asked me to make the change over to mirrorless cameras, I contemplated it as a big personal challenge. Not only because I have been using reflex equipment for more than 20 years now, but also because everything that goes along with it: a new system, electronic viewfinder, smaller equipment, and so on. After this year, this challenge has turned into satisfaction, comfort and guaranteed success to tackle any job. The qualitative (and let it be said, quantitative) leap has been more than remarkable. I improved in terms of quality, but also I lightened the weight of my equipment by a few kilos, which is really important in nature photography, because we spend a lot of hours with backpacks on our backs. It has been a year in which I was able to try the X-T2 and X-H1 bodies, as well as the excellent and famous FUJINON lenses. All this was under the most challenging conditions in the field and different weather conditions, which have led to my unwavering conviction to use FUJIFILM equipment. As a photographer of nature, and especially birds, I use the X-H1. It’s a camera that provides me great ruggedness, grip and quality, which combined with the XF100-400mm zoom lens, guarantees unbeatable image quality. In addition to the X-H1 body, in my work, I also use the X-T2, which is small and easy to handle, together with FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8, XF14mmF2.8, XF10-24mmF4, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 lenses, and of course, the new XF80mmF2.8 macro lens, which offers a unequaled sharpness.

GALLERIES