Wildlife photographer Bence Mate was born in Hungary in 1985. In 2010 he won the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photography of the Year award in London. He is the most decorated photographer in the 53-year-old history of the competition, being the only contestant to have won first prize in both the young and adult categories. In 2005 he revolutionised hide photography by the use of one-way glass, a technique that has since been widely adopted elsewhere. Since 2008 he has been designing wildlife photography hides that have been used all around the world, from Europe to South Africa and South America.
“A great wildlife photo is technically perfect, innovative, and unrepeatable. It should be a genuine reflection of what took place, and the subjects must be able to move around freely. Whilst Photoshop can be used to enhance an image, the sole goal of post-production should be to reflect reality in the most accurate way possible.”