Iceland Summer Workshop 2013 & Aerial Photography

Daniel Bergmann and I have just concluded our 2013 Iceland Summer Workshop. We had some stunning light and dramatic weather during our travels and some amazing images were produced by all participants. During our travel one of the many places we visited was the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Jökulsárlón is one of my favourite places in the world for landscape photography and I have written before extensively on the amazing landscape found in this area of Iceland. I never tire of returning to this glacial lagoon and always look forward to the expression on people’s faces on their first visit to this wondrous location. This photograph was one of many we took as we wandered the shores of the lagoon at 2:30am. The midnight sun was rising and provided us with some wonderful alpine glow on the Vatnajökull ice cap in the distance.I now have a couple of days to rest and catch up on email before Daniel and I head to Longyearyben and the Svalbard Archipeligo where we will board M.S Origo with a dozen other photographers to spend two weeks photographing Polar Bears and other wildlife. Before we leave for Longyearbyen I am hoping to take the opportunity to squeeze in some aerial photography here in Iceland. I have wanted to photograph the glacial river deltas and goethermal Landmannalaugar areas from the air since my first visit to Iceland and with a little luck the weather will be clear enough tomorrow to fly.

InFocus Australasia Magazine – Issue #4 An Arctic Journey

Custom Made Media has just published issue number four of InFocus Magazine which includes a multi-page interview on my journey in photography. The article includes images from Iceland, South America and Antarctica. InFocus is a free photography magazine and is one of the new generation interactive magazines that is available for the iPad and other tablet devices.

Infocus Australasia is the ultimate in photography magazine experiences. Infocus will cater to the photography and cinema enthusiast across the board, serving to the reader world class tutorials, step-by-step instruction on taking better photographs and all the latest in equipment reviews. We also go behind the scene with some of the world’s leading professional photographers. We show you what they use, when they use it and how they use it. From the beginner right through to the professional, Infocus is everything any photographer would want in a magazine, and best of all it’s FREE! Subscribe now for your monthly issue to be sent directly to your iPad.

Atomic Batteries to Power…. Turbines to Speed…..See you in Iceland and the Arctic

Batteries are charged and bags are packed and it is now time to begin the long trek from Australia to Iceland – this time via Dubai and Frankfurt. I never look forward to these long haul international flights; but by focusing on the destination and the exciting times ahead with those on the workshop the time always seems to go relatively quickly.  I hope to post semi-regular updates and images to my blog as time allows during our Iceland trip. Iceland in summer is a somewhat punishing schedule when you are chasing the midnight sun and there often just isn’t enough time (or energy) to devote to processing and posting on the road. Nevertheless I am leaving with the best intentions of posting as often as possible. I will also be posting a few iPhone images to Facebook and Google + throughout our travels. You should also be able to track the Gura Gear Monarch Bataflae 32L as it makes it way through Iceland. The Monarch has already travelled with Andy Biggs to Kenya and after its travels through Iceland and the Arctic it will return to Gura Gear Headquarters ready for the next photographer. See you in Iceland…

Please note if you are trying to contact me via email or phone over the next two months it may take me a little while to get back to you. Iceland has excellent internet access, but once Daniel and I complete our summer workshop and head for the Arctic we will have no internet access for several weeks at a time. I will get back to you as soon as I get a chance to check and respond to my email between voyages.

Australian Photography + Digital – Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year Judge

I will be co-judging the Australian Photography + Digital Australian Amateur Landscape Photographer of the Year competition over the coming weeks. Be sure to get your entry in if you qualify – there are some great cash prizes.

Australian Photography + digital magazine and Fujifilm X have teamed up to find Australia and New Zealand’s best amateur* landscape photographers. With more than $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs it’s time to get your best landscape photos together and enter the inaugural Fujifilm X Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. To enter, simply upload your six best landscape images. An entry fee of $20 is payable for each set of six images and you may submit more than one portfolio. Entries close November 15, 2013.

The person named Landscape Photographer of the Year will win $5000 in cash and a Fujifilm X prize pack valued at $2000. In addition to the grand prize, one runner up will win an Eizo ColourEdge CX 240 monitor (valued at over $2100). Eight finalists will share in more than $2000 worth of prizes from supporting sponsors Cokin, SanDisk, InkFX Printing and CATC Design School.

All portfolios will be available to view on for the duration of the competition, with a selection of the best images published in Australian Photography + digital magazine.

Entries will be shortlisted by the editorial staff of Australian Photography + digital and then judged by leading professional photographers Joshua Holko, Tim Levy, Nick Melidonis, Chris Sisarich, and editor of Australian Photography + digital Robert Keeley.

Winners will be announced on 23 January 2014 on this website and in the February 2014 issue of Australian Photography + digital magazine.

* For the purposes of this competition an amateur photographer is defined as someone who earns less than $2000 a year from photography.

Gura Gear Pro Team

The good folks at Gura Gear who make my favourite camera bags recently launched their new Pro Team of photographers. I admit…. I knew this was coming; but am nevertheless very pleased to be included in this select group of photographers.  If you are a regular reader of my blog look for updates on the Gura Gear Monarch over the coming two months as it travels with me through Iceland the Arctic. Updates to my blog might be a bit thin over the coming two months whilst I am away on workshop but I do intend to try and post some images and updates whenever I have some down time and internet access. I include this next bit also as a teaser easter egg for those of you who read my blog in full. Standby for a very exciting announcement for a unique and very special expedition to South Georgia Island and Antarctica in November 2014.  This has been many months in the planning and we (myself and fellow co-leaders who will shortly be named) are almost ready to announce the trip details. It is super exciting and we are champing at the bit to spill the beans. Stay tuned!

Gura Gear has a passion for excellence in everything we do. This passion is evident in our Pro Team. We’ve teamed up with these great photographers that have work, personalities, and passion that describes Gura Gear in every way.​ Now you can learn a little more about what makes them great and what they find great in Gura Gear.