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Well, it’s been pretty quiet on the blog front of late, my apologies! That’s what happens when you have a few too many things on your plate all at once. June was indeed a busy month with our Travel Photography Awards competition closing on the 30th, I was booked to be shooting in Fiji for a full month (followed by only a week at home before heading out again to China), I had three speaking engagements to deliver to different groups within the photographic community and… READ MORE >

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That’s right, June is the last month to enter the 2014 Travel Photography Awards. Don’t miss out, gather together your best travel photos and enter online for your chance to win from some great prizes, including a fabulous all-expenses-paid, 7 nights in French Polynesia on your very own private photo tour with renowned travel photographer Chris McLennan. Enter online now! www.TravelPhotographyAwards.com Already entered? Don’t forget to get your friends and family voting for your chance to win a brand new Professional DreamColor graphics monitor from HP. The… READ MORE >

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In September 2013 Chris spent time in Africa hosting a group photo tour with Wildlight Safaris, as well as visiting the Himba tribes of Namibia and capturing some great new wildlife images from Botswana as he checked out possible tour locations for this year’s Photo Tour safari. It was while on this trip that Chris first introduced us to Car-L and the amazing lion pics he was able to capture with this small remote control vehicle. What we haven’t shared with you yet are the further… READ MORE >

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On a recent shoot in the US I captured this landscape image of golden light over a cold and windy morning on the frozen Bering Sea, Nome, Alaska.  The ice crystals in the air have formed a sundog (the small rainbow like colours parallel to the sun.) From Wikipedia: Sundogs are commonly made by the refraction of light from plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds or, during very cold weather, these ice crystals are called diamond dust, and drift in the air… READ MORE >

SUP with reef sharks in the crystal clear waters of Moorea, French Polynesia

Some of my favourite images are those that I have pre-visualised beforehand.  No doubt there is something fun and exciting about turning up somewhere and seeing and photographing the unexpected, but being able to create an image that I already have in my head is even more of a thrill for me.  Especially when it comes out as great as this one. Paddle boarding is a huge sport that is taking off around the world and I am a keen fan myself.  Ever since getting my… READ MORE >

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During a recent trip to Alaska with Dean Fitzpatrick of Wildlight Safaris I was once again witness to the amazing Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) known to this area. Having photographed them before, this time I also wanted to capture some time lapse footage as a better way of sharing with others just how incredible this display of light really is. Dean and I were in Alaska to scope out an itinerary for a Photo Tour we are putting together for 2016 which will include the… READ MORE >

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We made you all wait a little bit longer this year, but the 2014 Travel Photography Awards are now open for entries!  With an all new-look website, new prizes and new judges, we can’t wait for you to jump online and check us out. Visit the new website here – www.travelphotographyawards.com. French Polynesia Awaits you!  1st place winner (Amateur category) will be jetting off to French Polynesia for a personalised photo tour of the region alongside renowned travel photographer Chris McLennan.  Includes flights, accommodation, meals and… READ MORE >

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This was a fun shoot with a lot of logistics involved together with problem solving to reach the final result. My client, Angel Fire Ski Resort in New Mexico, wanted a new night ski/boarding image so I captured some more “traditional” style images on the mountain whilst night skiing was in operation. However I had conceptualised an idea in my mind some time ago that took this idea to the next level.  I wanted to capture an action ski shot at night – freezing the action… READ MORE >

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I recently completed a photo shoot in Glenorchy (in the South Island of New Zealand) for a NZ company “FX Bikes” to shoot their prototype, super light, go anywhere, 60 kg “Mountain Moto” motorcycle. It was great to be able to work in such beautiful locations as there are on offer in this area.  Glenorchy is a personal favourite of mine and I love every opportunity I have to get back there.  On this shoot, I photographed two motorcycles as a father and his 12 year… READ MORE >

Castle Hill, Arthurs Pass, South Island, New Zealand

Those of us who have been born and raised in this wonderful country – colloquially titled “Godzone”, as well as many who have traveled here at a later stage – often to remain, are already convinced of the wonders this distinctive nation offers.  For me, it is a feeling that is reinforced every time I arrive home after a trip away.  But never more so than when I have the opportunity to return to the South Island and my true “home of homes” – the peaks… READ MORE >

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Its that time of year again and we will shortly be kicking off our 2014 Travel Photography Awards!! And with quite a few changes this year… New look website (see below), Pro and Amateur categories this time, new prizes, new judges… Its all very exciting as we put the finishing touches on the website ready for launch in February. If you want to read about the prize winner Dana Allen’s trip to Tahiti last year then have a look at this post here. Otherwise, start putting… READ MORE >

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