AIPP Silver Lining Awards 2020 2nd & 3rd Place Wild Category

Last night saw the running of the awards presentation for the inaugural 2020 AIPP Australian Institute of Professional Photography Silver Lining Awards. Held via Zoom due to the ongoing COVID crisis the awards were a wonderful showcase of fantastic photography across the different categories. With four photographs in the finals of the Wild category I was hopeful that one of my photographs might get up for an award and was thrilled to receive both 2nd and 3rd place in the category. Congratulations to all the participants for a truly wonderful event.

AIPP Silver Lining Awards 2020 Finalist Wild Category

A few days ago I received notification and blogged that the five photographs I entered into the inaugural 2020 AIPP Silver Lining Awards had all made the Semi-Finals.  I am delighted to announce this evening that four of the five images I chose to enter have now moved onto the final round of judging. All the finalist photographs can be seen online HERE. With almost 3000 entries into the Silver Lining Awards, the Finalists represent the very top few percent of entries into the competition. The winners will be announced Thursday evening next week.

 

Wildlife Photographic Magazine Pallas Cat Cover Shot July / August 2020

The 2020 July / August issue of Wildlife Photographic magazine includes one of my photographs of a Pallas Cat on the cover as well as an article I wrote on my experiences photographing Pallas Cat in Mongolia in winter in 2019. This is the third time I have been published in Wildlife Photographic and the third time I have been fortunate to score the cover shot! (the last two editions were on Arctic Fox Photography and Polar Bear Photography). You can Use this link for a Free Subscription to Wildlife Photographic Magazine.  Free Subscription to Wildlife Photographic Magazine. This is a limited time offer for my followers from the publisher (works on iOS & Android devices). The link unlocks a 3-month subscription, good for two free issues of WP. (Links must be used before 8-31-2020).

Clicking the link will: Determine the type of device you’re on (iOS or Android) and send you to the appropriate store to download the WP App. If you’re not on a mobile device, it will send you to a page where you can send an SMS message with the link to your mobile device. It will then activate a 3-month subscription when you open the App.

PhotoBizX Podcast Interview The Business of Wildlife Photography

A couple of months ago I sat down with new friend Andrew Helllmich from PhotoBizX for a podcast interview and discussion about the business side of my wildlife photography. If you are unfamiliar with PhotoBizX I encourage you to take a few moments out of your day and check out the many fantastic free podcasts Andrew has available on his website. There is a plethora of fantastic business content including marketing and social media tips for photographers as well as a premium monthly subscription option for those looking for a really deep dive (recommended for anyone interested in the business of photography). The full podcast of my interview can be heard HERE or by clicking on the image below. If you are interested in becoming a premium member of PhotoBizX you can get a free six week trial by using this LINK.

Joshua Holko of www.jholko.com started photography around 12 years of age, but it wasn’t for many years afterwards he turned full time professional. His passion has always been nature photography. Today, he would be classified as a wildlife photographer. In particular a polar photographer. That’s right. He spends most of his year down in Antarctica or up in the Arctic. He left a corporate job to pursue photography full-time. He travelled extensively – including to the polar areas he most wanted to photograph – at significant personal cost to help build a portfolio and his network. Today, he has too many awards to list here and one look at his portfolio, it’s no wonder. His work is incredible. And the places he’s seen – truly, amazing.

I’m talking about Melbourne based Joshua Holko and in this interview, he shares how he’s managed to build a successful, profitable photography business, photographing wildlife. It all comes down to building three profitable arms to his business –  licensing images, print sales and photo expeditions to some of the world’s wildest and remotest regions with paying amateur photographers looking to capture the incredible images Josh does.

 

New Risk Assessment for Polar Bears Released by CITES with Good News

Finally there has been some respite for Polar Bears with a new CITES risk assessment being released by the Norwegian Scientific Committee (VKM). The committee spent many months formulating a scientific opinion on the trade in polar bear products (skins) and if this trade might be detrimental to the survival of the species. In conclusion and summary: VKM was unable to find that international trade with Canadian polar bears is non-detrimental to the survival of the species. Roughly translated, the study finds that there is evidence to suggest that the trade in Polar Bear products is detrimental to the survival of the species. The report is available in english here: https://bit.ly/2Axh8t2