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Karin Eibenberger

Du siehst, ich will viel.

Vielleicht will ich alles:

Das Dunkel jedes unendlichen Falles,

Und jedes Steigens lichtzitterndes Spiel.
R.M. Rilke

"tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"

Photography has always been an integral part of my life, and it is linked to any other of my activities. Photography is very powerful. If you want to change something in this world or in the mind of people, you have to speak directly to their mind and heart. But most often, you cannot do this by the means of words. It is hard to evoke a true feeling by using only your intellectual brain to interpret phrases and words: it's a lot easier to do this more directly. By using pictures everybody understands, no matter which culture, language or background the others have. Without any desire to show off, I would call myself sort of an adventurer. For me, this means I try to gain first-hand experiences off the beaten track. Some of them can be very intense and make you feel living right now, right here, right at this moment - like mountaineering or climbing. In this very life I have right now, I have some great chances not everybody has. I can travel other countries, climb mountains, ride my bikes, practice the religion I want and do things others can only dream of. And so I want to give back as much as possible, and share my experience with others. I don't want anybody to be jealous. I just want to show you the world as it is - and there is a lot of perfection we don't understand and a lot of beauty we can't fully realize. And maybe I can point out that we're destroying this beautiful planet more and more. I would like to help change the mind of people by using photography as a medium. As  a Buddhist, trying to make the world better is part of my daily practice. Maybe I can change the attitude of some people to topics like climate change or the importance of an intact nature. Or maybe I can at least make somebody a little happier when providing some nice photographs. Anything that works is good enough for me.

Some quick facts:

°) born in 1983, married to Bernhard since 2010, together since 2000

°) first camera at the age of five  or so - can't remember any more... I always 'borrowed' my fathers' fully manual Yashica when he was not around

°) Master of Arts (M.A.) in Scandinavian and German Literature (University of Vienna)

°) Master of Science in Engineering (MSc.) in Biomedical Engineering (Univ. of Applied Sciences Linz and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

°) currently working on my PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Technical University of Vienna)

°) strongly interested in: photography, mountaineering, motorcycling, climbing, traveling, trekking, kayaking, archery, running, reading, mountain biking and essentially everything that can be done outdoors and is somehow physically demanding and psychologically rewarding ;)

°) did I ever mention I love my tattoo by awesome Sara Rosenbaum (Berlin)? ;)

°) vegetarian out of ethical reasons

°) sincerely practicing Tibetan Buddhist in the Gelug tradition (Bodhisattva-vows and high Yoga Tantra vows, with HH the Dalai Lama as root lama)


01-2015: Winner of Assignment "Behind the Adventure", National Geographic Magazine

01-2015: Photo of the Day Award for January 10th (Light & Composition Magazine, New York)

01-2015: Editor's favorite in the assignment "Behind the Adventure", National Geographic

06-2014: Editor's favorite in the assignment "Love Shot", National Geographic

04-2014: Three out of four photos published for the exhibition and print edition of the Annual Trierenberg Super Circuit in the special theme "Mountains"

04-2014: Selected as Editor's Pick for the National Geopgraphic Traveler Contest 2014

03-2014: Editor's favorite in the assignment "Love Shots", National Geographic

01-2014: Photo published in National Geographic "Year in Review" under the section "Travel Photos"

01-2014: Featured photo in "Winter shots", National Geographic

11-2013: Editor's favorite in the assignment "Imagine If", National Geographic

My husband riding through the North Atlantic ocean on his Royal Enfield Bullet 500. South Iceland.

07-2013: Winner of Assignment 'Catch the Light', Published online and in National Geographic (NG, USA)

04-2013: Editor's Pick in National Geographic 2012 Photo Contest, week 13, category 'Places', Published online in National Geographic (NG, USA)

12-2012: Foto.Nationalgeographic.de Photo of the Day (National Geographic Germany)

12-2012: Feartured photograph in 'Best Trails of America' National Geographic Online (NG, USA)

08-2012: GEO photo of the day on August 29th (GEO, Germany)

04-2012: National Geographic Photo of the Day (04-24) and Travel Photo of the Week (National Geographic, USA)

06-2012: GEO photo of the Month, printed in GEO magazine (GEO, Germany)

03-2012: GEO photo of the day on March 13th (GEO, Germany)

02-2012: Photo of the Day Award for February 8th (Light & Composition Magazine, New York)

02-2012: Photo of the Day Award for February 1st (Light & Composition Magazine, New York)

01-2012: Photo of the Day Award for January 18th (Light & Composition Magazine, New York)

01-2012: Photo of the Day Award for January 8th (Light & Composition Magazine, New York)

01-2012: GEO photo of the day on January 5th (GEO, Germany)

12-2011: Photo of the Day Award for December 31st (Light & Composition Magazine, New York)

10-2011: GEO photo of the day on October 5th (GEO, Germany)

03-2011: 3rd place Neptun Wasserpreis photographic and art competition (A; organizer: Land Niederösterreich)

01-2011: 1st prize Touratech TravelTime photographic competition (international; organizer: Touratech, Germany)

11-2010: 39th place at GEO photographic competition "Clouds" (GEO, Germany)

10-2010: 1st prize Intermot/Photokina photographic competiton "Travel emotions on two wheels" (international; organzier: IVM, Germany)

Camera Equipment

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon Powershot G1 X Mk II
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • Canon 100-400 L IS USM f4.5-5.6
  • Canon 16-35 L USM f2.8
  • Canon 100 Macro f2.8
  • Canon 24-70 L f2.8
  • Canon 50 f1.8
  • Canon 28-80 f4.5-5.6 (old)
  • Sigma 17-35 (old)
  • Canon RC6 wireless remote control
  • Canon TC80N3 programmable remote control
  • Canon Speedlite 580 EX
  • Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod 055CXPRO3
  • Manfrotto geared head 405
  • Manfrotto 468MGRC4 hydrostatic ballhead
  • 2x-Tele-converter
  • Lowepro Nature Trekker AW
  • Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW - Street&Field System
  • Lowepro Lens Exchange Case 200 AW - Street&Field System
  • Lowepro Lens Case 11x14 - Street&Field System
  • Lowepro Street&Field Chest Harness
  • Skylight, UV-filters and Polarizers
  • some neutral density filters and grads
  • SpyderCube and SpyderCheckr for color management
  • folding reflector
  • Gossen Starlite lightmeter
  • Ram mount for carrying the camera on a motorcycle's handlebar
  • Boblbee backpack for carrying the camera when riding a motorcycle
  • Lenovo ThinkPad W520 (with Colorimeter)
  • Eizo ColorEdge CG223W

Inside out. Self portrait of Bernhard and Me at an Austrian mountain hut.

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