Gura Gear Pro Team Behind the Shot – Antarctica Penguins

As part of their new online Journal Gura Gear have just posted a Behind the Shot story of one of my favourite photographs from Antarctica. Read the full story HERE. There is also an extended conversation with more background information HERE.

In this week’s entry, we’re sitting down with Pro Team photographer Joshua Holko to discuss the background on this stunning image of penguins in Antarctica. We’ll delve into his thought process, gear and tips for aspiring wildlife photographers

I’m quite struck by this photograph of penguins. They’re marching along in the foreground and make up a very tiny portion of the frame. It looks like they’re on this journey and yet everything around them is moving and massive giving this real sense of scale to everything. 

That sense of scale that you touched on is really really important when photographing wildlife in their environment especially with something so small like a penguin. Also, if you’ve got the opportunity to show it in the environment and put the animal in context and provide scale, then I think it really elevates the photograph to a higher level. Read the full story HERE.

Photo of the Month September 2020 – Full Speed

The photograph of the month for September 2020 comes from one of my winter snow mobile expeditions to Svalbard to photograph Polar Bear on the frozen sea ice. This large male Polar Bear is at full speed on the ice at Monbukta as it chases after a nearby female. Capable of explosive bursts of speed covering around 100 metres in just seven seconds the Polar Bear is the only living marine mammal with powerful, large limbs and feet that allow them to cover kilometres on foot and run on land.

Antarctica Emperor Posters Now Available Online

Posters have long been requested and I am very happy to now make the first of these available – The Emperor Penguin Family. Unlike my Fine Art Prints, the posters are open edition with printed text on them and are considerably less expensive than their equivalent sized fine art print. They are printed on Heavy duty Satin poster paper right here in Australia and are of extremely high quality. Photographed in Antarctica, but Made in Australia.  Posters measure 600mm wide x 820mm high and are designed to be hung without framing. Posters can be ordered online HERE and are shipped rolled in heavy duty protective tubes and can be shipped anywhere in the world.

Arctic Fox Expedition COVID Delay Update 2020

With the ongoing COVID pandemic and the continuing uncertainty surrounding international travel I have taken the decision today to delay the planned 2021 Arctic fox expedition to Northern Iceland until 2022. New dates for the expedition are the 9th – 14th February 2022. A detailed PDF itinerary of the expedition can be downloaded HERE and more details are available on my website. If you would like to get more of an idea what participation in this workshop is like be sure to read this years Trip Report.

For those who are interested in this expedition to the remote north of Iceland to photograph Arctic Fox in a beautiful winter setting I have put together a short Adobe Spark Presentation and Website  with some teaser photographs and some information on the expedition. Of course, more photographs are also available on my website at www.jholko.com.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Exhibition Now Open

The 2020 ANZANG Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Exhibition is now open in South Australia for those lucky enough to be able to visit during the current COVID lockdown. The exhibition features my finalist photograph of three Emperor Penguins from Gould Bay in Antarctica as a giant wall mural at the exhibition entry. Photo below courtesy Louise Bagger – President AIPP 2020