Daniel Beltrá is a photographer and artist who makes work about human impact on the environment.
The focus of Beltrá's recent work has been fine art aerial photography of landscapes and environmental issues. His best known project is a series of photographs of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, titled Spill, which have been exhibited in galleries and museums across Europe and North America. Other topics he has photographed are tropical deforestation in Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and global warming in the Arctic, Patagonia and the Southern Ocean. In September 2012, he documented the record-lowest summer sea ice level in the Arctic, which were later included in his "Ice" exhibition.
Life and work
Beltrá started his career with photos of bombings by the Basque separatist organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) while he was a student at the Complutense University of Madrid. He went on to work at EFE and the Gamma photo agency while also photographing assignments for Greenpeace. He is a board member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He moved to Seattle in 2001.
Beltrá has presented his work in slideshows and lectures at galleries and conferences across North America, including the 9th World Wilderness Congress, the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the ABC Continuity Forum.
- Spill. London: Gost, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9574272-4-2. With an essay by Barbara Bloemink. Edition of 2500 copies.
- Benham Gallery, Seattle. Sustainability / Sostenibilidad, May 2009 – July 2009.
- City Hall, Paris. Prince's Rainforests Exhibition, October 2009.
- Kew Botanical Gardens, London. Prince's Rainforests exhibition, October–December 2009.
- 212 Gallery, Aspen. Spill, August–December 2010.
- Seattle Aquarium, Seattle. Spill, May–August 2011.
- Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Calif. Spill, October 2011 – January 2012.
- Roca Gallery, Barcelona. Marea Negra, October 2011 – January 2012.
- Catherine Edleman Gallery, Chicago. Spill, March–June 2012.
- "Power,", Prix Pictet touring exhibition, toured the world, including London, Paris, and Istanbul.
- Somerset House, London. Landmark, Fields of Photography March–April 2013.
- Quintenz Gallery, Aspen. Ice, December 2012 – February 2013.
- Aperture Gallery, New York. Power, November 2013 – February 2014.
- Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. Power, February–April 2014.
- Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria. Pure Water, October 2014 – February 2015.
- 2006: 3rd prize, World Press Photo awards, nature series category, for his work on the Amazon Rainforest drought.
- 2006: Golden Award in the China Press International Photo (CHIPP) Contest, for his work on the Amazon Rainforest drought.
- 2007: 2nd prize, World Press Photo awards, contemporary issues category, for a photo of tropical deforestation in the Amazon.
- 2009: "Global Vision Award", Pictures of the Year International.
- 2011: winner, Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the "Deeper Perspective of the Year" from the International Photography Awards for his photographs from the Gulf Oil spill.
- 2012: shortlisted for the 2012 Prix Pictet,
- 2013: Spain's BBVA Foundation granted Beltrá an award for Knowledge Dissemination and Communication in Biodiversity Conservation.
- 2014: First place in the Nature and Environment category in 2014 by the CHIPP contest.
- 2018: Nominated for World Press Photo of the Year, World Press Photo awards, Amsterdam.
- The Guardian. (2012). Photographer Daniel Beltrá on his Greenpeace mission to the Arctic
- Aspen Daily News. (2012). A Beautiful Disaster
- Canon Professional Network. (2008). Daniel Beltrá: Fighting for nature
- "International League of Conservation Photographers". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
- Seattlest. (2011). Science into Images: Daniel Beltrá's SPILL[permanent dead link]
- Conservation International. (2009). 9th World Wilderness Congress (WILD9)
- Annenberg Space for Photography. (2010). The State of Tropical Rainforests Archived January 18, 2015, at Archive.today
- Aquarium of the Pacific. (2011). The Deepwater Horizon Blowout: Two Perspectives—An Artist and a Scientist
- ABC Continuity Forum. (2012). 2012 ABC Continuity Forum
- YouTube: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales speaks at the Sony World Photography Awards 
- The Guardian. (2009). Daniel Beltra's photographs of deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- The Independent. (2009).Prince's Rainforest exhibition opens at Kew
- Aspen Peak Magazine. (2010). Enviro Art at 212 Gallery
- Seattle Times (2011). 'Spill' exhibit captures drama of Gulf of Mexico oil disaster
- "Aquarium of the Pacific. (2011)". Archived from the original on December 28, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
- Roca Barcelona Gallery. (2011)
- "Catherine Edelman Gallery. (2012)". Archived from the original on October 26, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
- Prix Pictet
- Prix Pictet
- Istanbul Modern. (2013). Prix Pictet: Power
- "Photomonitor. (2013)". Archived from the original on March 16, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
- Quintenz Gallery. (2012)[permanent dead link]
- "Aperture Gallery. (2013)". Archived from the original on December 24, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
- Prix Pictet. (2013)
- Lentos Kunstmuseum. (2014) Pure Water: The Most Valuable Resource in the World
- World Press Photo. (2005)
- Holden, Sara. (2007). Planet Ocean: Photo stories from the 'Defending our Oceans' voyage. New Internationalist. ISBN 1904456790
- World Press Photo. (2006)
- Blue Earth Alliance. (2009). Amazon: Forest at Risk Archived September 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- International Photography Awards. (2011)
- Prix Pictet
- BBVA Foundation. (2013)
- CHIPP. (2014)
- "World Press Photo Contest 2018 – the nominees in pictures". The Guardian, February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.