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.
“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
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.
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.