Overview Michel Roggo
Michel Roggo was born in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1951. He has worked as a professional photographer since 1987. He is a member of the iLCP International League of Conservation Photographers. Michel started taking pictures at the age of thirty. Trips abroad quickly followed, including to Alaska, where he observed migrating salmon for the first time. Fascinated by these images, he decided to document them – under water, but without diving, so that he could work independently outside in the bush. He returned to the salmon rivers year after year to refine his technique.
Using the technique he developed for salmon, Michel began photographing other freshwater subjects, focussing more and more on freshwater landscapes, and revealing these unique habitats for perhaps the first time. He has since become an award-winning leader in his field. "We know what coral reefs look like", Michel says, "but what about the creeks, streams, lakes and ponds on our doorstep? I'm always looking for new and interesting scenes with the most dramatic light - a marsh pond, under the ice in a mountain stream, among algae… these habitats are hardly ever seen but they are incredibly beautiful." Michel Roggo still uses remote control systems under water, but at the age of sixty he began shooting pictures while snorkelling. Two years later, he took up diving – in the Siberian Ozero Baykal, the largest and deepest lake in the world.
In 2011, with the experience of more than a hundred expeditions behind him, Michel Roggo launched an ambitious project dedicated to freshwater: The Freshwater Project. In seven years he photographed forty different and spectacular freshwater environments from around the world. The project was supported by the IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Michel Roggo is internationally recognized as a specialist in freshwater photography. He has exhibited his work in over thirty solo exhibitions, and has been a prize winner in competitions such as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. More than 18’000 of his pictures have been published by GEO, BBC Wildlife, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC online, mare, ArtMalaysia Magazine, WWF International, Sierra Magazine and more. He was a photographer for Wild Wonders of Europe.
More than 18'000 photographs used by clients such as GEO, GEO Special, Mare, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Figaro Magazine, Terre Sauvage, Paris Match, Nature Canada, Alaska Magazine, The National Magazine, Lamborghini Magazine, Airone, DU, Schweizer Illustrierte, Sierra Magazine, Vokrug Sveta, Nanyang Siang Pau, Art Malaysia Magazine, Pacific Discovery, Kosmos, Photographie, Illustré, Schweizer Familie, Natura, Naturfoto, Adventure, British Columbia Magazine, Revue Schweiz, Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin, Bianco Magazine, Newlook, Camera Natura, Terra, Science, New Scientist, Tonhalle Zürich, Aquatis Hotel, Swisscom, Canon Europe, Transhelvetica, SF Schweizer Fernsehen, TSR Télévision Suisse Romande, WWF International, WWF Switzerland, ARKive, IUCN, Presence Switzerland, National Geographic and many others.
2017 Landshut Castle, Switzerland 2017 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, Fribourg, Switzerland 2017 Castle Arbon, Switzerland 2017 Museum of Natural History, Fribourg, Switzerland 2017 Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, Berne, Switzerland 2017 MV Ortelius, Antarctica 2016 Gesamtschule Lindental, Switzerland 2016 Naturmuseum Frauenfeld, Switzerland 2015 Cultural night, Langenthal, Switzerland 2013 Museum of Natural History, Fribourg, Switzerland 2013 WiLDspeak at WILD10, Salamanca, Spain 2013 Takaka Community Centre, New Zealand 2012 Museum of Natural History, St.Gallen, Switzerland 2012 Taylors’s University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2012 National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, U.K. 2012 Photoplay, Moscow, Russia 2011 Wildphotos, London, UK 2011 Higher Colleges of Technology, Fujairah, UAE 2008 Wildphotos, London, UK
2016 Lindenhof Spital, Berne, Switzerland 2016 CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland 2015 Aquatis Hotel, Lausanne, Switzerland 2014 Banque Raiffeisen Fribourg-Ouest, Switzerland 2011 Raric AG, Düdingen, Switzerland 2008 Raiffeisen Bank Fribourg, Switzerland 2007 Museum of Natural History, Berne, Switzerland 2006 Namsen Laksakvarium, Grong, Norway 2005 Groupe e, Fribourg, Switzerland 2005 Museum of Natural History, Thurgau, Switzerland 2005 Cantonal Bank of Fribourg, Flamatt, Switzerland 2003 Museum of Natural History, Fribourg
BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition : Runner-up (2010), Runner-up (2008), Runner-up (2004) | European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition : Runner-up (2010), First Prize, Highly Commended (2009), Runner-up, 2 Highly Commended (2007), 2 Highly Commended (2006) | Nikon Photo Contest International : Honorable Mention (1987), Third Prize (1985), Third Prize (1983), Asferico : 2 Third Prizes, 1 Highly Commended (2008)
Club 111 : Honour award (2011), DFAG : Culture Prize (2008), ATEC : Prix ATEC (2001)
Books and such
2017 AQUA wasser.eau.water, Werd Verlag, Thun 2015 Fischwelten: der Apron (DVD), Freiburg 2014 water.switzerland, Werd Verlag, Thun 2013 Fischwelten: die Äsche (DVD), Freiburg 2008 Eau douce, Michel Roggo & Pierre-Pascal Rossi, Editions Slatkine, Genève 2008, 2015 Philosophies, Jacques de Coulon & Michel Roggo, Ed. Jouvence, Saint-Julien-en-Genevois 2008 Süsswasser, Michel Roggo & Pierre-Pascal Rossi, Paulusverlag, Freiburg 2004 Fischwelt Schweiz (DVD), Zurich 2003 Das Senseland, Fribourg 2003 Vivre sous l'O (CD-Rom), Neuchâtel 2001 Urlandschaften, Fribourg 1998 Rivière vivante, Fribourg 1998 Leben am Fluss, Fribourg 1995 Das Leben in einem Fluss, Fribourg 1994 Fische (CD-Rom), Zurich 1992 Lachs - Salm -Lax, Weil der Stadt
Fine Art Prints
Michel Roggo specializes in subjects related to fresh water fauna and flora. Most of these are projects developed over long periods of time. A large part of the images are taken under water. From 2011 to 2017, Michel Roggo was focusing on The Freshwater Project. The goal was to produce a photographic documentation of 40 important freshwater environments from across the globe, focusing on underwater images, as a contribution to safeguarding the future of the world's wetland areas.
Malawi (2015) : Lake Malawi with its 1’000 species of cichlid fish, mostly endemic.
Temnik (2015) : spring on a very wild river, Republic of Buryatia, Russia.
South Australia (2015) : the spring-fed limestone ponds, sinkholes and crater lakes of the Limestone Coast.
Oman (2015) : the Wadis of the Hajar Mountains, Sultanate of Oman.
Kalaallit Nunaat (2014) : the meltwater channels and lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet and the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier with its icebergs, Greenland.
|Mosi-oa-Tunya (2014) : the world’s largest sheet of falling water, Zimbabwe and Zambia.|
|Okavango (2014) : the delta of the Okavango river in the Kalahari desert, Botswana.|
|Danube Delta (2014, 2015) : the second largest and best preserved european river delta, Romania.|
|Yucatán (2014, 2016) : Cenotes and Lagunas in Maya Territory, Quintana Roo, Mexico.|
|Ozero Baykal (2013, 2015, 2016) : twenty percent of the world’s freshwater in just one lake, Siberia, Russia.|
|Sichuan (2013, 2015) : Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, two World Heritage Sites of outstanding beauty.|
|New Zealand (2013) : Te Waikoropupu, a spring sacred to the Maori, and Rotomairewhenua, the clearest freshwater ever reported.|
|Pantanal (2012, 2016) : the incredibly beautiful aquatic garden eden of the world’s largest wetland, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.|
|Plitvicka Jezera (2012) : the lakes and travertine barriers of Plitvice, Croatia.|
|Kuril’skoye Ozero (2012) : the Brown bears of the Kurile lake, Kamtchatka, Russia.|
|Rijeka Gacka (2012) : the springs and headwaters of the karst river Gacka, with an abundance of aquatic plant life, Croatia.|
|Gunung Mulu (2012) : in the waters of the rainforest and the caves of Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.|
|River Itchen (2012) : commissioned work in this chalk stream of outstanding beauty, Hampshire, England, U.K.|
|Serra da Bodoquena (2011, 2012, 2016) : in the rivers and caves of the limestone mountains of Bodoquena, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.|
|Northern Rockies (2011, 2016) : in the countless rivers, lakes and beaver ponds of the Northern Rockies, British Columbia, Canada.|
|Lapland waters (2011 - 2016) : in the rivers, creeks, lakes and marhses of Swedish Lapland.|
|Florida Springs (2011 - 2012) : in the crystal clear springs of the Floridan Aquifer.|
|Rio Negro (2011) : in the flooded forest of the Rio Negro and tributaries.|
|Desert Waters (2010 - 2011) : in the Wadis and Mangroves of the United Arab Emirates.|
Wild Wonders of Europe (2008 - 2009) : a team of 68 photographers, including Michel Roggo, is revealing Europe's amazing natural treasures.
|Atlantic salmon (2004 - 2009) : long-term project with trips to Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Atlantic Canada.|
|Iceland (2009) : archaic landscapes.|
|Pacific salmon (1983 - 2010) : more than 20 trips to Alaska and Canada, with a globally unique archive on this subject.|
Waterworlds (since 2004) : long-term project of underwater landscapes from across the globe.
Fishes (since 1992) : long-term project, particularly in the Alps, in Scandinavia and the Balkans, with a globally unique archive on this subject.
Aquatic life (since 1996) : long-term project, various animals living in and around inshore waters.
Amazon (1991 - 2001) : 7 expeditions totaling more than 8 months in the flooded rain forests along the Amazon river, with support from WWF International and Fondation Ushuaia.
Cuba (1999) : commissioned work, 4 expeditions, recording the numerous endemic animal and plant species.
Red Crabs (1991) : the mass migration of more than 100 million red crabs across Christmas Island.
Northern Rockies (1999 - 2002) : commissioned work in the northern part of the Rocky Mountains, B.C., Canada.
Haida Gwaii (1996 - 1997) : the heritage of the Haida people on Queen Charlotte Island, B.C., Canada.
|Gorner glacier (2013) : A fast melting glacier with meltwater channels and lakes, Valais Alps, Switzerland|
Rivers(2008 - 2011) : commissioned work for the WWF Switzerland.
Mountain forests (2007 - 2008) : commissioned work in the Fribourg Pre-Alps, Switzerland.
Mountain waters (2008) : commissioned work in the Fribourg Pre-Alps, Switzerland.
Unspoilt landscapes (1999 - 2001) : commissioned work in the pre-alpine region, Fribourg, Switzerland.
Fishes portraits (2001 - 03) : eyes, scales, fins, studio pictures of live fish.
Fishes of Switzerland (2001 - 03) : studio pictures of all 78 species of fish, lampreys and crayfish in Switzerland, with support from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN.