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Best of Portfolios 2020 : Mofeed Abu Shalwa


 Project Small Monsters

A group of rare beetles around the world, which I photographed with focus stacking technology.

This project contains thousands of images integrated into the program Zerene Stacker. I traveled to more than seven forests around the world, including Amazon forests, Austrian forests and forests in Malaysia, just to look for these species of beetles, which are threatened with extinction.

One of them Scarab beetles “Pharaonic Scarab”. These species date back to Pharaonic times and constitute 30% of the world of the animal as a whole, classified and used by the Pharaohs as the oldest insect. Some scientists believe that the modern beetle began 140 million years ago, but modern research in 2007 showed an archaeological history dating back to the era of the Paleozoic era, about 265 to 300 million years ago.

Most of the beetles may be dark in some species, bright or shiny with different shapes and lines. Most of these beetles also have oval and convex shapes, and their sensory horns are distinctly shaped, divided into parts that can be combined with their individuality.

They feed on a variety of materials, most of which are decomposing materials such as manure, fungi, some plant species and nectar, Also some beetles in this project feed on meat and predator.


My name is Mofeed Abu Shalwa

Professional photographer and Scientific Researcher in the Canadian Environmental Group to study the behavior of insects / beetles.

Specializing in macro photography since 2010.

I have covered more than 17 world countries, including Brazil’s Amazon forests, rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia and the forests of Austria

I got 4 global titles QPSA – AFIAP – GPU – Crown 2

Got 134 global awards in macro photography.. and more than 80 distinctive photographs were been considered in international websites

I have several interviews in Channel Al Arabiya, Rotana and mbc, and I have more than 43 news articles

My business got 10 million views on the youpic website.



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