I am extremely pleased to announce that one of my two finalist photographs on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart has won the Extreme Environment Photograph of the Year 2011 People’s Choice Award.

I was having a late Sunday morning breakfast this morning with my two kids at a cafe in Healesville when I received email notification that ‘Blue Berg’ had won the award. The announcement was also made this morning on ABC Radio in Hobart (You can download an excerpt of the Competition Winner Announcement courtesy of the ABC Radio – winners are announced at the end) and a Government media press announcement was made at the conclusion of the awards – an excerpt of which is included below: You can read the full release HERE including the  announcement of the other two winners of the Trafalgar prize and Wayne Papps Memorial prize. I was fortunate enough to attend the opening of the exhibition a couple of weeks ago and was amazed by the incredibly high standard of all of the photographs as well as the diversification of photographers. I am extremely honoured and humbled to have had two of my photographs selected as finalists and to have been awarded the People’s Choice Award.

Excerpt from Media Release: Winners of the 2011 Extreme Environment Photographic competition were announced this morning by Sir Guy Green, Tasmania’s Honorary Antarctic Ambassador. The competition attracted entries from across the globe, and finalists have been on display at the Bond Store at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery since the 6th of May.

The popular People’s Choice Award of camera equipment from FujiFilm was awarded to J Holko for ‘Blue Berg’.

These awards are prestigious and much sought after evidenced by the large number of quality entries received each year said Sir Guy Green, chairman of judges in the competition. Judges also included Richard Bennett of Richard Bennett Photography, Martin Walch, Associate lecturer in Fine Arts at UTAS and Rosemary Miller, Director, Salamanca Arts Centre.


I flew down to Hobart on Friday for the opening of the Extreme Environment Photographic competition at the Tasmanian National Museum. The exhibition opened to the public at 10am and I was surprised to find on my arrival shortly after 10 that  it was packed with people, media and even a politician or two. Unfortunately I missed the start of the ministers speech but did manage to grab a few quick snaps of the opening along with the exhibition.

Exhibition Opening


The 30 Finalist photographs in the 2011 Extreme Environment Photographic Exhibition go on display this Friday from 10am at the Tasmanian National Museum in Hobart. I have two photographs in the exhibition and will be flying down to Hobart for the opening this Friday morning. Finalists images can also be viewed in low resolution on-line, courtesy of 936 ABC Radio Hobart during the period of the exhibition at  I always enjoy my time in Hobart – its a wonderful city and there is nothing quite like some of the world’s best seafood caught that morning and then cooked at one of the many fine restaurants on the wharf. Unfortunately, other commitments mean this is going to be day visit only with no time to escape into the countryside for photography. If you have an opportunity to visit the exhibition please let me know if you enjoyed it.

May Photo of the Month

I have updated the Photo of the month for May – One of the two photographs that I entered into the 2011 Extreme Environment Photographic competition – Entitled “The Well of Life”. Both photographs have been selected as finalists and prints go on display this coming Friday at the Tasmanian National Museum in Hobart. I am hoping to fly down to Hobart for the opening this week. This particular photograph for me is one of my favourites and most memorable from Iceland.