We are the Sole North American Retailer of all Tragopan Products
We got tired of cutting holes in cheap hunting blinds too! So we started designing premium photography blinds suited to the needs of photographers.
At Tragopan, we believe in putting wildlife welfare first. It is the main reason we started this business: to promote the practice of using photography blinds and concealment to lessen our cumulative and individual impacts on wildlife and habitat. We also know this approach creates unique opportunities for photography!
Using blinds benefits wildlife and photographers in many ways:
- It eliminates foot pursuit that can cause wildlife to flush, flee, or change their behavior.
- It spreads photographers out, reducing impacts on habitat and popular locations.
- It gets photographers closer to wildlife, more often, without impact.
- It opens up new opportunities closer to home where animals may be less approachable.
- It increases chances to photograph natural, undisturbed behavior.
- It allows us to create unique images in new places, instead of creating the same images at the same places everyone else goes.
WHO WE ARE
Gerrit Vyn is a Wildlife Photographer and Cinematographer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a Senior Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers and has been photographing birds and wildlife professionally for the last 25 years. He is best known for his work documenting endangered birds around the world and frequently works from blinds in difficult field conditions. Gerrit met Jonathan in 2013 while filming Spoon-billed Sandpipers in South China and was introduced to the early model Tragopan blinds. Having grown tired of destroying cheap hunting blinds, and impressed with Jonathan’s blinds and passion for producing quality products for wildlife photography, Gerrit began representing Tragopan products in North America and has been providing product improvement input and new product ideas ever since. Follow Gerrit on Instagram @gerritvyn
Jonathan Martinez is a French birder, wildlife photographer, and the founder of Tragopan. He has been fascinated by ornithology and photography since childhood and spent 10 years living and working in China where he was a specialty luggage designer. In China, Jonathan travelled extensively in search of birds and became a regional authority on South China’s birdlife and little known species like Swinhoe’s Plover and Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Dissatisfied with some of the specialized equipment he was using for wildlife photography, especially photography blinds, Jonathan launched Tragopan in 2010. Since then he has led the design and manufacture of Tragopan equipment and is continually seeking innovative improvements and new product ideas for the wildlife photographer.