Natures Best Photography 2018 Finalists and Category Winners

Natures Best Photography have now formally announced the Category Winners and Highly Honoured finalists in the 2018 Windland Smith Rice International Awards. I am extremely pleased that Ghosts of the Arctic was highly honoured in the video category. Out of more than 26,000 images and videos from photographers in 59 countries, approximately 1,000 photos and videos made it into the semi-final round of judging. Congratulations to all the winters and other highly honoured recipients.

See all the 2018 Windland Awards finalists:

AIPP Luminous Project Print Auction 2018

Unless you are a member of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) you probably haven’t heard of the AIPP’s Luminous Project. The Luminous Project was a concept created a few years ago, and has been designed to celebrate photographic excellence, community spirit and offering photographers a helping hand when needed.

 One part of the Project is the Luminous Fund, which has been established to accept donations and bequests, and raise funds via the Luminous Auction. This is a silent auction run online, comprised of photographs from the year’s APPA submissions, with images selected before the judging to ensure the print’s score is not a consideration. Previous auctions have raised over $11,500 for the Luminous Fund, which is set aside in the accounts and only used for the purposes of the Luminous Project.

This year’s silent auction offers prints, chosen from this year’s 2018 APPA entries, with the objective of raising funds for The Luminous Grant for student education. This year I am pleased to announce that one of my photographs ‘Lone Gentoo’ from Antarctica has been selected (the print scored a Silver with Distinction at APPA), and a 13 x 19 inch print will be auctioned for the Luminous Fund. Only 15 images were selected in total this year, so its quite an honour to be chosen.

You can bid on the print of your choice HERE. Prints are available for bidding until 5pm AEST Monday 17th September 2018 on the AIPP Galabid site.

Wildlife Photographic Issue #33 September October 2018

The lastest issue No. #33 of Wildlife Photographic (my photograph on the cover of previous issue) has just been released and features a brief 10 Question Interview feature on my photography. The issue is now available for download in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store at Download now for the full interview.

Australasian Nature Photography Exhibition 2018

The Australasian Nature Photography exhibition is now open at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide until the 11th of November this year. The exhibition includes work from all of the finalists from the 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. I am pleased to say it includes one of my photographs as a finalist – Antarctic Sound Tabular Dawn. Taken from the deck of our expedition class ship ‘Polar Pioneer’ it documents the formation of ‘grease-ice’ snaking its way across the surface as the first light of dawn breaks across the face of a giant tabular iceberg. 

Finland Kuusamo Nature Photo Festival 2018 – Guest Speaker

In a few days time I am heading north up to Finland to be one of the guest speakers at the big European Nature Photo festival being held in Kuusamo. I will be speaking on Saturday the 8th in the morning at 9:45am about photography in Antarctica – Antarctica White Nature and then again on Sunday at 9:00am about Nature photography in Australia.

Slide Show One: Antarctica – White Nature

Specialist Polar photographer and full time professional nature photographer Joshua Holko presents Antarctica – White Nature. A veteran of more than twenty-four expeditions to Antarctica Joshua has extensive experience working and photographing in Antarctica. Antarctica – White Nature showcases Joshua’s incredible portfolio of both landscape and wildlife imagery from one of the worlds last true wilderness areas.

Slide Show Two: Australian Nature Photography

Full time professional nature photographer Joshua Holko presents Australian Nature Photography; a look at both the spectacular coastal landscapes and varied wildlife of Victoria in Southern Australia. Perhaps best know for its marine wildlife, southern Australia is also home to a plethora of bird species as well as marsupials including the Kangaroo, Koala Bear and more.

If you are coming to the festival be sure to come and say hello! And of course, I will be staying on a few extra days for some photography. Although I have photographed in Finland before in the Winter, this will be my first summer visit and I am looking forward to the opportunity for Wolves, Bears and with some luck even Wolvernine! See you in Finland…