I am an Ecologist, Field Naturalist, Wildlife Conservation Photographer and Wildlife Artist

MY

STORY

I was born in Buenos Aires. Since I was a child I have been enthralled by nature. At a very young age I first evidenced a gift for drawing and sports, while drawing and painting was developed spontaneously through self-study. Sports I undertook mainly during my childhood and adolescence, training for gymnastics and synchronized swimming.

Being a sports woman since age 5, I have shaped my personality which is based on discipline, effort and permanent spirit of improvement.

After High School years, led by my innate passion, I decided to undertake Ecology and Environmental Studies followed by the career of Field Naturalist. Meanwhile, I also rediscovered music (which I had also studied in my childhood) now focusing on the guitar. Simultaneously, I resumed the practice of sports, becoming a dancer and acrobat.

I discovered Photography, which later became a core part of my life and an essential tool to transmit my knowledge and values of the natural world

While pursuing the career of Naturalist, I discovered Photography, which later became a core part of my life and an essential tool to transmit my knowledge and values of the natural world. I particularly specialized in macro photography and my most outstanding portraits are on arthropods and amphibians.

Many years now devoting myself to Conservation Projects, I worked for more than eleven years at the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences ‘Bernardino Rivadavia’. Then I´ve worked at Darwinion Botanical Institute. I am teaching photography lessons and practicing sports as a hobby. A reading fan, I am also impassioned with biological evolution and Neurosciences.

In September 2017 I published my first book “The world of the small: an approach to the universe of arthropods from an artistic, visual and evolutionary perspective”

In January 2021, I moved to Costa Rica to pursue work in Conservation Biology and Conservation Visual Storytelling.

I am offering Private Mentorships and Macro Workshops in Costa Rica.

I am part of the team of :

Paws Trails Explorers (Correspondent editor for South América) http://www.pawstrails.com/

Objetivo Natural. Magazine for Nature Photographers. http://objetivonatural.com/

Bimestral, Art with Social Responsability http://www.bimestral.com/

Nature First Photography. Since may of 2020 I am ambassador or community advocates for Nature First. The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography.

Nature Photographers Network as an Event Coordinator since July 2023. https://www.naturephotographers.network

I was a Member of the Jury at:
  • F2 Cities 2020, International Photographic Salon . Category Nature. F2 Sociedad fotográfica. FIAP Patronage, PSA Recognition, GPU License.
  • Anual Salon of Photographic Art N° 62, Condor Salon of Federación Argentina de Fotografía. FIAP Patronage, PSA Recognition.
  • F2 / V SALÓN ANUAL DE ARTE FOTOGRÁFICO. 2021. Patrocinio de la Federación Argentina de Fotografía Nº 2021 / 09. www.faf-fotografia.com.ar
  • Premios Yaguareté. 2021. Invertebrates Category
  • AFONA, Photography Contest. 2021. Invertebrates category
  • 2023 Photo Contest Fundraiser. Cameras For Girls. 2023
  • 2023 The Nature Photo Contest
  • 2023 Concurso Nacional de Fotografía en Parques Nacionales y Áreas Protegidas (APN-AFONA) – Argentina
  • 2024. AFONA, Photography Contest – Argentina
Books Published
  • The World of Small. An approach to the universe of arthropods from an artistic, visual, and evolutionary perspective”. Author and editor.

  • “Macro photography in Nature. The art of revealing details of the natural world: An ethical approach to this technique”. Ebook

Articles published
  • 7 Top Tips for Rainforest Macro Photography – Nature TTL

  • Small World. Nature Vision Magazine – NPN

  • How to potograph rainforest Frogs. Nature TTL

  • Ethics in Macro Photography. Nature First. June 2022

  • Cover Story. Into the wild with Cynthia Bandurek Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 31. October 2021

  • The Magic World Hidden Costa Rica’s Tropical Lowland Rainforests. Travelogue Section Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 30. August 2021

  • Spiders. Amazing world of eight legs animals. Species Section Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 28. March 2021

  • The Hoppers. Species Section Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 27. January 2021

  • Glass Frogs. Snippet section Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 26. December 2020

  • Arthropods Conservation. Conservation section Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 24. Agust 2020

  • Nature First Argentina. Argentina Photo Nature – No. 7 – August 2020

  • The biological crysis of amphibians Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 22. April 2020

  • Tiny Biodiversity – Costa Rica and Ecuador Argentina Photo Nature – No. 3 – May 2020

  • Ecuador. A land of biodivesity – Travelogue Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 20. December 2019

  • Cynthia Bandurek – Her Views and Visuals Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 17. June 2019

  • Costa Rica Through The Eyes of a Naturalist – Travelogue Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 12. August 2018

  • The first years. Wild Art Show Case. Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 8. December 2017

  • The world of small Objetivo Natural Magazine. No. 9. June 2016

  • “Frog eater” Fund. Vida Silvestre Arg. Magazine No. 11. April – june 2010.

Press, Interviews, Youtube Webinars and Podcasts
  • 2024. Interview. The Photographer Mindset Podcast

  • 2023 Interview. Wild and Exposed Podcast

  • 2022 Retrokolkata. Meet the Ecologist, Naturalist & Conservation Photographer Cynthia Bandurek from Argentina. Green Edition. India

  • 2022 Meet the ambassadors Interview: Cynthia Bandurek. Nature First Photography

  • 2021 Cover Story. Into the wild with Cynthia Bandurek. Paws Trails Explorers Magazine. Vol 31. October 2021

  • 2020 Youtube Talk – September The Macro world -Paws Trails Explorers (2)  Macro World of South America by Cynthia Bandurek – YouTube

  • 2019 Radio Cultura. Interview at Program. “Mejor te Cuento” with Alicia de Arteaga. November 7

  • 2018 Cynthia Bandurek – Travel with an objective. La Nación. Newspaper Tourism supplement

  • 2018 Interview: Cynthia Bandurek. The minimum detail. http://patasypatitas-magazine.blogspot.com/2018/05/entrevista-cynthia-bandurek.html

  • 2017 Interview: Image capture. Cynthia Bandurek. Boletín de la Soc. Arg. de Entomología. vol 28 (2)

  • 2015 “Cynthia Bandurek. The World that we do not look at” Argentime. N°90.

  • 2015 “Cynthia Bandurek” Bimestral Magazine 10° Edición. www.bimestral.com.

  • 2014 Radio Interview. Radio Pampa. Program: “Naturaleza Pura”,September 20 . FM 87.9 S. Antonio de Areco.

  • 2012 “The world of small” Cynthia Bandurek. Revista Dinamo. November

  • 2012 “Cynthia Bandurek”. Contemporary photographers series. La voz Joven. May

  • 2011 “ Cynthia Bandurek. My life, a passion Birding Murcia

  • 2011 “Going from School to Museum” Aves Mag. Nº31, Year XIII, June

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