From the 18th to 21st of October, the 4 days photo open the doors of the Citadelle to discover 21 nature photos exhibitions. 17 indoor and 4 outdoor exhibitions offer a complete tour of the magnificent rooms of this prestigious site. Also take advantage of the beautiful selected photos from the "Wild Wallonia" category of the 2018 Photo Contest.


Schedule : from 10 am to 6 pm, from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st October
Price : Free



Saru - Singes du Japon

Alexandre BONNEFOY

The Japanese macaques are monkeys with a fascinating behaviour. They have been called the snow monkeys: they are able to live in extreme conditions. During three seasons, Alexandre followed them from the snow-covered plains of the Shimokita peninsula to the Unesco World Heritage forests of the Yakushima Island in the south of the Nippon archipelago.

Lièvres, les oreilles de la plaine

Annie and Philippe CHENET

Their ears, real radars, indicate the perception they have of their immediate environment. Twenty pictures out of several thousand they have taken in the course of ten years: from the new-born leveret nestling against a limestone in the Beauce, passing by the ‘adolescents’ of the year, genuine, uncaring, discovering life in the spring, to the more seasoned adults who have already endured the vicissitudes of a hunting season.

Afrique Sauvage : du Blanc au Noir


This series of pictures was realised in South Africa, in Botswana and in Zambia. The photographs are mostly based on backlight, declining the High Key and Low Key techniques with the only available natural light. These pictures were also made to highlight the endangered species – preys as well as predators – these being intimately bound in equilibrium – to make us aware of their decline.



For nearly ten years, Marc has spent time by the side of this emblematic and fascinating bird, so discreet in spite of his flaming colours. How can we take new pictures of this so often photographed kingfisher? Marc has found an answer in the colours surrounding the bird. The many varied colours nature is providing have offered him many opportunities for different backgrounds. This exhibition’s leitmotif is, of course, colour, the kingfisher’s colours but also the colours offered by this wonderful bird’s background and environment.

Le Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, un paradis perdu en péril


The Grand Staircase, situated in Utah, is little known to a large public. Up to the end of 2017, this vast expanse of deserts and deep and narrow canyons was protected by its statute of National Monument. This is, regretfully, no longer so. This region, which has been for years the remotest of the USA, hosts numerous geological and archaeological treasures as well as a fragile fauna and a delicate flora. This exhibition shows a few examples of these species before they could disappear as the victims of stupidity and the pursuit of profit.

Oiseaux de ma région


The images introduce us to the fauna and the birds of the Venoge River valley. The kingfisher, the dipper, as well as a great variety of birds living in the forests near the river, day and night birds of prey, and waders of the river mouth…a large selection of this region’s species. His book, which he will be pleased to propose, represents his work more completely.

Au clair de l’Eau Noire

Jean-Pierre FRIPPIAT

The Eau Noire! A memory of the schoolboy I was, colouring a blank map with all the streams and rivers of Belgium. The Eau noire (Black Water) joining the Eau Blanche (White Water) to give birth to the Viroin, which flows into the Meuse, to eventually reach the sea. Very early the Eau noire penetrates deeply into the forest, gathering its mysteries. When it comes out of the forest to flow in the light, the water’s shimmering reflections nourish the imaginary.


Nathalie HOUDIN

Ice….its many aspects are fascinating! Colourless or white, bluish in many layers or letting permeate the shades of the elements it is covering and sometimes amazing in such a creative way, the ice appears in a whole range of colours, textures and shapes! These are as diverse and astonishing as they are ephemeral; they are varying constantly in the soft light of an instant. These creations are unique, they are constantly changing and they exist one time only!



This exhibition appears like a journey in wild nature scenes echoing with human emotions. These landscapes will be acting as a medium to lead the contemplative observer to a catharsis, the cleansing of emotions along a well-defined journey of pictures. Flowing or still water, as a metaphor of time, and then mists as a metaphor of the mind, this are the Ariadne’s thread accompanying his or her reflexion.

Jardin à plumes

Philippe MOËS

Did you know this? According to the way we are managing our gardens we can aggravate the loss of biodiversity or, on the contrary, participate in its redevelopment! Let’s not forget the birds, and after recalling the needs of some tens of different species living in those spaces, the exhibition and the book “Feathered garden” introduce us to different practical ‘facilities’ to accommodate birds, for our back-gardens to be transformed into a mosaic teeming with feathered life, for our pleasure and that of the coming generations!

Bandits Manchots


In the Antarctic spring the penguins leave the ocean where they live for the longest part of the year to go back to the earth where they reach their breeding sites, to nest and raise their chicks. They form groups per species and form colonies. The photographer went to the Falkland Islands at that very moment to make pictures of four different species, the Papuan Penguin, the Royal Penguin, the Magellan Penguin and the Rockhopper Penguin.

Rapaces pyrénéens

Ghislaine et Thierry NICAISE

This exhibition is dedicated to the Pyrenean birds of prey; with their pictures they endeavour to show us what is fascinating them in these birds, the elegance, the countenance, their adaptation to their environment and their behaviour of predators at the top of the food chain. It took them more than ten years to achieve this through a one-hundred-percent personal approach.



”The Poetry of the Earth never dies.” About 4.54 billion years ago the earth took form. About one billion years later, life and the following biological evolution appeared too. The world geography transformed itself according to the movements of the tectonic plates. The oceans and the sea gradually found their place. Time did the rest. Natural erosion is bringing changes. Later the human beings and their beliefs came. The Gaia (Greek goddess) exhibition invites you to a journey to share its visual treasures.

Les yeux du Harfang

Grégory POL

As an emblematic species of the Great North, this beautiful white bird has been photographed many times in impressive hunting attitudes. Far from the feeding techniques used to catch pictures of this animal, Gregory’s pictures are bringing something new about the perception of this so well-known bird. Gregory spent four winters walking across the hills of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Newfoundland and Greenland. He made the choice to work in black and white to enhance the graphic aspect of this white angel who came from the cold.

Ombres et lumières de l’Afrique sauvage

Véronique and Patrice QUILLARD

The pictures they are presenting us are the result of a work of love for the powerful, exuberant, unique and highly endangered Wild Africa. This is the story of a nature which is so powerful that it is a universe in itself. It is also a story of vibrations, reverberations, games of light, shadows and backlights, a story of atmospheres, tableaus and mysteries that have allowed them to capture the so particular and fascinating character of wild Africa.

Percées de lumières


The pictures were made in Southern France, which is rich with remarkable species. They have spent hours looking for the Eurasian hoepoe, the glossy ibis, the European bee-eater and many other species. This series, as you will see, is highly colourful. Colour is part of his vision of the Wild Nature. Magic, colours, atmospheres …and a good dose of reverie!

Un Monde de Natures

Pascale SMEESTERS and Bao DANG

To each region of the world its own nature! With or without seasons, rich or poor qua biodiversity, magnificent or modest!  Nature influences the human beings who adapt themselves and create their world starting from that nature. Is human being made to be part of Nature? Is Nature sacred? Are we supposed to tame it or to let it be wild? Born after a one-year trip around the world, this exhibition invites you on a philosophical and photographical journey through Iceland, the United States of America, Costa Rica, Patagonia, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland and Belgium.

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As part of the Moroccan year 2018 dedicated to that country by the WBI (Wallonie-Bruxelles International) and of the new partnership between the FINN and the Moroccan Forest Administration, we are presenting this year a photo exhibition of their exceptional Wild Heritage at the Citadel of Namur. These images will enchant you and persuade you to visit that region with its one thousand faces.

Concours Photos AgriNature 2018

You are invited to discover 48 photographs of the Walloon flora and fauna. This year’s theme, “Who is going to feed our cities tomorrow?” is a theme that touches on the topics of agriculture, environment but also of humans and the future. The intention is to show us that agriculture can be found all around us, even in cities, that many projects are being implemented as well in the rural as in the urban environments, aiming at more proximity.

Concours Photos de Montier-en-Der 2017

You will see a part of the results of the Montier-en-Der photo competition 2017: a selection of 33 pictures among the 100 photographs that were selected by a jury of professionals. The Montier-en-Der Festival takes place every year during the 3rd weekend of November.

Festival de Rambouillet

This exhibition was extracted from the selection of the Festival of Wildlife Photography of Rambouillet. It represents, with the 20 best photographs that were selected by the jury of the competition, a part of the wild fauna of the French regions. The photographs were taken mostly in the Rambouillet forest by 12 professional or amateur photographers.

Du 18 au 21 octobre, à La Citadelle de Namur, revêtissez votre tenue de camouflage pour vous approcher au plus près de la faune wallonne, grâce à l’envoûtante catégorie « Wallonie sauvage » de notre concours. Les photos primées du Concours vous y attendent également !

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