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Hector D. Astorga

Hector D. Astorga is a professional nature photographer based in South Texas.  His love of nature and the outdoors began as a child in his native country, Honduras. He is the ranch manager at the Santa Clara Ranch, a photography ranch that hosts nature photographers from all over the globe.. He leads and conducts photography tours & workshops at multiple locations in North America, Central America, Europe and Africa.

He is a six-time Grand Prize winner of the Wildlife in Focus and Valley Land Fund Photography competitions. From 2008 thru 2017 he won 1st Grand Prize four times, 2nd Grand Prize once and also has a 3rd Grand Prize finish. He won top honors in the 2009 National Wildlife Federation Photography Contest and in the 2012 Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers Photography competition. In 2016, one of his images was selected as a “Best of Show” by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) in their Annual Showcase competition. His images have been in the Top 3 awards in the NANPA Showcase for the last four years in a row.

His work is featured in Nature’s Best Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Federation Magazine, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic Guide Books, Ranger Rick Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Quail Unlimited, and other national and regional publications.

Hector is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers (RMOWP), Texas Nature and Environmental Photographers (TexNEP), Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and of Nikon Professional Services (NPS).
    

  • Awards and Recognition

    • 2008 Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest - First Grand Prize - Small Tract Competition.

    • 2009 National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest - First Place - Connecting People w/ Nature Category

    • 2010 Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest - First Grand Prize - Professional Division and Best of Contest Professional Division

    • 2010 Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest - First Grand Prize - Open Division

    • 2010 Naturescapes.net Images of the Year - Digital Creations Division

    • 2011 "Wildlife in Focus" Photo Contest - Third Grand Prize and People's Choice Award Winner

    • 2011 Naturescapes.net Images of the Year - Digital Creations Division

    • 2012 Nature's Best Photography Magazine - Best Backyards Wildlife Photo Contest - Winner

    • 2013 Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers Photo Contest - Grand Prize Winner

    • 2013 "Wildlife in Focus" Photo Contest - First Grand Prize and People's Choice Award Winner

    • 2014 Nature's Best Photography Magazine - Windland Smith Rice International Awards - Wildlife Category - Highly Honored.

    • 2015 "Wildlife in Focus" Photo Contest - First Grand Prize, Judges Selection Best of Show, and People's Choice Award Winner.

    • 2016 North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) Showcase - Best of Show - Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife.

    • 2017 North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) Showcase - 1st Runner Up - Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife.

    • 2017 North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) Showcase - Judges Choice Award - Altered Reality.

    • 2017 "Wildlife in Focus" Photo Contest - Second Grand Prize

    • 2018 North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase - Judges Choice Award - Birds

    • 2019 North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase - 1st Runner Up - Mammals