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Showcase 2018 Winner Profile – Diana Rebman

By July 8, 2018No Comments

Mammals Runner Up: Infant Snow Monkey-Showcase 2018 © Diana Rebman

Diana’s Bio:

Diana Rebman is an internationally recognized wildlife photographer. In addition to many local exhibits, she has exhibited images at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Natural History in London.

She travels to remote areas around the globe to photograph rare and endangered species. She hopes that by bringing the viewer eye to eye with these incredible animals, she will inspire people in all communities to support worldwide conservation efforts.

To see more photos check out her website:


How did you get the image?

Jigokudani has changed dramatically from my first visit in 2006. In 2017 it was overrun with photographers. Despite this, by carefully positioning myself where I had a clean background, I just had to wait for this darling snow monkey to come along and pose for me.

What was special about this opportunity you had to capture the image?

The weather cooperated with the right amount of snowfall. Most importantly this young snow monkey stayed in my chosen spot long enough for me to capture some images with beautiful expressions.

What equipment and camera settings were you using to capture the image?

Nikon D810, Nikon 80-400 VR lens at 290mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/400sec, +1 exposure compensation


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How long have you been photographing and what, in particular, got you into nature photography?

In January 1970 the cover of Life Magazine featured a photo of a snow monkey basking in the hot springs in Jigokudani. I was mesmerized by that photo, and finally, in 2006 I had the opportunity to visit them. I had only a point and shoot camera with me but got terrific photos. I was instantly hooked on wildlife photography.

Describe your nature photography experience level and current status.

I am an avid amateur photographer. I have no formal photography education but between reading, attending workshops and traveling with amazing photographers, I have learned a great deal. I’m passionate about photography. Seldom a day goes by that I’m not out photographing. As I near retirement from my career as an anesthesiologist I plan to make photography my second career.

How should people follow you or see more of your work?

Each year I have several exhibits of my photos, so if you are in the SF Bay area, you can check out my work at one of these shows (listed on my website). Otherwise, check out my website for my latest photos.