Travel Photographer of the Year Finalist 2020

I received some exciting news yesterday morning that I have again been selected as a finalist with five photographs across two seperate categories in the 2020 Travel Photographer of the Year competition. This was actually quite a surprise to me as I have no recollection of actually entering this year. I took a hiatus from the competition last year as I was focusing all my efforts on local print competition only. This year I had thought to do the same as last and keep my focus solely on local printing, but as It happens must have entered at some point (no old age comments!). As final judging has not yet taken place I am unable to share the photographs at this point, but will do so once judging is complete.

This is the first year in many I believe that the final round of judging for TPOTY will not be via prints; but instead will be of digital images. I assume this is as a result of the continual COVID mess across Europe (thankfully Australia is now COVID free as of late November 2020).

Travel Photographer of the Year competition has been one of the few photographic competitions remaining today that still judge the ‘print’ (in the finals) rather than a compressed jpeg. I wrote quite some years ago now of my disillusionment with so many of the photography competitions that make their judgements solely on a jpeg file. The craft of producing a beautiful fine art print is one of the most enjoyable aspects of photography for me and is how I prefer to have my work viewed. Hopefully 2021 will see a return to print judging.

Latitude Photography Podcast Polar Photography

Brent Bergherm over at Latitude Photography has just published a new Podcast episode on my Polar Photography. We recorded the podcast earlier this year, but with COVID and all the other world issues at play it took a little while to get published.  The podcast covers how I got started as a specialist Polar Photographer, preparing for the shoot, the Falkland Islands and what makes them special, Souther Georgia Island and a lot more. Listen to the Podcast.

World Photographic Cup Selection 2021 – Nature Category

Very excited to announce today that one of my photographs has been chosen to represent Australia for the third time in the World Photographic Cup 2021. One of my Nature images was selected back in 2015 and subsequently not only made the finals, but went on to win the bronze medal for Australia. I was also selected again in 2019. Quite honestly, I had never expected to be selected again to represent Australia and am deeply honoured that the selection board has chosen one of my photographs to again represent my country. I can’t as yet share the actual photograph as judging in the cup is still underway, but will post an update as soon as possible. The photograph below took out the bronze medal in the 2015 Reportage Category.

 

 

 

 

Gura Gear Chobe 2.0 Pre-Order now Open!

I am very pleased to announce that Gura Gear is launching the long-awaited update to the original Everday Carry, Chobe 2.0 on the Kickstarter platform and it is now available to Pre-Order! This is without doubt one of the most anticipated and requested camera bags on the planet. The original Chobe has been my go to carry on accessory bag for nearly a decade now and I am really excited to get my hands on the new model with all of its improvements. Perhaps best of all, the Chobe can now be ordered in either a 13″ or 16″ version to suit your travel laptop – perfect. Chobe can be ordered online by clicking on the image below.