Gold at the AIPP APPA 2012 Awards

I was very excited to receive a gold award in the Science, Environment & Nature category at the Australian Professional Photography awards today (AIPP APPA). The Australian Professional Photography Awards are held annually and showcase some of the best work in Australia. I feel very privileged to have received 2 silver awards and a coveted gold award in this category.

The AIPP APPA awards are Australia’s pre-eminent professional photography event, seeking to reward current Australian image making and talented photographers.

(sperm Whale) All images taken under a special permit granted by the Regiao Autonoma Dos Acores, Secretaria Regional Do Ambiente E Do Mar, Dreccao Regional do Ambiente. 

Canon AIPP APPA Competition 2012

Borneo Orangutan

Jungle Trekking in Borneo

Borneo is a place I have wanted to visit for many years but never got around to it until now. The Island borders Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei and it is one of the most unique places in the world. Getting deep into the wild takes several modes of transport and even then you never know if you are in the right place. Although this was a short trip for me it was a good introduction to the region and the bonus was that I got to Photograph some of the Orangutans. These are amazing creatures only found in Borneo and some areas of Sumatra. Unfortunately the Palm oil industry is destroying their habitat. I think Borneo has a lot to offer and you need a fair bit of time to explore the land. There is always a next time.

Borneo Orangutan

Dolphins in the Bahamas

Manatees, Dolphins and Sharks – Bahamas and Florida

My recent trip to the Bahamas provided some amazing photographic opportunities. But I spent the first 3 days at Crystal River in Florida swimming with the Manatees. These are amazing gentle animals that are quite interactive and spend most of their time huddled around each other or the warm springs. The Highlight was spending time with the Atlantic Spotted Dolphins in the Grand Bahamas, they were amazingly beautiful and very interactive. I would have spent the whole trip there if I could. But the aim of the trip was to dive with the sharks and more specifically seek out some of the tiger sharks that are found in the area. the lemon and reef sharks were abundant and most days we saw at least one tiger shark if not more. definitely a place to visit again. for images check out the gallery here.

Dolphins in the Bahamas

Sydney Underwater Marine life

Diving Sydney – Underwater Photography In My Backyard

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.

Diving Sydney Underwater Marine life