The 13-Year-Old Award-Winning Wildlife Photographer

Since age seven, Josiah Launstein has been developing his photographic skill and style. Perhaps good parenting resulted in this child prodigy's success — it certainly helps to have a father who is a photographer — or maybe it was luck that led him to find what he's passionate about at an early age. Either way, this young Alberta native proves the saying, "age is just a number," to be true. 

Many photographers tirelessly spend their entire lives aspiring to win the awards this 13 year old has received. At age 10, Launstein became the youngest photographer ever to win the Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year award, with his black and white image of two battling Bighorn Sheep. In 2014, Launstein had six of seven submitted images selected as finalists in the NHM/BBC Wildlife Photography of the year competition. This year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition recognized Launstein for his photograph, "Raindrops." The image will be on display in the Natural History Museum. It will also tour the globe with the traveling exhibition. 

“My best advice for anyone getting into photography would be just to photograph what you love,” said Launstein. “It shows in the pictures.”

For a better understanding of what makes this young photographer tick, be sure to watch the video above.

[via CBC Arts]

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11 Comments

Stephen Holmes's picture

A remarkable young man with a perspective and portfolio to die for - good for him!

Tim Behuniak's picture

I agree!! I'm excited to see where he is in his twenties or thirties!!

Christian Berens's picture

wow very impressive

Mike Yamin's picture

Excellent work! Great processing on those shots by the way... very natural and he shows restraint where someone else might've gone overboard.

Tim Behuniak's picture

I totally agree. I think it's difficult to stray from going overboard, unless that ends up being one's style!

John Belknap's picture

Top notch work!!!

Tim Behuniak's picture

Definitely!! Excited to see what the future has in store for him!

Ian Smith's picture

How exciting! I love a good story like this.

Leif Egil Hegdal's picture

He has amazing work and access to some amazing wildlife!
Remarkable work

Tim Behuniak's picture

I totally agree! It always helps to live in a beautiful place!