Hi, my name is Özkan Özmen. I am a wildlife photographer from Turkey. I remember so clearly the goosebumps, when i was flipping the pages of that book in the library '' wildlife photographer of the year ''. 

When i closed its last page, i knew immediately, this was the very first day of my wildlife photography adventure.  


With African savanna being my childhood dream, it was not difficult to decide where to start. I was fortunate to photograph wildlife in wonderful places like Masai Mara, Kruger, Pilanesberg, Kgalagadi and Etosha.  


I am the founder of Big Lens Adventures. A website dedicated to wildlife photography, where i share my images, sell my photo prints as well as handmade wildlife photography equipment, and a blog for sharing my experiences and equipment reviews. The name comes from the adventures i lived with my big lens.


In the meantime my work won awards, were published & exhibited in various national & international magazines and exhibitions.






- Zoological Society of London wildlife photohography competition

Category: Urban City Life - Photo: Baby Baboon


-Izmir conservation and development of Bird Paradise Photo Safari Competition

- 2 x Honorable Mention and Exhibition




- National Geographic Turkey Magazine 

50 best photos of the last 5 years  Photo: Giant Kingfisher (August 2015)





[Africa Africa] Personal photo exhibition in Kuşadası İbramaki Art Gallery


Digital SLR Photography Magazine Turkey

Portfolio of the Month: Strobist in African savanna (December 2014 )


- Smithsonian Magazine

2x Photo of the day


- Pocketwizard blog 

Article: Özkan Özmen goes on a Portrait Safari





U.S.A National Wildlife Ptotography contest

Honorable mention Price   Photo: Born to be Brutal


Camerapixo Photography Magazine inspiring hotshots

Published Photo: Leopard of Masai Mara



Photo of the day:  Photo: Watching documentary with the lion cub


IG Metall - Germany Calender

Exhibited photo: Respect the nature




Nature History Museum Mainz Germany :

Exhibited  Photo: Colours




Kuşadası Photo Marathon

Special price winner  Photo: Wings of Kuşadası