Photograph of the Month November 2020 Emperors Call

The photograph of the month for November 2020 comes from deep in Antarctica during one of my expeditions to photograph Emperor Penguins at Gould Bay. This was a photograph I initially overlooked in my early edits and only recently discovered and processed. I am not quite sure why I missed it in my first editing passes, but it is a photograph I am extremely pleased with. The combination of golden light with soft cool snow and the juxtaposition of the adult and chick really work well together. The key to these type of photographs is patience. Once I find the wildlife I want to work with and have chosen the background it is then a matter of setting up and waiting for the right gesture or moment. In this case, the call of the adult Emperor and the lowered head of the chick work perfectly in opposition to each other.

Wildlife Photographic Magazine Emperor Penguin November / December 2020

The just released 2020 November / December issue of Wildlife Photographic magazine includes an article I wrote on my expeditions and experiences photographing Emperor Penguins deep in Antarctica. The article includes many photographs taken over several expeditions across multiple years. This is the fourth time I have been published in Wildlife Photographic (the last three editions were on Pallas Cat PhotographyArctic Fox Photography and Polar Bear Photography). You can purchase the individual issue or subscribe through your favourite IOS or Android device.

Guest Speaker Canberra Photo Connect November2020

This November I will be the guest speaker at Photo Connect in Canberra and will be discussing Polar Wildlife and Landscape Photography. Due to the ongoing COVID situation the speaking event will be held via ZOOM. Please contact Canberra Photo Connect to register for the free event: mailto:canberraphotoconnect@gmail.com

The event is being held on Saturday November the 21st at 2:30pm.

Topic: Canberra Photoconnect presents Joshua Holko on Polar Photography
Time: Nov 21, 2020 02:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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.

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.