I recently judged the Wanderer Photo contest for ViewBug website and was subsequently interviewed a few days ago by Laurie Rubin on my thoughts on what makes a winning photograph and what I look for when judging photography competitions. The interview is now online and can be viewed HERE or by clicking on the image below. Enjoy.
Congratulations to the seventh print winner ‘Peta Horsten’ for the photograph of the month for July 2015: ‘Polar Bear Pounce’.
What Peta said: Absolutely exquisite image capturing the frivolity of animals in the wild. It is a dream of mine to photograph Polar Bears – would love to have a print of yours on my wall to remind me of that dream!.
There were several other comments that came in within seconds of each other and I have therefore decided to give away two additional prints to the two runners up, Frede Lamo and Hulia Boz. What Frede and Hulia said:
Frede: I would really would like a fine art print of this photo Joshua. I think this picture has a very special and sad story. I observed and photographed this polar bear a couple of times before it was killed, but they did not turn out this great.
Hulia: Its poetry… it’s magic and it’s taken in a special location with a special animal by a special photographer! why would I not want to win an amazing print!
Congratulations Peta, Frede and Hulia, your prints will be sent to you in the next few days. Keep an eye out on my blog for the next print giveaway with the August photograph of the month. Remember the best way to get instant updates is to subscribe via email.
My photograph of the month for July 2015 was taken during an expedition to photograph Polar Bears this winter on the frozen Templefjord in Svalbard. The Polar Bear was both playing and hunting around this large piece of blue ice in front of the glacier as I photographed her from snow mobile. She frequently tested the ice by leaping onto it and putting full her body weight on a concentrated area to try and break through and reach the seals beneath the ice.If you are interested in photographing Polar Bears in the wild I will be leading an expedition in 2016 ‘Polar Bears of Svalbard‘. Places are already extremely limited (two places only remaining) and once spoken for thats it. Both the 2015 Polar Bear expeditions are already sold out.
Don’t forget! You can win a free 13″ x 19″ Fine Art Print of this photograph including shipping anywhere in the world. All you need do is to be the first to comment on this post on the home page with your thoughts on why you like this photograph or why you would like to own a print of the image and then share the post with your preferred social media outlet.
The latest issue number #30 of Extraordinary Vision magazine features Part Three of a series of Articles I recently penned on creating Landscape Photography with Mystery and Emotion. Part One and Part Two can be downloaded here on my Blog or via iTunes in Issue 28 and Issue 29. Extraordinary Vision is a free magazine (and a fabulous resource) available for mobile devices and can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Store.
The latest July / August 2015 issue of Australian Wild Magazine includes a selection of photographs from a project I have been working on of Arctic Fox in a very remote part of Iceland for the last two years. This is the first time I have chosen to release images from my Arctic Fox project for publication and am very pleased to have Wild Magazine publish them. Wild magazine has previously featured my photography as dedicated folios in two separate issues back in February 2011 and June 2013. The 2011 issue included a Portfolio from Iceland and the 2013 issue included a Portfolio from Antarctica. This new folio is a preview to the project which I hope to have completed early next year. In fact, look for a very limited collector’s edition fine art book containing the complete project to be released mid next year. Click on the image below to download the Folio as a PDF.FootNote: Wild magazine was founded and originally owned by Chris Baxter – a well respected climber and outdoorsman in his own right who was largely responsible for a significant portion of the early rock climbing scene in Australia. I had the privilege of knowing Chris and climbing with him briefly during my youth at both Mount Arapiles and The Grampians. Chris forged many new climbs at both of these world famous locations as well as Mount Buffalo and was a full time character in the Australian climbing scene. Chris subsequently sold Wild due to health issues after building up a very successful publishing company that became the outlet for all things bush walking and climbing related in Australia. Unfortunately Chris passed away in 2010 after a long fight with cancer but ‘Wild’ and ‘Rock’ continue to be published under new new ownership.