Awards

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022

Being awarded at the 2022 Wildlife Photographer of the Year in London, the most prestigious photography competition in the world, is an honour and a privilege to say the least. I truly am ecstatic to be recognized for my work and humbled to be among such talented photographers, competing on the world stage. One of my proudest moments and career highlights. We enjoyed an unforgettable night as we dined in the great hall of the Natural History Museum under the impressive blue whale skeleton, stunning architecture, and great company, as the top 100 award winning images in the world chosen from over 40,000 submissions from 93 different countries, were revealed to a room full of excited photographers. This image has a very special meaning for me and to have it showcased to the world, truly is an honour and makes me so happy that the judges chose to award this photograph.

In the temperate waters of the southern parts of Australia, a truly unique wonder lies hidden, camouflaged by nature, an evolutionary chameleon of the ocean. Leafy seadragons inhabit shallow reefs and seagrass meadows from South Australia, across to Western Australia.  As with much of our marine life, they are under threat from habitat loss, the impact of climate change warming our oceans and increased pollutants from human excess. Off Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, a curious Australian sea lion came in close, rolling around in the kelp, shifting her gaze between me and the Leafy seadragon. This dual portrait captures a rarely seen interaction between these two elusive and endangered species showing the vulnerability of both.

 

World Photography Cup top 10 finalist in Nature category for Australia

Proud to be part of the AIPP team representing Australia in the World Photography Cup 2021. Announced this week my image “Killer Instincts” made the top 10 finalist in Nature category for Australia. This is one of the most prestigious fine art photographic competitions of the year with some of the best images and image makers from across the globe. The 2021 announcement is scheduled for April.

https://www.worldphotographiccup.org/wpc_gallery/finalists-2021/

 

Scott Portelli photgraphing an Elephant Seal

Videographer of the Month – Dive Photo Guide

Dive Photo Guide (DPG) honoured me with their videographer of the month accolade, sharing some of my favourite videos alongside an interview on their website:

DPG Videographer of the Month

 

“If the name Scott Portelli means anything to you, it’s probably because either this archetypal amiable Aussie is a good mate, or you’ve feasted your eyes on his exceptional images. Over the years, this consummate pro has picked up numerous awards for his underwater photography, including the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year and national winner at the Sony World Photography Awards.

But Scott doesn’t just trek to some of the world’s remotest corners with only still imagery in mind. He’s also an accomplished underwater videographer who has filmed everything from leopard seals in Antarctica and humpbacks in Tonga to whale sharks in Papua New Guinea and, of course, the spectacular landscapes and seascapes Down Under. Oh, and if you need majestic aerial views of the planet’s extreme places, Scott’s also got you covered: He’s a licenced UAV pilot, too.

What ties together all of Scott’s work, however, is an impressive storytelling ability that allows him to capture succinctly the essence of his creature subjects, whether it’s in the single frame of a photo or the moving pictures of just one or two minutes of film.”
–  Ian Bongso-Seldrup, Dive Photo Guide

 

Here’s a couple of the videos that DPG shared:

Falkland Islands Promotional Piece –

 

Humpback Whale Heat Run, Tonga –

 

I was also the DPG Photographer of the Week in 2015.

 

You can read the full interview here

Wildlife Photographer of the Year awarded image of giant cuttlefish plus a photo of Scott Portelli (photographer) and friends

Awarded at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

Last night was the highlight of my photographic career, being awarded in Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016, the most prestigious photography competition in the world, is an honour and a privilege to say the least. I truly am ecstatic to be recognized for my work and humbled to be among such talented photographers competing on the world stage. Definitely one of my proudest moments and an unforgettable night as we dined in the great hall of the Natural History Museum surrounded by impressive dinosaur skeletons, stunning architecture, as the top 100 award winning images chosen from over 50,000 images across 95 countries, were revealed to a room full of excited photographers.

The image, ‘Collective Courtship’ was captured while diving in South Australia. Here’s the summary from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year website: “Scott spent hours in the cold shallow waters capturing one of nature’s greatest events, the spawning of giant cuttlefish. In this aggregation, a line of suitors are poised in the background, waiting for a chance to mate with the female. Scott finally framed the ideal composition when the onlookers momentarily faced the same way.”

Male giant cuttlefish, like these, can grow up to one metre long. They flicker colourful patterns to mesmerise and attract females. Small males are sneaky. They mimic female posture and colouring, going unnoticed in the group, then mate with the females when the larger males look away.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 award winner Scott Portelli with his photo of giant cuttlefish aggregation underwater

 

Check out all the winning images at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year website