Webinar How to Shoot the Best Wildlife Photographs

Early next month I will be presenting a one hour online webinar on behalf of BenQ monitors on how to shoot the best wildlife photographs. The webinar is FREE and will include topics such as how to photograph Wildlife, best practice, the importance of colour calibration and even a little information on soft proofing for print. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation. The webinar will run February 17th 6:30pm Melbourne Australia time.

Join us with Joshua Holko on this live webinar where he shares his knowledge and experience on how to shoot the best wildlife photography, soft proofing for print, why calibration and colour accuracy matters, there’s also a chance for you to ask him any questions you may have at the end! Looking forward to everyone’s attendance!

You can register online for the webinar HERE

World Photographic Cup Finalist Nature Category 2021

Yesterday learned that one of my photographs from the inaugural SLA Awards has made the finals to represent Australia in the World Photographic Cup Nature category.  This is the second time one of my photographs has made the finals representing Australia in this prestigious competition. Last time it was the reportage category with one of my photographs taking out the Bronze Medal.  Final judging of the winning images will be in April this year.

The WPC was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. A Governing Committee has been created to conduct the ongoing affairs of the competition, also supported by UAPP (United Asian Professional Photography) and AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography). The brotherhood and sisterhood of photography is a bond that transcends language, culture, and geography. That’s the foundation behind the World Photographic Cup, an one of a kind international team competition. Sure, there are lots of other competitions, but there is just one World Photographic Cup.

Further information can be found here: http://www.worldphotographiccup.org/

Rated Top 25 Outdoor Photography Blogs

Very pleased to have made the top 25 Outdoor Photography Blogs. This unexpected news that my blog made the top 25 came as quite a pleasant surprise . I am not normally into these sort of popularity contests, but it is nice to be recognised for consistency and content.

This list is an attempt to highlight some of the best blogs about outdoor photography that can be found on the web. The ranking was compiled tracking hundreds of photographer’s blogs. The top outdoor photography sites that made this list are ranked according to Alexa (33.3%), Domain Authority (33.3%), Page Authority (33.3%) indicators. The list doesn’t involve our personal opinion in any way.

The ranking is updated once every year with new blogs and up-to-dated scores. The data was collected in December 2020 for the current list.

To all who made it to the list, a big congratulations! You deserved it for the great job you are doing with your blog. For those who didn’t make it this time, don’t get yourself down. Study what the other blogs are doing and get ready for the next update!

Never Cry Wolf Book Now at Printers

Today I am excited to announce that my new fine art photography book ‘Never Cry Wolf‘ is now at the printers and will very shortly be running in the press. Never Cry Wolf is available for Pre-order through my online store HERE with first shipments now scheduled within the month. The book includes a selection of photographs of wild wolves photographed during the last weeks of Autumn, on the cusp of the seasonal transition to Winter. The collection includes more than forty photographs of a young wolf pack coming of age as it learns to survive in the dynamic and rapidly changing Arctic wilderness on the border between Finland and Russia. A video preview of the book can be watched below.

Designed and printed in Australia on the finest archival art matt paper the first 100 pre-order copies only include a limited edition A4 fine art print of one of the Wolf photographs. Printed on Moab Somerset Museum Rag 300gsm, the fine art pigment on paper print is the perfect accompaniment to the book. Never Cry Wolf is available for Pre-Order now for $90 AUD inc. GST (approx. $65 USD) plus postage. I hope that you enjoy the photographs and quotes from this project Never Cry Wolf.

Approximate Dimensions: 30cm x 21 cm

64 pages (over 40 photographs + quotations)

ISBN: 978-0-646-82509-0

Ultimate Encounters Features Ice Whisperer Interview

Ultimate Encounters has just published a short interview I did with Nick Walton on my Polar Photography.

Multi-award-winning Arctic photographer Joshua Holko talks polar travel essentials and his love affair with the world’s coldest destinations.

Did you always want to be a photographer?

Yes, but it took me many years to work out what I really wanted to photograph. In the early days, when I was shooting slide film, I was mostly shooting rock climbing and the landscapes of  Australia; it was not until I first visited the polar regions that I really found my calling and knew what I wanted to photograph full-time.

Can you tell us the story behind your winning shot, Protecting the Kill?

The photograph was taken on the frozen Templefjord, north of Longyearbyen, during a personal snowmobile expedition to Svalbard, Norway, one winter. It shows a female polar bear backlit by the setting winter sun. Her breath was steaming in the freezing air as she guarded a recent
bearded seal kill.

What photographic gear do you usually take on an expedition?

I usually bring at least three camera bodies as I like to photograph with multiple bodies at the same time. This can be really helpful in photographing quickly moving wildlife, where a lens change would result in a missed shot. I also take an assortment of lenses with me, from an ultrawide angle (11mm) all the way to super-telephoto (typically 600mm).

Can you give us some tips on how to capture the Arctic world?

The Arctic is incredible for its grandeur and scale, but it can be difficult to capture in a single image. I tend to focus more on details and look very hard for objects that help give a sense of scale to the photograph. Wildlife is fantastic for this, but I might equally include an expedition ship in the image or perhaps even a solitary bird on an iceberg. I also like to photograph wildlife in the context of their environment. It’s very important to get down low to eye level with your subject in order to connect with it and to create more intimate images.

Click HERE to read the full interview.