Awards

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

 

Australian National Winner at the Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Just found out I was announced the Australian National winner at the prestigious Sony World Photography awards 2016. Very excited and overwhelmed: http://worldphoto.org/…/australia-national-award-2016-sony…/

Thank you to the World Photography Organisation for this amazing honour, it’s a very proud moment

Cuttlefish Aggregation photo by Scott Portelli awarded at Sony World Photography Awards

The Australian Giant Cuttlefish aggregation is truly one of nature’s great events. Thousands of cuttlefish congregate in the shallow waters around the Spencer gulf in South Australia, to mate and perpetuate the species. The cuttlefish like alien beings, display an array of patterns, textures and colours to indicate their intentions. As male courts a female or wards off other males, and entourage of suiters stay poised for an opportunity to mate with the female. A visual delight and a rare glimpse of nature in all its glory.

Silver-Awards-AIPP-NSW

Awarded 3 x Silver awards at the AIPP NSW state awards 2015

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.

Silver-Awards-AIPP-NSW Whale shark humpback whale

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.

 

You can see some of my other awards here.

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