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Jan has been working as a full-time professional photographer for over fifteen years. Nature is his greatest source of inspiration so it is hardly surprising that Jan can often be found in his enormous "backyard", otherwise known as the Veluwe. The diversity of landscapes here, including woodland, heathland, and Europe's largest drift-sand area, Kootwijkerzand, continue to be a favourite subject. The drift-sand area is a particularly unusual spot with extreme weather conditions, where the elements of nature still have free reign.

In addition to his busy activities in the Netherlands, Jan's work has taken on an increasingly international dimension. During the past few years he has visited the polar regions intensively. The results of these extraordinary journeys to Antarctica, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Iceland and Russia are documented in diverse portfolios. Jan's work has been featured in journals such as Panda, Natuurbehoud, National Geographic Traveler and KLM Holland Herald. Each year a large number of calendars, agendas and diaries are published both nationally and internationally.

Jan sees photography as his life's purpose and true passion: his life's purpose because he wants his photos to show the impending decline and disappearance of the Earth's remaining pristine ecosystems; his true passion because he is constantly seduced into the great outdoors by the beauty of nature. Jan seeks to portray the unique nature of his subjects. He is one with his camera, turning into a painter-cum-poet who photographs animal life, landscapes, and plant life in all their splendor. Two factors that greatly influence the appearance of his images are form and composition.

Jan's photos have been awarded prizes in prestigious photo competitions on numerous occasions. Please refer to the awards section for further information. Jan's foremost priority is and continues to be his deep desire to show us the beauty of the Earth and to inspire us to treat her with greater reverence. In his own words: "My aim is to evoke awe and reverence."
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chicks, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285337 Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chicks, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) portrait, Atka Bay, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285230 Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) portrait, Atka Bay, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) tobogganing, Drescher Inlet, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285255 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) tobogganing, Drescher Inlet, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) coming ashore, Bailey Head, Deception Island, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285305 Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) coming ashore, Bailey Head, Deception Island, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother with two chicks, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285322 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother with two chicks, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group walking across ice, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285347 Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group walking across ice, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother with two begging chicks, Neko Harbor, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285407 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother with two begging chicks, Neko Harbor, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Iceberg, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285481 Iceberg, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother with two chicks, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285316 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother with two chicks, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) pair in tussock grass, Cooper Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285535 Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) pair in tussock grass, Cooper Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) landing on the ice, Hokkaido, Japan  -  Jan Vermeer
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00425298 Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) landing on the ice, Hokkaido, Japan© Jan Vermeer
Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup, Magdalen Islands, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada  -  Jan Vermeer
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00433877 Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup, Magdalen Islands, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada© Jan Vermeer
English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides nonscripta) flowering in forest, Hallerbos, Belgium  -  Jan Vermeer
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00538086 English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides nonscripta) flowering in forest, Hallerbos, Belgium© Jan Vermeer
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) trio landing, Lake Kussharo, Akan National Park, Japan
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00559613 Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) trio landing, Lake Kussharo, Akan National Park, Japan© Jan Vermeer
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) pair courting, Southern Thule, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285198 Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) pair courting, Southern Thule, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Glacial lake, Iceland  -  Jan Vermeer
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70043186 Glacial lake, Iceland© Jan Vermeer
Hot spring in the thermally active area of Hveravellir, Iceland  -  Jan Vermeer
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70043184 Hot spring in the thermally active area of Hveravellir, Iceland© Jan Vermeer
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) trio on ice, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285273 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) trio on ice, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother feeding chick, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285303 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother feeding chick, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) portrait, Finland  -  Jan Vermeer
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70007720 Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) portrait, Finland© Jan Vermeer
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) female with cub, Svalbard, Norway  -  Jan Vermeer
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70020645 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) female with cub, Svalbard, Norway© Jan Vermeer
Landscape at dusk, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285468 Landscape at dusk, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) pair courting, Southern Thule, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285200 Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) pair courting, Southern Thule, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) pair in snowfall, Hornoya, Varanger, Norway  -  Jan Vermeer
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70020168 Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) pair in snowfall, Hornoya, Varanger, Norway© Jan Vermeer
European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) hanging on plant, Europe  -  Jan Vermeer
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00279441 European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) hanging on plant, Europe© Jan Vermeer
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) bucks sparring during rut, Europe  -  Jan Vermeer
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00279569 Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) bucks sparring during rut, Europe© Jan Vermeer
Sun shining through rainforest, Guyana  -  Jan Vermeer
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00283656 Sun shining through rainforest, Guyana© Jan Vermeer
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) striking at prey, Finland  -  Jan Vermeer
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70007737 Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) striking at prey, Finland© Jan Vermeer
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) family, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285262 Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) family, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chicks with one adult, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285269 Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chicks with one adult, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) trio on ice, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285272 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) trio on ice, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Blue-eyed Cormorant (Phalacrocorax atriceps) pair courting, Cockburn Island, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285276 Blue-eyed Cormorant (Phalacrocorax atriceps) pair courting, Cockburn Island, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Amazon Water Lily (Victoria amazonica), Guyana  -  Jan Vermeer
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00283657 Amazon Water Lily (Victoria amazonica), Guyana© Jan Vermeer
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick pair, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285359 Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick pair, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) flying in heavy snowfall, Norway  -  Jan Vermeer
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00425174 Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) flying in heavy snowfall, Norway© Jan Vermeer
Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup, Magdalen Islands, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada  -  Jan Vermeer
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00432960 Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup, Magdalen Islands, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada© Jan Vermeer
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) group, National Park De Hoge Veluwe, Gelderland, Netherlands  -  Jan Vermeer
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70014295 Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) group, National Park De Hoge Veluwe, Gelderland, Netherlands© Jan Vermeer
Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) group running in snow, Kangerlusuaq, Sondrestrom Stromfjord, Greenland  -  Jan Vermeer
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70020141 Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) group running in snow, Kangerlusuaq, Sondrestrom Stromfjord, Greenland© Jan Vermeer
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) group in the snow, Hornoya, Varanger, Norway  -  Jan Vermeer
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70020143 Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) group in the snow, Hornoya, Varanger, Norway© Jan Vermeer
Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) two males fighting in snow, Oulu, Finland. Sequence 6 of 8.  -  Jan Vermeer
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70020253 Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) two males fighting in snow, Oulu, Finland. Sequence 6 of 8.© Jan Vermeer
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick, Atka Bay, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285285 Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick, Atka Bay, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) on an icy lake in the winter, Veluwemeer, Nunspeet, Gelderland, Netherlands  -  Jan Vermeer
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70020313 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) on an icy lake in the winter, Veluwemeer, Nunspeet, Gelderland, Netherlands© Jan Vermeer
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) with chick stretching, Svalbard, Norway  -  Jan Vermeer
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70032491 Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) with chick stretching, Svalbard, Norway© Jan Vermeer
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) group, Svalbard, Norway  -  Jan Vermeer
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70032703 Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) group, Svalbard, Norway© Jan Vermeer
Tree trunks in mist, Gortel, Veluwe, Gelderland, Netherlands  -  Jan Vermeer
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70032716 Tree trunks in mist, Gortel, Veluwe, Gelderland, Netherlands© Jan Vermeer
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) two adults with chicks, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285340 Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) two adults with chicks, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Icebergs, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285472 Icebergs, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
Rose (Rosa sp) flowers, close up of many different colored Roses, North America and Europe  -  Jan Vermeer
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00283568 Rose (Rosa sp) flowers, close up of many different colored Roses, North America and Europe© Jan Vermeer
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) preening on the ice, Veluwemeer, Nunspeet, Gelderland, Netherlands  -  Jan Vermeer
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70020286 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) preening on the ice, Veluwemeer, Nunspeet, Gelderland, Netherlands© Jan Vermeer
Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) portrait, Atka Bay, Antarctica  -  Jan Vermeer
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00285225 Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) portrait, Atka Bay, Antarctica© Jan Vermeer
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