Many people don’t realise how much diversity there is in the underwater world around Sydney beaches. I spent a lot of time in the water in 2011 photographing the various creatures we can find in our own back yard. Cuttlefish, Octopus, Sea Horses, Weedy Sea Dragons, Nudibranchs, Shrimp, Moray Eels, Port Jackson sharks and Wobbygong sharks to name just a few. I seriously recommend any underwater photographer taking the time to try diving Sydney and explore what it has to offer.
I recently was approached by an artist, Patrick LaMontagne, who creates unique cartoon characters of various wildlife and has put together a collection of these wildlife cartoon totems. He asked permission to use a particular Humpback calf photo I took in Tonga last year and explained what he was trying to achieve. I didn’t know what the end result would be but the final humpback inspired artwork piece is very engaging. It is always flattering when someone is inspired by your work and as you can see below the results are truly amazing. Patrick is a very talented artist and I look forward to seeing more of his work. For anyone interested in his collection you can visit his site at http://www.cartoonink.com/
Just found out that I won third prize in the Epson World Shootout Underwater Grand Prix for 2011 for the wide angle category. There were some great entries for this event and I feel privileged to be awarded along side some amazing photographers. you can checkout some of the photos at the World Shoot out website. The shot below was taken in swallows cave in Vava’u Tonga and no matter how many times I come back to Tonga this is always a favourite spot for taking photos. and special thanks to my model Rebecca Hayter for patiently holding her breath so I could capture the light and colour.
As many of you know I am a keen advocate for the preservation of whales and spend half my life in the water photographing these amazing creatures. It was privilege to meet the Captain and Founder of Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson, last night as the conservation group try and raise enough money to fuel their campaign to Antarctica to stop the Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean in Australian and New Zealand Antarctic territory. Hope this is the year they end whaling.
Sea Shepherd are an ocean conservation organisation:
“Established in 1977, our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. We use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.”