Photographer and Videographer

Thorsten Milse

Thorsten Milse is a world-renowned wildlife photographer with a particular focus on endangered species and wildlife conservation. With his work he aims to contribute to the protection of our planet and its incredible animal residents.

He has received countless awards, such as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Grand Prize at the American Nature Photo Competition Nature’s Best and Best Reportage Photograph of the year, to name just a few.

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Milse has travelled to many regions in every corner of the world where he photographed some of the most colourful and iconic species in their natural habitat.

His love for these magnificent, beautiful, charismatic, and last of their kind animals is what drives his photographic passion to capture these endangered species. His strong focus on conservation, lead him to collaborations with some of the world’s leading conservation organizations. The projects he supports include the Tiger protection project, the Global Arctic program and the Snow Leopard Protection in Mongolia in collaboration with the WWF, as well as the Turtles and Ring-tailed lemur (LemurLove) projects in the Amazon Jungle and Madagascar.

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Thorsten Milse berichtet regelmäßig über seine Expeditionen, Ausstellungen, Equipment Tests und Veröffentlichungen.

Der mystische dunkle Fluss der sich durch die Mitte Afrikas zieht

Der Congo ist eigentlich der mystische dunkle Fluss der sich durch die Mitte Afrikas zieht. Aber Mythen und Geschichten haben …

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Madagascar, die vergessene Insel im indischen Ozean

Madagascar, die vergessene Insel im indischen Ozean ist nicht nur sehr arm, sondern der Primärwald ist zu 89% verschwunden. Die …

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Kenya – Im Land des afrikanischen Elefanten

Eine fotografische Reise zu den den größten Landsäugetieren der Welt; dem afrikanischen Elefanten. Die Population im Amboseli und Tsavo National …

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Milse’s work has already been exhibited all over Germany as well as in Moscow, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, and the USA. You can find a full list of exhibitions, projects, and publications below:

  • Photo/Film expedition Madagascar 2022
  • Photo/Film expedition Borneo 2022
  • Photo/Film expedition Congo 2022
  • Magazin Ranger Rick Kangaroos
  • Photo/Film expedition Patagonien 2022
  • 17.09.21 – Mai 2022 Exhibition – All-Weather Zoo Muenster „SURVIVOR-Bedrohte Arten“
  • „SURVIVOR-Bedrohte Arten“ coffee-table book with WWF – order here, making of book: here
  • Photo/Film expedition Madagascar
  • Exhibition is open now „SURVIVOR-Bedrohte Arten“
    movie exhibition: here
  • Photo/Film expedition Namibia/Skeleton Coast
  • Preview April 2021„SURVIVOR-Bedrohte Arten“ – Open Art exhibition Hamburg, WWF & Canon
  • Making-of Open-Art Print „SURVIVOR-Bedrohte Arten“
    Canon-imagePROGRAF, movie here
  • Russian Geographical Society Jury Photo Contest: here – „The most beautiful country“
  • Project „SURVIVOR“ -Bedrohte Arten- Interview here
  • Photo/Film expedition Project „SURVIVOR“ Amboseli/Tsavo NP Kenya
  • Photo/Film expedition Project „SURVIVOR“ Mahale Mountains NP
  • Photo/Film expedition Project „SURVIVOR“ Serengeti
  • Photo/Film expedition Project „SURVIVOR“ Greenland
  • Photo/Film expedition Project „SURVIVOR“ Alps
  • Fotoworkshop Tierfotografie
  • Canon Fotoworkshop Tierfotografie Termin 29-30.8.2020
  • Canon Fotoworkshop Tierfotografie Internationalen Naturfototagen
  • Canon ’s new ultimate model Project „SURVIVOR“ EOS-1D X Mark III some experience: here
  • Terra Mater Magazin Schneeleopard Story
  • Canon Education Storytelling Grafische in Vienna
  • Canon Stavanger Norway Foto Messe presentation „Madagascar“
  • Canon Academy Workshop Meer auf Helgoland
  • Canon Academy Workshop Alpen am Großglockner
  • Photo/Film expedition Project „SURVIVOR“ to Brazil/Pantanal
  • Canon Education Storytelling Photo & Medienforum Kiel
  • Photo/Film expedition Project „SURVIVOR“ Kamtschatka/Russia
  • Canon Tier-Fotoworkshop with fstopgear-Wildbark Poing
  • Fürstenfelder Naturfototage
  • Vortrag „Wildes Südamerika“ Fürstenfelder Naturfototage
  • Canon Tier-Fotoworkshop Fürstenfelder Naturfototage
  • Canon Education Storytelling Beuth-University Berlin
  • Botswana Photo/Film Expedition Project „SURVIVOR“ Okavango Delta
  • Congo Photo/Film Expedition Project „SURVIVOR“ Mountain gorilla-Chimpanzee
  • Canon Nordic presentation Madagascar Scandinavian Photo Oslo
  • Magazin Canon Foto – review new telephoto lens Canon EF600mm f/4L IS USM III
  • New book „WILD ANIMAL PORTRAITS“, order: here
  • fstop Behind the camera, Madagascar here
  • Canon DACH Education Students-Gestalterei Berlin „Canon Pro Print 1000 Story“
  • Canon DACH Education Students-Gestalterei Berlin „Story wildlife“
  • Wizje Natury Festival Canon Poland presentation „Madagascar“ and „EOS R“
  • Canon DACH Education FHM students seminar „Story wildlife“
  • Photokina Presentation by Canon Ambassador Spotlight stage
  • Photokina Presentation Canon CPS Lounge „MADAGASCAR“ & EPIC ALPS“
  • Photokina 2018 Presentation by Eizo „MADAGASKAR“
  • Sachtler launch the new tripod flowtech 100 world fastest legs my work on Madagascar movie
  • First touch with Canon’s new 600er, Playground EPIC ALPS, more on Photokina
  • Exhibition Eye On The Tiger London UK
  • Madagascar Photo/Film Expedition Conservation
  • Nature Festival FFB Canon Wildlife Workshop
  • Canon DACH Education program. Headquarter Krefeld „Fotocommunity“
  • Canon DACH Education program. Zentrum für Bildung Zürich/Switzerland
  • Madagascar Photo/Film Expedition Vitec/Sachtler campaign Rainforest
  • German TV WDR portrait wildlifephotographer Thorsten Milse, movie
  • Foto Ausstellung POLARWELTEN im Restaurant & Hotel Westhoff
  • POLARWELTEN Fotoausstellung
  • Adobe Stock Advocacy Program
  • CANON Fotowettbewerb c/o Kenya Tourism Board Winners Photo Safari Masai Mara
  • Canon 4K Seminare Photo+Adventure Duisburg Einblicke aus Südamerika
  • Canon AF Performance Workshop/Seminar KV Baden Education Institute
  • Canon-Diamir Fotoworkshop Helgoland April
  • CANON Fotowettbewerb c/o Kenya Tourism Board Masai Mara Fotoreise
  • Fotoreise Congo Berggorillas & Schimpansen & Goldmeerkatzen
  • Fotoreise MASAI MARA Schwerpunkt Raubkatzen
  • Canon AF Performance Workshop/Seminar KV Baden
  • Foto-Winterreise JAPAN Riesenseeadler, Singschwan, Mandschurenkranich und Schneeaffe
  • Digital Event Baden/Swiss Canon 4K presentation „Magic Moments“ in South America
  • Canon AF Performance Workshop/Seminar KV Baden
  • „Photokina 2016“ presentation special large format hdbook „LIVING PLANET“
  • „Photokina 2016“ presentation NEW Quick Color Match EIZO Color Edge & Canon PRO Printer
  • „Photokina 2016“ SACHTLER presentation „MAGIC MOMENTS“
  • „Canon Workshop June“ Austria/Grossglockner Marmot & Ibex
  • „GEO magazine“ The Ghost of the mountain Snow Leopard/WWF Project
  • „Nature in Focus“ Canon Fotoworkshop FFB Naturfototage
  • „DIAMIR Fotoreise“ Canon Fotoworkshop Helgoland
  • „Snow Leopard“ Photostory Terre Sauvage
  • Amazon Adventure„making of in the jungle“
    1. catch the wild
    2. share the wild
    3. focus on wildlife
  • „Foto Workshop“ Murmeltiere am Grossglockner
  • Sachtler tripods, fluid heads Amazon jungle Sachtler
  • „Amazon jungle case“ for drone & beetle cam Pelicase 1610, infos here
  • Feature about my office work Professional Photography
  • Exhibition National Museum
  • USA-Washington/Nature’s Best 20 years of winning photographs
  • Photo + Adventure in Vienna/Austria
  • Canon Austria: Photo/4k movie „South America“ Seminars and Presentations WWF Conservation Project Mongolia/Snow Leopard, Thorsten Milse/WWF, infos here
  • Presentation photo/4k video Sachtler/Vitec Group Birdfair UK Rutland, support by: Canon, Phototrip Canon EOS 5DS Spain/Gibraltar
  • Toshiba Memory Cards + Sachtler, making of movie: here
  • „Glanzlichter 2015“ Photo competition jury: Mara Fuhrmann, S.Friedhuber, Thorsten Milse
  • Canon Tierfotografie Foto-Workshop FFB
  • Toshiba Cards + Sachtler Tripod Phototrip Andalusia New Canon EOS 5DS
  • Foto-Video Workshop Helgoland DIAMIR und Canon
  • Africa Kenya Phototour DIAMIR Canon Amboseli Elephants
  • National Wildlife Ranger Rick presents: Kangaroos
  • GEO online presents „Little Polar bears“
  • Sachtler Case study Canon 4k and Sachtler
  • Movie „South America: here
  • Canon Technic report EOS-7D Mark II
  • New Canon Portfolio
  • Africa – Botswana/South Africa Canon Phototour
  • Photokina Presentation Art of South America Canon EOS-1D C 4k and Sachtler
  • Photokina Canon EOS-7D MarkII „White Lion’s and Tiger’s“
  • Stern presents Open-Air Exhibition Hamburg Sept 5th – Nov 6th 2014
  • GEO presents Photo Exhibition Overseas Boulevard Hamburg
  • Fotoausstellung ist eröffnet „Dem Sturm Ins Auge Schauen“ Hamburg Überseeboulevard
  • Open-Air Fotoausstellung Hamburg Überseeboulevard WWF
  • Naturfototage FFB presentation POLAR WORLD
  • POLAR WORLD exhibitionNaturfototage FFB
  • WWF & Canon campaign Tiger, more information: here
  • Video A cheerful day with Anouk with Canon legria mini film: here
  • Canon Pro IG Event Zürich/Switzerland Iceland/wildlife ibex/elephants with 200 – 400 mm
  • Technical seminar Vitec Group/Sachtler with Canon
  • NEW ARCTIC/ANTARCTIC Calendar 2014
  • CANON Pro IG Show, Berlin, Köln, Frankfurt, München, Stuttgart – Iceland, Chamonix-ibex, Amboseli-elephants, Canon 200-400mm/f 4 L IS USM
  • AC-Foto: Canon Fotoworkshops
  • Canon presents: my work La Gomera & Neusiedler See, „The film“: here
  • Canon’s new Telezoom 200-400mm/f 4 L IS USM
  • „Nature in Focus“ FFB Canon Workshop
  • Canon Seminar, Workshop Presentation PCP Tour
  • Photoworkshops Tierfotografie AC-Foto und Canon
  • GEO International published my photo story penguins in 15 countries worldwide
  • Norddeutsche Naturfototage Workshop, Seminar und Vortrag
  • GEO and Canon present exhibition POLAR WORLD in Moscow in the famous shopping mall GUM, videos on Russian TV
  • GEO presents my book POLAR WORLDDumont
  • Tischkalender/Desk calendar „Kleine Tiere ganz groß“
  • Exclusiv Photo Tours Africa Botswana & South Africa
  • Photokina Ambassador exhibition & presentations
  • NEW Canon Fotoworkshop Wildlife
  • WWF Global Arctic photo project „Last Ice Area“
  • POLAR WORLD Kalender 2013 DUMONT Verlag Format 68,5 x 49,5 cm
  • Horizonte Photofestival Canon seminar“Polar World“ Arbeitsweise EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon Photo Safari -Workshop
  • Canon Photoworkshop „Nature in Focus“Glanzlichter in Fürstenfeldbruck/Munich
  • Canon Photoworkshop Wildlife presentation POLAR WORLD
  • GEO Int. presents exhibition POLAR WORLD in Moscow Airport Scheremetyevo
    from February 17th – March 30th
  • Mundologia Festival Freiburg Konzerthaus POLAR WORLD photo exhibition Canon Seminars about my work Poles
  • Photo exhibition POLAR WORLD in Freiburg Zentrum Oberwiehre
  • Lufthansa magazine 01/2012 presents POLAR WORLD
  • Photostory POLAR WORLD magazine Naturblick 12/2011
  • New Fine Art Prints POLAR WORLD are available for purchase Fine Art Prints behind the anti-reflection Museums-glas
  • Magazine Digit 05/2011 presents my exhibition POLAR WORLD Fine Art Prints
  • Canon presents POLAR WORLD
  • Stern presents my new book „POLAR WORLD“
  • T-online presents the book „POLAR WORLD“
  • The exhibition Polar World in Hamburg is opened
  • Photo exhibition POLAR WORLD Europapassage in Hamburg  November 9th – November 19th
  • New project POLAR WORLD
  • Exhibition Polar World in Berlin
  • The book Polar World 1st place International Photography Awards
  • IFA in Berlin my project POLAR WORLD
  • Shooting African Wildlife with the EF Mark III extenders
  • Photostory about Polar World magazine Terre Sauvage 08/2011
  • dforum Photofestival wildlife presentation Thorsten Milse
  • New book out now Skeleton Coast Africa’s Last Wilderness Random House Struik
  • Presentation Afrikas letzte Wildnis with Thorsten Milse on 21th and 22th May in Cologne
  • Internationale Naturfototage Nature in Focus Canon Fotoworkshop wildlife in Fürstenfeldbruck 13. Mai 2011
  • Professional Imaging wildlife presentation with Thorsten Milse on 14th/15th March in Nieuwegein NL
  • Canon sponsors Ambassadors exhibition at Getty Images Gallery London from 14 February until 12 March 2011
  • Stern presents my book „Afrikas letzte Wildnis“
  • GEO presents my book „Afrikas letzte Wildnis“
  • Terre Sauvage China 02.2011 photostory Namibia Skeleton Coast
  • Fotografica wildlife presentation with Thorsten Milse on Saturday 27th November in Milano
  • wildlife presentation and shooting with Thorsten Milse on October 30th/31th in Vienna
  • wildlife seminars with Thorsten Milse on October 26th/27th in London
  • Terre Sauvage magazin 10/2010 photostory Namibias Skeleton Coast
  • Canon presents „wildlife seminars“ about the new Canon telephoto lenses on September 24th, 25th and 26th
  • Newsweek magazine June 2010 Thorsten Milse: True To His Vision
  • Canon Pixma 9500 Mark II advertising
  • Canon ATL advertising Canon MK IV Balinese long-tailed macaque presents my book Skeleton Coast
  • Lufthansa magazine 05/2010 presents my book „Afrikas letzte Wildnis“
  • Thorsten Milse blogs on shooting wildlife with the Canon EOS-1 D Mark IV
  • Fotofestival 2010 am 29. Mai in Fellbach/Stuttgart Vortrag: wildlifephotography
  • Glanzlichter Internationale Naturfototage Canon Fotoworkshop Tierfotografie in Fürstenfeldbruck 14. Mai 2010
  • Namibias Skeleton Coast Interview Digital Camera my work as wildlife photographer
  • T-online Augenblicke presents new book Afrikas letzte Wildnis
  • fotocommunity presents my new book and my work
  • New book is out now „Afrikas letzte Wildnis“ Namibias Skelettküste
  • The book only in India „The Eyes of the Jungle“
  • New Polar Bear Calendar 2010 Bruckmann Publishing
  • Photo Digital Event Schweiz/Baden 14. November 2009
  • GEOlino Extra „Pferde“ #20/2009
  • Terre Sauvage magazine 06/2009 published a photostory Animal babies
  • GEO magazine Germany 05/2009 published a photostory „Kangaroos“
  • Fotofestival Presentation wildlifephotography
  • Glanzlichter Internationale Naturfototage Canon Fotoworkshop Tierfotografie in Fürstenfeldbruck 22. Mai 2009
  • GEO presents Kangaroos info: here
  • BBC Wildlife magazine 01/2009
  • presents „Tierkinder“
  • Photo Exhibition Canon gettyimages gallery, London
  • Hapag Lloyd Cruise Ship Expedition Antarctic/South Georgia Photoleader: Thorsten Milse/Canon
  • GEO presents the new book:„Die Augen des Dschungels“
  • Stern presents the new book: „Die Augen des Dschungels“
  • New book out now Die Augen des Dschungels / The Eyes of the Jungle
  • Hapag Lloyd Cruise Ship Expedition Antarctic/Sub-Antarctic 2009 Canon Workshop
  • Canon’s New Ambassador Programme selects top photographer from the world
  • BBC Wildlife magazine 09/2008 published a photostory about Kangaroos
  • New calendars for 2009 Bruckmann photographer Thorsten Milse
  • PHOTOGRAPHIE magazine 03/2008published a story Thorsten Milse
  • GEO International 03/2008 published a photostory about Grey Kangaroos in 8 countries
  • GEOlino extra 03/2008 published a story Wildlifephotographer
  • The book „Little Polar Bears“ to the movie „Knut und seine Freunde“
  • VIVA magazine 02/2008 article about the polar bear cubs
  • BBC Wildlife magazine 12/2007 article „Emperor penguins“
  • Bild Zeitung Dec. 2007 presents „Emperor penguins“
  • Hapag Lloyd Cruise Ship Expedition Spitzbergen/Greenland July Photoleader: Thorsten Milse
  • Stern presents the new book: „Tierkinder der Wildnis“ / “Growing up Wild“
  • Bild Zeitung presents the book:„Tierkinder der Wildnis“ / “Growing up Wild“
  • GEO presents the new book: „Tierkinder der Wildnis“/“Growing up Wild“ more Information:
  • Alfred-Wegener-Institut in Bremerhaven Special Day for the International Polar Year, Show „Little Polar Bears“
  • The book „Little Polar Bears“ Thorsten Milse German TV and 3 sat Kulturzeit, movie: here
  • Canon EOS Magic Moments Colorshots Magazin Thorsten Milse
  • Stern presents Photostory „Little Polar Bears“ Bedrohtes Idyll im Eis
  • Bucher Verlag published Postcard calendar and a wall calendar Little Polar Bears for 2008
  • Thorsten Milse & Little Polar Bears on the German TV Stern TV movie: here
  • Greek BBC Wildlife Magazine 2007 published Little Polar Bears
  • A book International Polar Year „Little Polar Bears“ & “Kleine Eisbären“
  • Illustreret Videnskab Scandinavian magazine Best Reportage Photographer 2006 Photostory „Polar bear cubs“
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruise-ship Expedition Canadian Arctic/Greenland 2007 Photoleader: Thorsten Milse
  • New Postcards Portfolio Thorsten Milse 18 images
  • BBC Wildlife Magazine 12/2006 Indian Tiger
  • GEO Spain 11/2006 published a photostory about polar bear cubs
  • GEO International 10/2006 published a photostory Polar bear cubs in 7 countries
  • MANKIND AND NATURE magazine China 10/2006 article about Tigers
  • Portfolio of the month Photographer Thorsten Milse
  • Illustreret Videnskab Scandinavian magazine 07/2006 article about Polar bear cubs
  • MANKIND AND NATURE magazine China 07/2006 article about Polar bear cubs
  • Nature’s Best magazine 2006 article about Polar bear cubs
  • GEO Italy magazine 07/2006 article about Indian Tigers
  • GEO Italy magazine 04/2006 article about the Polar bear cubs
  • An interview about the Polar bear cubs in the German TV channel WDR
  • GEO Germany magazine 02/2006 article about the Polar bear cubs
  • An interview about Polar bears in the German TV channel WDR, movie: here
  • BBC Wildlife magazine 12/2005 article about the Polar bear cubs
  • GEOLINO magazine 12/2005 article about Polar bear cubs
  • BBC Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2005 Category Animal Behaviour: Mammals
  • Nature’s Best Photo Competition 2005 „Grand Prize Winner“
  • „NEW“ Panorama Postcards with my animal photos by Funorama publishing company
  • European Naturephotographer Of The Year 2005 Category Different Animals
  • Photo Competition, Glanzlichter 2005 The world of mammals
  • TV Hören & Sehen 02/2005
  • Naturblick 01/2005/Australia
  • Terra 01/2005/Botswana
  • Naturblick 04/2004 article NIK software
  • Nature’s Best Photography Award Wildlife 2004
  • Naturblick 03/2004 article NIK software
  • Naturblick 02/2004/Cape Gannet
  • Photo Exhibition „The World Of Cats“ Stephanie Weber/Thorsten Milse, Museum in Osnabrück
  • Workshop Helgoland Sponsoring Canon
  • Photo Exhibition „Africas last wilderness“ Museum in Osnabrück
  • Helgoland Report „Naturfoto May 2003“
  • Photo Exhibition 2003 „Africas last wilderness“
  • European Naturephotographer of the year 2002 Endangered Species
  • European Naturphotographer of the year 2001 Endangered Species

Equipment and Partners

For several years he is an official Canon Ambassador and also he is a brand Ambassador for the company Sachtler/Vitec Group, F-stop and Peli Products. He is a member in the Adobe Advocacy Program and holds lectures, workshops, presentations and special photo tours worldwide.

Pro Ambassador

– EOS R5 + BG-R10
– EOS R3
– RF 35mm f/1,8 IS STM Macro
– RF 15-35mm f/2,8 L IS USM
– RF 24-70mm f/2,8 L IS USM
– RF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM
– RF Extender 1,4x
– RF 600mm f/4,0 L IS USM
– EF 200-400mm f/4,0 L IS USM

Abbildung rechts:
Speedlite 600, Extension Tube, Angle Finder, WFT
WiseAdvanced Memory cards CFexpress & SD 
Sachtler flowtech 100-75 tripod
Sachtler fluid heads Active8, FSB10-FSB8
F-stop photo bag Tilopa-Shinn with ICU, Dyota

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