Who I am

About me

I am professional wildlife photographer and founder & chairman of the board of Finnature Ltd, Finland’s leading wildlife tour operator and I am living in Oulu, Finland. I have been taking photographs 40 years, and I turned professional about 20 years ago. Bird photography is my passion and my favourite subjects to photograph are owls. My photo library includes other wildlife as well, taken both in Finland and abroad.

My photography work has been used worldwide and I have co-published several books of birds and photography. One of the most widely distributed book of mine has been Handbook of Bird Photography (together with Markus Varesvuo and Bence Mate)- since it has been published in Finnish, German, French, English and Chinese! My photographs has been regularly awarded in international competitions: including Wildlife Photographer of the Year several times. I have been judging many photography competitions in recent years including Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, GDT´s European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 and Finnish Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 competitions.

I was chairman of the Professional Nature Photographers of Finland 2007- 2013 and I am still member of this association. At the moment I am board member of Finnish Nature Photographers association. I am founding member of Friends of Liminka Bay association and I have been active in earlier years in several birdwatching associations.

I am Olympus Visionary photographer from 2016 onwards.

I was Nikon ambassador for Finland 2012- 2016.

www.finnature.com Finnish tour operator
www.jaripeltomaki.com Professional wildlife photographer
www.birdphoto.fi Finnish bird photography