Photography, visual storytelling, illustration and outdoor publications by freelancer Sander van der Werf. I combine my passion for photography with my love for the mountains and outdoor sports. I photograph with a full-frame mirrorless Sony and work with Apple .



In Questmas winners gallery

Looking at the moon setting at a beautiful dawn near the Matterhorn from the Riffelsee.



  • Shutterstock is secondary, B, now
    Like many creatives and content creators, my photo’s and footage can no longer be found first at Shutterstock. I had to temporarily disable my portfolio here out of protest, Shutterstock slashed royalties by about 73% in the middle of a pandemic on June 1. This has a massif negative impact on our income and is... Read more »
  • In gallery Questmas winners 500px
    Very cool that my photo ‘First Light’ is in the gallery 2018 Questmas winners! It’s very rewarding to see it in this Gallery. Especially after al the effort it took, I hiked to the Riffelsee from the Stellisee and had some cold nights in a in a single wall tent, to take this shot. And... Read more »
  • Editors’ Choice at 500px
    I’m honoured that another photo of mine is Editors’ Choice at 500px. It’s very nice to be appreciated like this, and to get a bit of recognition for the architecture and minimalism/graphic photography I like to do, but do way to little. Thanx 500px, it is really motivating!   Link to photo at 500px:  ... Read more »




My tent at the Riffelsee and Matterhorn at dusk.

Ticino Sunrise

Enjoying the view from a bivouac in the Ticino mountains.

Sweet dreams

My tent high in the mountains under the milky way.


Hi, I'm Sander van der Werf. I studied illustration, and a year graphic design, at Art Academy Minerva in Groningen, the Netherlands. As a big outdoors enthusiast, over the years I started to focus more on outdoor photography and less on making illustrations and wallpaintings. Consequently, I became specialised in outdoor-, travel-, landscape photography.

My photo's and articles have been published magazines like National Geographic Traveler (Dutch edition), special ‘Outdoor & Adventure’, Op Pad, Bergen Magazine, Columbus Magazine, Noorderland, Zoom, Outdoor Magazine and Hoogtelijn. Favourite subjects are landscapes, hiking, camping, and winter adventure. For the ‘Adventure’ serie of publisher Dominicus I made the hiking guide ‘Trekking in Zweden’.

Usually I work freelance, and photograph, shoot footage and tell visual stories for various Stock agencies. However, I also shoot commercially, and obviously I'm always interested in photography assignments. In- and outdoors!

I photograph and shoot video with a full frame Sony and work with Apple, Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC. Camera bags by Peak Design, F-Stop and ClikElite together with a Leofoto Ranger LS 254C tripod, a Glidetrack SD slider and LEE ND filters complement my gear.

  • Shutterstock

  • Adobe Stock

  • iStock

  • Nationale Beeldbank

  • Werk aan de muur

  • 500px


Most of my photo’s are available for print or at the (stockphoto) agencies shown left. My photo’s and footage can no longer be found at Shutterstock. I have disabled my portfolio here out of protest, because Shutterstock slashed royalties by about 73%.

If you are interested in licensing an image directly from me, please feel free to contact me, so we discuss the possibilities.

If you are looking for a big image on your wall, printing on high quality canvas or dibond is a nice option. You can order the prints directly with me. Simply use the contact form, Skype or call me. All prices include VAT (BTW) and shipping costs in the Netherlands.

40 x 60 € 65,-
50 x 70 € 80,-
60 x 90 € 95,-

40 x 60 € 85,-
50 x 70 € 105,-
60 x 90 € 135,-


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If you want more information, have any questions or simply want to get in touch with me, just use the email form below, Skype me or call me on my 06 number.