My new exhibition ‘Colours of Iceland‘ opens the 2nd of December at the Wilderness Gallery at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. ‘Colours of Iceland’ includes twenty four of my personal favourite photographs from Iceland as 20″ x 30″ inch Limited Edition Fine Art Photographic Prints. Each print is made on my absolute favourite paper – Moab Somerset Museum Rag and includes a certificate of authenticity on Moab Moenkopi Washi paper. Prints can also be ordered online directly from the Wilderness Gallery in a range of different sizes. Open Edition A4 prints will also be available for sale at the Gallery Gift Shop.

Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the opening as I am headed to Antarctica early next week on a three week photographic expedition; however, I am looking forward to visiting and seeing the accompanying shows when I get back at the end of the year. If you manage to visit the gallery please drop me a line and let me know if you enjoyed it! There are special room rates available at the Chalet – contact reception for details 03 6492 1404. The exhibition will also be coming to Melbourne early in the new year 2012 for a strictly limited time.



The International Loupe Awards for 2011 (formally known as the International Aperture Awards) seem to have snuck up on me this year and I was not aware that images were already in the stages of being judged until early this morning when I was notified via email that my personal favourite photograph from Iceland  (A photograph I titled ‘Well of Life’) had won a Gold Award in the Open Landscape Category. ‘Well of Life’ is a photograph near and dear to my heart for many reasons. For me it epitomises the unique geological features of Iceland in a truly alien landscape. And secondly, it came about through a combination of sheer determination, willingness to go the extra mile (literally) and of course a little bit of luck. You can read the full story on the making of this photograph HERE.

‘Well of Life’ was a finalist earlier this year in the World Extreme Environment Awards (Blue Berg won the People’s Choice Award in this competition) and won a coveted and prestigious Silver Award at the 2011 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) in the Landscape Non-Composite Category. The APPA awards are widely regarded as the toughest international photography competition out there and winning Silver with this photograph (which was judged in print) was a great honour. Winning Gold at the Loupe Awards this year is the icing on the very sweet cake.

The three other photographs I had entered into the Loupe Awards in the Open Landscape Category this year also received Highly Commended Bronze Awards including ‘Walls of China‘, ‘Molten Silver Torrent‘ and ‘Highway To Hell‘. ‘Highway To Hell’ has also previously been rewarded with Silver at the 2011 APPA awards and Travel Photograph of the Week at National Geographic. All in all this is a haul of awards I am delighted to hang over the proverbial mantle.


One of the locations in Iceland that I am most looking forward to returning to next year and for my workshop in 2013 is Landmannalaugar. This volcanic region of Iceland has one of the most alien and multi-coloured landscapes in the country and is truly a photographers paradise. With its multi-coloured rhyolite mountains, luminous veins of green moss and sulphurous fumoroles it provides a myriad of possibilities for the landscape photographer. There is quite literally a dizzying array of colour and texture in the mountains and rock formations. During the Icelandic summer when the sun is at an oblique angle  the light across this landscape can be truly magical.

This photograph – titled ‘The Castle’, was taken near the summit of one of the highest mountains in the area. Ejected lava has piled up on one of the rhyolite mountains and then eroded away under the assault of the arctic winds.


I am very excited to announce that I was recently awarded a Spotlight Portfolio Award in the prestiguous USA magazine B&W + Color. Issue number #87 of B&W + Color features a portfolio of my photography from Iceland and interview/article. Over 8000+ photographs were submitted to the magazine for entry into the competition and I am thrilled to have had my work selected for the Portfolio Spotlight Award.

B&W + Color magazine  is published in over fifty countries and is a highly respected photographic journal featuring fine art photography from international artists. Issue #87 including my Spotlight Portfolio can be purchased at all major book sellers and newsstands as well as online via B&W + Color magazine’s website. Please drop me a line and let me know if you enjoyed it.

Reminder – Registrations are now open for the 2013 Iceland Workshop and places are strictly limited on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to drop me an email if you are interested in attending as there are only a few places left.


Registrations are open for the 2013 Iceland Workshop. If you interested in photographing in the amazingly geologically diverse country of Iceland now is the time to register your interest. This workshop is for a maximum of 6 participants who are serious about their photography and are willing to put in long hours in the field and work for their images. Working with a small number of photographers means we can get to more inaccessible locations when the light is at its absolute best. We can move quickly from location to location as the light changes; or maximise our time in the one location when the light is magical.

If you want to be able to take photographs like this under the spectacular midnight sun then drop me an email registering your interest for this fantastic workshop. This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of six participants, plus leader and guide and places are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Location highlights include the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland’s spectacular Dettifoss, Selfoss and Godafoss waterfalls, the geothermal region of Myvatn and many more amazing locations. For further details and a preliminary itinerary please see the workshop tab at www.jholko.com or send me an email to register your interest.