Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

I am so very honoured to be the 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Being awarded in one of the most prestigious and respected nature photography competitions in Australia if not the world, is a privilege to say the least.

I am ecstatic to be recognized for my work and humbled to be among such a high calibre of photographers. This is one of my proudest moments.

Navigating a Covid-19 year has been difficult for many nature photographers, but it has taught us that we live in one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world. Australia’s coast, desserts, reefs, and rainforests hold a plethora of subject matter to discover, not to mention the diversity of wildlife above and below the surface.

I am passionate about the ocean and its inhabitants, and a lot of my work is centered around conservation and protection of various marine species. But I am a little obsessed with Seadragons, so I was very excited when I found out that my image of a Leafy Seadragon was selected as the overall winner. Not to mention that I was also the winner in the Endangered Species category with my image of the declining grey nurse shark.

 

Whale Vision Exhibition in Reykjavík

The Whale Vision Exhibition premiered in Iceland’s capital with hundreds of visitors stopping by each day at the first whale conservation exhibition organized by the conservation group “Hard to Port”. My work was exhibited with some of the worlds best whale photographers to help support education and hopefully inspire others to act for our oceans and their inhabitants.

“Coming eye to eye with an intelligent being like a humpback whale can be life changing for many people. The connection you experience when you look in the eye of a 40 tonne humpback whale can evoke so many emotions. Happiness, curiosity, empathy, we look into their eyes with questions with very few answers. It is a look of understanding and acceptance. The Humpback whales of Tonga have this effect on people and the ability to touch our souls. Our oceans are vulnerable and the marine creatures that live in them face many challenges, connecting people with the ocean and its unique inhabitants is how we can protect them.”

Protecting the Australian Giant Cuttlefish – Travel Feature

 

As the Australian Giant Cuttlefish Aggregation comes into full swing, it s time to talk about protection of this iconic natural event. I recently did an interview with Chris and Laura Travels about this phenomenon and what it means to tourism and how awareness and protection of the marine environment during this vulnerable mating period is what will ensure the protection of the species. you can see the full article here

Team Australia take out the Photographic World Cup

The World Photographic Cup is an international competition where countries get the opportunity to enter a portfolio of images to be presented and judged on the world stage.
AIPP, as the representative body for photography in Australia, submits work from selected members as Team Australia. I am proud to be a part of team Australia for this prestigious award.
The efforts of our finalists were enough to bring home the World Photographic Cup, first place overall!! Australia is now only the third country to achieve the feat of winning the WPC TWICE.
Huge congratulations to the fellow Aussie team;
Forough Yavari
Joshua Holko
Andy Cheung
Steve Scalone

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