About Me

Scott Portelli is an international award winning wildlife, nature and underwater photographer and film maker. A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and Accredited Professional Video Producer (APVP), he is regarded as a leading professional in his field. Scott has spent thousands of hours in remote locations across the globe filming and photographing wildlife, the underwater environment, and wild places with a focus on conservation and education.

He was awarded at the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year in London in 2016 and announced National winner of the Sony World Photography awards 2016 and winner at Travel Photographer of the Year 2015. More recently he was announced the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2021 and winner in the Animal Behaviour Category in 2017 and again in 2019. Awarded at the Sienna International Photography Awards 2017 and again in 2019 and Winner in the Underwater Category of the Asferico International Nature Photography awards 2018. Recently announced Winner at the 2020 AIPP silver Linings awards in the WILD category.

His conservation documentary ‘Saving the planet, one cause at a time’ also took out two awards at the prestigious French Underwater Film Festival in Marseille. And his film piece on the behavior of competitive Humpback groups, ‘The Art of Capturing a heat run’ was highly honored at the prestigious Natures Best, Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2018. His film “Gentle Giants” was selected for the International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco 2020.

An accredited licensed RPAS/UAV/UOeC Pilot, Scott has worked on aerial projects for some of Australia’s most sort out tourism destinations as well as in Antarctic, Arctic, Azores, Macquarie Island, Falklands, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island and South Pacific. Working in extreme conditions, Scott’s practices take a high quality, low impact, approach to filming wildlife in their natural environment in a non-invasive way to capture natural behaviour.

Scott runs wildlife and photography workshops. tours and lectures to show enthusiasts and experts alike the best way to get the most out of their photography. On his tours he specializes in underwater and wildlife photography bringing the best tips and techniques for photographing in challenging locations.

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Scott Portelli Photographer Profile

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