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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 a professional guide for visiting photographers at the Santa Clara Ranch and also serves as the ranch manager. He conducts photography workshops there and at other locations in North America, Central America, and Africa.

He is a four-time Grand Prize winner of the Texas big nature photography competitions. In 2013 and 2015, he was the Grand Prize winner of the Wildlife in Focus Nature Photography Contest. In addition, he was the top recipient of the Valley Land Fund Nature Photography Contest in 2010 (Professional and Open Divisions) and in 2008 (Small Tract Division). 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 work has been featured in Nature’s Best Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic Guide Books, The Chicago Tribune 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