Urmas Tartes

Urmas Tartes

Urmas Tartes in 2013.

Urmas Tartes in 2013.
Born September 19, 1963 (1963-09-19) (age 53)
Tartu, Estonia

Urmas Tartes (September 19, 1963) is an Estonian biologist and nature photographer.

He ended his studies in Nõo Secondary school in 1982 with a gold medal and graduated from University of Tartu in 1989 with cum laude as biologist-zoologist. He became Doctor of Philosophy in 1995 with a thesis "Respiration Rhythms in Insects".[1]

Since 1989 he worked in Estonian Institute of Zoology and Botany. Between 1996 and 2004 he served as the director of the institute. In 2005–2010 he was a professor in Estonian University of Life Sciences. From then on, he continued as a freelance nature photographer and writer.


He was the recipient of the Fourth Class of Order of the White Star in 2001.[2]

In 2009 he won Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the category "Animals in their Environment" with a photo of a springtail on a snowflake.[3]




Tartes has co-authored several books:


  1. Urmas Tartes Estonian Research Portal
  2. Urmas Tartes Estonian State Decorations
  3. Leaping wolf snatches photo prize BBC Earth news, 21 October 2009
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