A short history.
This is how we started more than 40 years ago with slides and negatives in colour and black and white.
It was the time of photo rallies and competitions with paper prints mounted on passe-partout supports.
The photographic rallies were the meeting point for the majority of amateur photographers, where with the older and more advanced photographers, we were learning from them and little by little, advancing in the precious art of photography in general.
At that time, nature photography was timidly beginning to take its first steps with Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente's television programme "La Tierra y el Hombre". We began to see the work of photographers such as Ansel Adams, George Lepp, Fritz Pölking, Frans Lanting, Art Wolfe, Jim Brandenburg, etc.
In Spain there was also an outstanding movement for nature photography with great photographers such as Ricardo Vila, Adolfo Vazquez, Francisco Mingorance, Oriol Alamany, Juan Carlos Muñoz, Jose Luis Rodriguez etc.
Everything changed when Fernando Ortega and his team founded the web portal called "Fotonatura", the virtual community of nature photography in Spanish.
It was 20 years where nature photographers got together to exchange impressions and photographs that we were taking and uploading to the web. It was a place where we got to know each other and made lots of friends, and it must also be said that thanks to "Fotonatura" we learned a lot about nature photography from each other.
Those were very intense years with many changes. The biggest change was the irruption of digital photography, that changed everything, those were difficult years for those of us who, like me, came from using film reels. The change was brutal, another way of understanding photography in general and as the saying goes, "Renew or die" and that's how the vast majority of photographers, for better or worse, switched to digital format.