Privileged to be awarded 3 x silvers at the AIPP NSW state awards with some shots from places visited last year. The awarded photographs include a humpback whale, a whale shark and a monitor lizard.
The AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) is the largest member organisation for professional photographers, who must pass a rigorous AIPP accreditation process in order to be a part of this exclusive club. The purpose of the awards is to promote creativity and innovation in image making. It is judged across several categories, including Impact, Creativity & Style, Composition, Image or Print Presentation, Centre of Interest, Lighting, Colour Balance, Technical excellence, Photographic Technique and Story Telling & Subject Matter. I am privileged to receive these awards in the NSW category.
Ever thought about snorkeling with Leopard Seals or Penguins, or diving beneath the ice in a polar region, or just exploring the landscape and it’s natural wonders. Antarctica is the most remote destination on the planet. Abundant wildlife, massive icebergs the size of cities, spectacular untouched mountain ranges. whales glide by in search of food. It is a photographers paradise.
In December/January 2016/17 we are running a snorkeling and photography trip to Antarctica. Spend NYE in Antarctica, the last remaining wilderness on the planet. The workshops are designed for all levels and if you are feeling brave you can grab a drysuit and get in the water for a different perspective.
Snorkeling/Diving in Antarctica with Leopard seals and Penguins
Exploring the landscape surrounded by Icebergs and an abundance of wildlife
Dates:25-12-2016 to 04-01-2017 Duration: 11 days | Fly/Sail Start:Punta Arenas, Chile (fly to King George Island, Antarctica) Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina Ship:Polar Pioneer Activities: Snorkeling/Diving, Kayaking (US$975 Supplement)
Included: Accommodation on board Polar Pioneer, All meals, Lectures, Naturalists, Photography Guidance, flight from Punta Arenas to King George island and all facilities.
PRICE PER PERSON
Triple, shared facilities
Twin, shared facilities
Twin, private facilities
Snorkeling/Diving Supplement US$975
To register your interest to join us in Antarctica for this once in a life time experience, click here.
Pre departure information for this tour, click here
Make your way to our joining hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile. This evening’s briefing will prepare us for our charter flight and our first leg of our expedition to Antarctica!
We first fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica to be warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We settle in for safety and environmental briefings to prepare us for landings as we set off across Bransfield Strait.
We wake in the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. Zodiac cruising brings us close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes whilst our kayakers glide into secluded bays.
Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory, especially if it involves a bum-slide down snow slopes. We immerse ourselves in nature, spontaneity and having fun, making sure to pause and celebrate as we bring in the New Year.
We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, we’ll have a sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!
As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories.
We enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. We disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savour more time in Ushuaia.
Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.
They say the best laid plans of mice and men, well the plan was to get down to Antarctica, get some helicopters, see some Emperor penguins and come home content. However in Antarctica, things don’t always go to Plan and you usually have to deal with what you get. In this instance the trip of a lifetime did not quite deliver. But despite the various mishaps and not reaching our goal, Antarctica is the most beautiful pristine place on the planet, and what you do get to see is quite spectacular to say the least. Even a not-ideal trip to Antarctica is still out of this world. So focusing on the positive here is a glimpse of what you can see in unpredictable Antarctica.
And if you like this, then save your pennies and join us in 2016 on an expedition to South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula, I can assure you it will be a trip of a lifetime as you visit the most amazing parts of Antarctica and the Sub Antarctic Islands.
I have been visiting Tonga for 13 years and spent many hours on the water photographing Humpback whales and I can tell you, every time I get in the water with these magnificent creatures, I am just as excited as the first time. Tonga has so much to offer, picturesque landscapes and underwater environments makes this place paradise for Photographers, and don’t forget the added bonus that you can swim with whales. It really is still paradise. Every year I see something different or have one of those unforgettable encounters. This year I had a baby whale shoot up from the depths and breach half a meter in front of me, exhilarating to say the least. This year Travel & Fashion Blogger, Laura McWhinnie from This Island life did an interview piece about her time in Tonga with us, check out the article here:
This year we started the Tongan Fluke Collective, which encourages visiting photographers to donate Fluke shots to help ID the different individual whales that come to Tonga each year. You can find out more about the program here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tonganflukecollective/ – Anyway we will be running a number of Photographic tours in the next year or so to various destinations, so stay tuned.