Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival is extraordinary. For nine days and nights devotees, primarily Thais with Chinese ancestry, wear white, observe a vegetarian diet, abstain from alcohol and sex and perform religious rites to purify body and mind. Celebrated most famously in Phuket, the festival sees gods from the temples paraded around town on palanquins. The raucous processions are incessantly showered with fire crackers, filling the air with noise, smoke and red paper. However, what makes the festival such a remarkable spectacle […]
For four nights in late October I went out to photograph the aurora borealis with Marianne and George from Marianne’s Heaven on Earth Aurora Chaser Tours in Tromso, Norway. These images are from the two most spectacular nights. Chasing, watching, waiting and shooting the aurora is now right up there with my most memorable adventures. It was a truly exciting travel and photographic experience.
Images from Turkey, shot on my photography tour for World Expeditions with a small group of enthusiast photographers. See the Turkey Gallery for more images.
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Here’s a small selection of images from the Top End Wilderness Photo Safari at Bamurru Plains where a small group of photography enthusiasts were treated to an amazing array of bird and wildlife on this remote floodplain property and some spectacular wilderness landscapes in Bamurru Plains and Arnhem Land, on the ground and from the air. Getting around the floodplains on air boats, watching the sun rise and set at quintessential billabong locations and climbing Injalak Hill in Arnhem Land to see remarkable […]
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Just back from a brilliant two weeks in Bhutan escorting a World Expeditions group around some of the country’s highlights including Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the Paro festival, and the awesome Dzongs at Trongsa, Jakar and Punakha. Check out the image gallery for lots more photographs.
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The Sydney Mardi Gras took place the day after I got home from a month in South America. It struck me as a cross between the carnaval parade in Montevideo and one of the street parties in Rio. Like those events it was colourful, crazy and joyful and just shows you don’t always have to go far from home to shoot great festivals.
Carnaval in Rio was awesome. To see a whole city partying day and night for five days straight was quite something. Shooting a variety of images of the Samba School Parade from the grandstand was challenging but nicely countered by the ease of access to the street parties, as long as you don’t mind being in the middle of a massive, surging crowd. To see more images go to the Rio de Janeiro image gallery.
Thanks to Lonely Planet and World Expeditions here’s a great offer to start the new year – the chance to win a place on my upcoming Bhutan tour. Click here for details and good luck! It’s going to be a great trip.
Strut the Streets is one of AIME’s (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) annual fundraising events. Participants walk the streets of Sydney’s CBD in swimwear to raise money to help Indigenous kids finish school at the same rate as every Australian child. It’s good fun for a great cause.
Sculpture by the Sea is an annual, free to the public, major arts event for Sydney, Australia. Sculptures by artists from around the world are placed along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk and attract huge crowds. Photographing at sunrise on a stormy morning gave me the chance to capture the artworks without having to wait too long for other visitors to move along.
On assignment for World Expeditions I joined a group on a 16 day trip travelling from Ha Long Bay to Ho Chi Minh City. The trip included a 9 day cycle ride covering around 650kms from Hue to Nha Trang through the central highlands. See more photographs in the Vietnam image gallery.