Photo of the Month January 2021

I want to kick off my photo of the month series for 2021 with an image I shot in January of 2020 of an Emperor Penguin on the sea ice in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica (Read the Trip Report). This was one of very few Emperor Penguins we encountered on this expedition and the only Emperor we were actually able to photograph on the ice at eye level. Although we saw quite a few during the expedition almost all of them were either in the water or were at too great a distance to photograph. In this example, we landed on the frozen sea ice with our zodiacs for evening drinks and serendipity stepped in and provided a wonderful photographic opportunity. The Emperor penguin, curious about all the people on the ice, jumped out of the water onto the ice and proceeded to provide us a wonderful half hour session on the ice.

Photo of the Month December 2020 The White Wolf

The photograph of the month for December 2020 comes from Finland during one of my expeditions to photograph Wolves and Wolverines late in Autumn (Read the Trip Report). This photograph is a great example of when it is ok to break the rules and place the subject dead centre of frame. The use of negative space to either side of the wolf helps to frame the animal and provide some context for its environment. The extremely low angle of view and soft foreground were obtained by utilising a ground level hide and by shooting the telephoto lens almost wide open. This photograph is also the cover shot for my new book Never Cry Wolf, that is now available to pre-order through my online store Melrakki Publishing

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

Snow Leopards of Mongolia and Pallas Cat 2021 Sold Out

In December next year I will be leading a brand new small group expedition to Western Mongolia in winter to find and photograph the enigmatic Snow Leopard. Originally planned for December 2020, the expedition has been pushed back a year as a result of the ongoing COVID situation. Due to the initial interest I received after my Pallas Cat report the expedition is sold out. Some of us will also be partaking in a small group extension to find and photograph the Pallas Cat. If you were keen to photograph Snow Leopard in winter my drop me an email as there is already a waiting list on a possible future 2022 expedition. Photograph below courtesy my guide in Mongolia.

London Bridge – The Great Ocean Road Australia

Greenland Arctic Expedition Feedback

Just wanted to share some wonderful feedback I received this morning regarding one of my previous Greenland expeditions.

Had a terrific time on this trip – enjoyed every single minute. The greenlandic landscape/ icescape is everything I hoped for and more. Enjoyed the geographic isolation. Good mix of locations and shooting from ship, zodiac and shore. Met some great people. Josh was a great host – so I’m anxious to join several of his other Arctic trips in the near future. Jerry.

You can read the trip report fromt his expedition HERE. You can also check out the Spark presentation on Greenland HERE.

I will soon be announcing a new expedition into Kaiser Franz Josef on the East Coast of Greenland in August of 2023. Stand by for further details and information on this new expedition that will take us deep inside the rarely visited National Park region of East Greenland.