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 four years he plans to photograph thirty different and spectacular freshwater environments from around the world. The project is 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 15 000 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.

Travels (selection)
2017 Antarctica 2016 Pantanal, Siberia, British Columbia, Lapland, Slovenia, Mexico, Lapland 2015 Malawi, Slovenia, Sichuan, Lapland, Buryatia, Romania, Australia, Oman 2014 Greenland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Romania, Mexico 2013 Siberia, Lapland, Slovenia, China, New Zealand 2012 Pantanal, Croatia, Kamtchatka, Lapland, England, England, Sarawak, Florida 2011 Brazil, Slovenia, Lapland, British Columbia, United Arab Emirates, Florida, Amazon 2010 United Arab Emirates, British Columbia, Lapland, Slovenia 2009 Slovenia, Sweden, Atlantic Canada, Iceland 2008 Slovenia, Sweden, Atlantic Canada 2007 Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, Croatia 2006 Slovenia, Norway, Sweden, British Columbia 2005 Croatia, Norway, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovenia 2004 Croatia, Sweden, Slovenia, Croatia 2003 Cuba, Slovenia 2002 British Columbia, British Columbia 2001 Slovenia, British Columbia, Bolivia 2000 Slovenia, Sweden, Bolivia 1999 Cuba, Slovenia, Cuba, British Columbia, Cuba 1998 Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, Sweden 1997 New Zealand, Slovenia, Haida Gwaii (B.C.) 1996 Austria, Sweden, England, Haida Gwaii (B.C.) 1995 Austria, British Columbia, Amazon 1994 Amazon, Sweden, British Columbia, Amazon 1993 Amazon, British Columbia, Amazon 1992 Norway, Sweden, Norway 1991 Kenia, Alaska, Alaska, Christmas Island 1990 Florida, Sweden, British Columbia, Alaska 1989 Kenia, British Columbia, Alaska 1988 Okavango, Florida, Atlantic Canada 1987 Spain, Yugoslavia, British Columbia 1986 Scotland, Sweden, Norway, British Columbia 1985 Alaska, Galapagos 1984 Alaska, Sweden 1983 Yugoslavia, Alaska 1982 Sweden 1981 Sweden, Kenia

Publications

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.

Individual Exhibitions (selection)
2017 Seemuseum, Kreuzlingen 2016 Museum of Natural History, Frauenfeld 2015 Galerie Contraste, Fribourg 2014 MuseumsQuartier Tirschenreuth 2013 Soka Gakkai Gallery, Kuala Lumpur 2012 Museum of Natural History, St.Gallen 2012 Taylors’s University, Kuala Lumpur 2011 Ghaf Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi 2011 Higher Colleges of Technology, Fujairah 2010 The Arts House, Singapore 2010 Museum of Natural History, Fribourg 2009 Museum of Natural History, Geneva 2009 Castel of Gruyères, Gruyères 2008 Museum of Natural History, Frauenfeld 2007 Centre Champ-Pittet, Yverdon 2007 Museum of Natural History, Berne 2006 Galerie im E-Punkt, Baden 2006 Naturama, Aarau 2004 Seemuseum, Kreuzlingen 2004 Museum of Natural History, St.Gall 2003 Senslermuseum, Tafers 2003 Museum of Natural History, St.Gallen 2001 Seemuseum, Kreuzlingen 2001 Senslermuseum, Tafers 2000 Museum of Natural History, Lucerne 1999 Seemuseum, Kreuzlingen 1999 Musée du Léman, Nyon 1999 Centre Champ-Pittet, Yverdon 1998 Museum of Natural History, Fribourg 1997 Museum of Natural History, St.Gallen 1996 Senslermuseum, Tafers 1995 Museum of Natural History, Fribourg 1994 Galerie Point-de-vue, Fribourg 1993 Cibachrome Galerie, Fribourg 1991 Cibachrome Galerie, Fribourg

Collective Exhibitions (selection)
2016 Art Dialog Festival, Biel 2015 Galerie Leuebrüggli, Langenthal 2013 Wild Wonders of Europe, Stockholm 2013 Maison départementale, Belfort 2013 Central House of Artists, Moscow 2012 Swiss Pavilion Expo 2012, Yeosu 2012 Wild Wonders of Europe, Berlin, Madrid 2011 Wild Wonders of Europe, Copenhagen 2011 Kraevedtcheski Museum, Novosibirsk 2011 Museum of Natural History, Olten 2011 Centre Champ-Pittet, Yverdon 2010 Museum of Natural History, London 2010 Wild Wonders of Europe, The Hague, Prague 2009 Musée d'art et d'histoire, Fribourg 2008 Museum of Natural History, London 2008 Museum of Natural History, Fribourg 2007 The Selection, Zurich 2005 Moschti '05, Düdingen 2004 Museum of Natural History, London

Talks (selection)
2017 Museum of Natural History, Fribourg, 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
Permanent Installations
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
International Awards
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)
Swiss Awards
Club 111 : Honour award (2011), DFAG
  : Culture Prize (2008), ATEC : Prix ATEC (2001)

Books and such

fwater.switzerland

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
A collection of limited edition prints

About Michel Roggo
Dipping Under Unspoiled Rivers (National Geographic, 2013)
Featured photograper at Wild Wonders of Europe (2009)

Projects (selection)
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 2015, Michel Roggo is focusing on The Freshwater Project. The goal is to produce a photographic documentation of 30 important freshwater environments from across the globe, focusing on underwater images, as a contribution to safeguarding the future of the world's wetland areas.
 
International Projects

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.
 
Swiss Projects
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.