Contact: fotoyaaf (at) gmail.com 

I am an entomologist based in Rosmalen, the Netherlands, and recently finished my PhD at Wageningen University. Since long I have been inspired by the immense diversity of insect life throughout the world and the many different ways insects live their (mostly short) lives. My PhD research focused on how small parasitoid wasps find host caterpillars guided by scent compounds released by plants over large distances.

In my spare time I like to photograph nature outside and I have also kept quite some mantis species as pets which I photograph inside (as there are no native mantis species in the Netherlands). If you are interested in my photos, my research or in mantids, don't hesitate to contact me via email!

In 2018, I won the Marius van der Sandt scholarschip for young nature photographers, and I will be working on a year-long photo project.

All photos on my website are copyrighted and may not be copied or used elsewhere without my permission.

2019 Winner of category 'Arthropods' of the Groene Camera (click image to view larger size)
2018 winner of the Marius van der Sandt scholarship. Link to portfolio.
Mayfly in spider web
2017 Runner up (second prize) in category 'Arthropods' of the Groene Camera (click image to view larger size)
.Geboorte rupsen
2016 Second Prize in PE&RC's got Talent - Picture Awards, 'Field-/lab-/modelling work' category (click image to view larger size).
2016 Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition, Shortlist in 'Behaviour' category with 'Mass of tadpoles' (click image to view larger size).
Spring blossom
2016 'Foto van de week' (photo of the week) natuurfotografie.nl, theme 'Blossom' (click image to view larger size).
2016 1st Prize of Poster Awards during Nern-NecoV Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting
Fly trapped in Drosera plant
2011 2nd Prize of the photo competition held during the Insect Experience festival in Wageningen. This photo was also published in Cannatalk, issue 16, 2012 (click image to view larger size).