Jeffrey van Houten - Cameraman and photographer
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Ruimteschip Aarde

Wildlife unit

Onze Natuur

Camera assistant / 2nd unit

Silence of the Tides

Camera assistant / wildlife unit

WILD the movie

Camera assistant / additional photography


North Sea – Nature untamed

Camera assistant / 2nd unit

De grutto was hier!

Wildlife unit

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Ruimteschip Aarde can be watched weekly on KRO-NCRV on NPO 1 and NPO at 8:30 p.m. starting Wednesday, Feb. 22.

February, 2023. In KRO-NCRV’s new documentary series Ruimteschip Aarde, you’ll get a different view of the world, and the Netherlands, together with André Kuipers. From space, André Kuipers, stunning nature images take you on a magical journey of discovery. Experience how beautiful and fragile our planet is in this documentary series.

‘Onze Natuur, The Movie’ wins awards at Ensors Gala

February, 2023. ‘Onze Natuur, The Movie’ has been victorious in the Best Documentary (Film) category. It is not only a beautiful and valuable recognition for all the hard work of the entire team, but also a big boost for the beautiful but fragile Belgian nature.

Canvas brings Onze Natuur to the Flemish living rooms

January, 2023. After the huge cinema success of Onze Natuur, the Movie, VRT and Hotel Hungaria are bringing the wilderness of Belgium even closer with the long-awaited documentary series on Canvas and VRT MAX in 7 episodes.

More than 250,000 visitors have already seen Onze Natuur in the cinema

December, 2022. Hotel Hungaria: “A quarter of a million Belgians have already seen the documentary on the big screen, which is a great result for a Belgium made film.

Silence of the Tides is a spectacular love letter to the Wadden sea ★★★★☆

March, 2022. A 4-star review in the Volkskrant (newspaper). Kevin Toma: “Cameraman Dick Harrewijn’s images are among the most hallucinatory in Dutch cinema.”

Silence of the tides is nominated for two ‘Gouden Kalveren’ at the Dutch Film Festival

October, 2021. Silence of the Tides is nominated in two categories for a ‘Gouden Kalf’: one for the best long documentary and one for the best sound design. On Friday, the awards will be presented during the Dutch Filmfestival in Utrecht. Unfortunately, Silence of the tides did not won a Gouden Kalf.


The dark night sky was illuminated by a faint glow of stars, providing a guiding light as we set sail on our journey. We were on assignment with the Najade for the Kampioen (ANWB), a flatboat, and with forester Arjen Postma, we were headed to one of the wildest places in the Netherlands: the Wadden Sea. This expanse stretches from Den Helder in the Netherlands to Esbjerg in Denmark, with a coastline of 500 km and an average width of only twenty kilometers. Its area spans 10,000 square kilometers, of which, about 7,500 square kilometers is tidal.

As we sailed out into the night, the water was perfectly still, and a sense of calming energy engulfed us. We were on our way to experience pure nature, and the anticipation was palpable. After hours of sailing, we made landfall on a sandbar, having arrived in the most dynamic area of our country, where incipient mussel beds could be potentially found. As the sun began to rise, we took in the beauty of the Wadden Sea in all its glory.

This series was created for the The Champion in issue 01/2022.

For National Geographic, I had the pleasure of doing a series on the ancient tradition of ‘wilderness flapping’. For centuries, this was the way to catch a variety of meadow birds. Today, a few permits have been granted to wilderness fliers who are using their skills for science. NIOZ, a scientific research institute, uses this method to place GPS transmitters on the backs of Bar-tailed godwits. The transmitter weighs no more than 5% of the bird’s body weight, so it has no ill effects.

By using the latest technology, scientists are able to observe the behaviour of the Bar-tailed godwit. Their movements tell a story of global warming, but also of our relationship with the Wadden Sea and the meadows. The solar panel on the transmitter ensures that the data collected from the godwits is available for a long time – information which is crucial for the survival of this species.

This series was posted in National Geopgrahic 09/2022 with text by Rob Buiter.

The Netherlands is a country filled with highways and asphalt, which has caused fragmentation of natural wildlife habitats in recent years. Despite our efforts to reconnect these habitats, fragmentation continues to occur. This has caused a lot of species to lose their homes.But it’s not all doom and gloom. For some species, highways can actually create new habitats. Take the A1 highway for example, which has become a home for Asian water buffalo. Other species, such as storks and red ants, can live alongside the highways without being affected.

I recently ventured out to see how nature is faring along our highways. At 70 mph, you wouldn’t expect to see a lot, but if you look closely, there’s a small piece of the natural world that has managed to survive. It’s up to us to ensure that biodiversity increases, rather than decreases. This can be done through measures such as flowery roadsides and creating nesting opportunities for birds. By doing this, we can create a new type of nature around our highways – one that helps, rather than harms, our wildlife.

This series was created for the De Kampioen in issue 06/2022.

The number of geese wintering and breeding in the Netherlands has grown significantly in recent years, and as a nature lover, I was thrilled. But during my studies, I found out that too many geese also bring issues. Farmers in particular experience great distress from the large flocks of birds: they eat the crops and trample the land. This contradiction is very interesting, as we do all we can to monitor and regulate the geese population, yet they continue to thrive on our soil. Through this series, I have explored this tension by taking a closer look into the lives of hunters, farmers, scientists, and others who are affected. Such a serious topic deserves due consideration.

Groene camera, jury report: “In this series we see how humans battle the large population of geese in our country. A wealth that is by no means appreciated by everyone. Again and again, man invents ways to limit nuisance from geese. From shucking eggs, gassing, setting up special refuge areas to directly shooting them. Eventually, many end up on a chef’s table. The series takes us through the various methods of control, but the photographer does not pass judgment. With his objective way of recording, he leaves it to the viewer to form his own opinion.”

This series was named a winner at the Groene Camera in 2020.

Jeffrey has always been in love with nature. As a child, he spent much of his time exploring the Veluwe, where his passion for wildlife and photography began to grow. This passion led him to pursue a degree in forest and nature conservation at Wageningen University, and later to his involvement in different wildlife productions. His commitment to documenting the natural world has allowed him to achieve great success in his career, including WILD (cinema film about the Veluwe), a year of mentoring at National Geographic, and camera assistant work on the film ‘Silence of the Tides’. He has also been involved in productions like ‘Onze Natuur’, ‘Ruimteschip Aarde’ and ‘The Wild North – Sea Untamed’, all of which perfectly fit his ambitions and interests. Through his dedication and passion, Jeffrey has been able to capture the beauty and majesty of the natural world. His work stands as a reminder of the importance of preserving nature, ensuring future generations can continue to experience its wonder.

Jeffrey works primarily on wildlife projects for cinema and/or television. There, he works as a cameraman and second wildlife unit or as a camera assistant on the larger shoots. He has experience with long lens (50-1000mm), high performance cameras (Sony Venice, FX9, FX6, Varicam), drones (Mavic 3, Inspire 2), timelapse, gimbals (Movi Pro, DJI RS2 & RS3), macro (probe or extereme macro), jibs, sliders and slow-motion (phantom flex). There is always a possibility to go out there and film the wildlife, whether it is raining, snowing or when it is +45 degrees in summer. In addition, Jeffrey has a converted campervan that can provide the set with coffee, heat, coolness (air conditioning) or a good amount of power (for drones and camera batteries).

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Jeffrey van Houten

Arnhem, Netherlands