image copyright Canon AIPP APPA photography Competition 2012
Awarded Gold in the Science, Environment & Nature Category
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The Hunger

In a place called Cendrawasih Bay in West Papua, whalesharks congregate in great numbers to feed in the rich waters. filter feeding on small fish and plankton these sharks have a healthy appetite and very rarely stop eating for anything. But the reason they are so abundant is because the local fisherman share their catch with these giants and now the sharks know they can sometimes get an easy feed from the fisherman on the Began’s. being in the water with several hungry whalesharks that have no concern for your personal space is hectic to say the least. they will literally squeeze you out of the way to get to the bait fish caught in the nets. truly a spectacular event to witness, just watch you don’t get knocked out by these pushy giants.

whale sharks Cendrawasih Bay

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The 2015 Australian Island Workshop

Stay tuned for some of the photography workshops we are scheduling for 2015 to some of the most remote and picturesque Islands around Australia.


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Christmas and Cocos Island

Christmas Island is one of the truly amazing places on the planet. with the most unique migration of any species. I am talking about the Red Crab migration. each year millions of crabs migrate from the surrounding forest down to the beaches for that one perfect night to drop their eggs into the ocean. I cant describe how phenomenal this event is. Not to mention the amazing creatures in the water that also come for this event, whale sharks and manta rays feed on the larvae. it is such a Picturesque place topped by viewing this rare event. I was in crab paradise. I spent most of my time in Christmas Island but also managed to get across to Cocos which is equally beautiful but by contrast very different. I haven’t quite finished with these 2 Australian territories just yet, look forward to getting back there again in the near future.

Christmas and Cocos Island

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Winner in 3 Categories at the Underwater Festival

Some amazing shots across a number of categories at the Underwater Festival shootout 2013. I was honoured with 2 awards in the Big Stuff and Humans Category, along with the Ultra Short Video category. Check out some of the amazing photos in this year’s shootout:

Blue Marlin - Underwater festival 2013 Big-Stuff Category

Underwater festival 2013 Humans Category

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