About Mees Swinkels

About me

I grew up with a passion for nature and wildlife. My father taught me for example how to recognize birds from a young age. As I grew older, I also developed an interest in wildlife filmmaking. I was amazed by BBC documentaries and David Attenborough was my idol. Soon enough I knew I had to become a wildlife filmmaker. I bought a camera, two lenses and a tripod.

At the age of 16 I started studying ‘Applied Biology’ at the HAS University in Den Bosch. During this bachelor I was able to convert my passion and curiosity about biology into knowledge and experience. Besides learning about biology, I also gained experience with filming and photography. I learn a lot from other wildlife filmmakers, like Dick Harrewijn, Ruben Smit, Stijn Philips and Jeffrey van Houten. Currently I am doing a master Biology at Wageningen University. Most of my free time I spend filming and making video’s.

My camera gear

Lumix GH5
Sigma 60-600mm
Canon 100mm macro
Lumix 14-42mm
Zhiyun Crane Plus