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.

 

Workshop and Expedition Delays 2020

As a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the following two 2020 workshops have unfortunately had to be delayed and rescheduled. Although these workshops and expeditions were still some months away, I have taken the pre-emptive decision to reschedule based on the continuing uncertainty surrounding international travel and personal safety of the participants. More information about each of these expeditions is available on my website at www.jholko.com/workshops. Registered participants have already been notified and will be contacted individually in writing again if any further changes are required. There is no cost increase to any of these workshops and all payment dates have also been extended in line with the delays.

Finland Wolves and Wolverines

Originally scheduled for October 2020; this workshop has now been rescheduled until October 2021. There are currently three places available before this workshop will be sold out.

Mongolia Snow Leopard

Originally scheduled for December 2020; this workshop has now been rescheduled until December 2021. There is one place available before this workshop will be sold out.

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).

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Photo of the Month February 2020 – Pallas Cat on the Move

This photograph of a Pallas Cat stalking in the snow was made in Mongolia last November 2019. It was only possible due to a number of different circumstances which conspired in my favour – it was at the end of the day nearly pure serendipity.  Firstly, my guide and I found the cat not long before sunset, just as the light was becoming optimal. We had been searching the lunar-like landscape all day in search of a cat and had found only tracks. Then with less than an hour before dark we discovered this cat. I asked my guide to go around the cat and to approach its position slowly from behind. I then went and lay down in front of the cat some hundred metres or so away. I was wearing full winter camouflage clothing and once I was lying down in the snow was virtually invisible. The cat had no idea I was there until it was less than 20 metres away.