Canon APPA Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015

Congratulations David!

On winning the once-in-a-career Ilford Highest Scoring Print award at the 2015 Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards

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AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015!

Natural Wanders

A nice article by Sarah Nicholson in Escape over the weekend, about my, and 6 other travel photographer’s favourite places to photograph.

And here is the printed version.

Maldives Photo Odyssey at The Best Hotel in the World!

MAROONED, ON AN ISLAND. WITH JUST YOUR CAMERA….AND YOUR BUTLER

So what do you do when you come to the world’s best hotel, in one of the most stunning place on the planet? Photograph it, of course!

We have combined a relaxing holiday with an opportunity to learn photography from two of the best, David Evans and Luke Simon. Our flexible workshop includes many optional lessons in a laid-back, informal setting to teach you how to capture the stunning Maldives, and come away with new skills and some great photos to show your friends.

Our program also leaves plenty of time to relax and enjoy all that Gili Lankanfushi has to offer…and it may just be the only photography workshop in the world with butler service!

You will not find this very special package rate anywhere else! It is all inclusive of overwater villa accommodation, transfers, cuisine, all tuition and more…just bring your camera and be prepared to be amazed!

Reindeer Sledding in the Arctic Circle!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be pulled on a sled by a reindeer in the arctic circle?

It is a very peaceful and beautiful way to travel. Shot with a Go-pro. Check it out!

With thanks to Nutti Sámi Siida, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

Swedish Lapland & Aurora Borealis Photography Tours

Swedish Lapland & Aurora Borealis Photography Tour announced for 2016!

Join David in early 2016 for this unforgettable photography tour in the arctic circle. Places are limited! Book here.

The Northern part of Scandinavia is an extraordinary place of beauty, intrigue and extremes. Inside the arctic circle, Lapland is an expansive region of snow, reindeer, the Sámi people and the infamous Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.

Traditionally, the Swedish believed the Aurora to be the souls of their ancestors, and something to be somewhat feared. The Finnish believed it to be the tail of the fox, swooshing across the sky. These days we know it to be the interaction of the sun’s radiation with the earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere. Although we now have this scientific explanation, there is no denying the incredible, uplifting experience of seeing the Aurora….and photographing it! Here is a breathtaking time-lapse video created by David on his recent journey in December 2014.

A classic Barossa scene on the eastern side of the valley at sunset, looking over the vineyards of Bethany to the hills beyond.

Barossa Valley

NEW RELEASE  |  A classic Barossa Valley scene on the eastern side of the valley at sunset, looking over the vineyards of Bethany to the hills beyond.

This is a scene that will never be repeated…well, without a cherry picker or perhaps a drone. Since creating this photograph, with permission, from the elevated side of a dam, the dam has since been removed and it isn’t possible to look over the vines from this place anymore. It’s kind of nice thinking that this moment is gone, but it will never be forgotten. How did I celebrate this image? With a glass of wine, of course!

The Barossa Valley in South Australia is one of Australia’s largest, oldest and most well known wine regions. It is particularly known for producing red wines, especially shiraz. I can tell you that there are many, many other fine varieties that come out of the valley…for instance Bethany, featured in the photograph, makes a damn fine white port.

A breathless, clear evening looking down on Nugget Point, with the unusually still Southern Ocean stretching south towards Antarctica. Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

Nugget Point – Otago NZ

LIMITED EDITION RE-RELEASE   |   A breathless, clear evening looking down on Nugget Point, with the unusually still Southern Ocean stretching south towards Antarctica. Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

After unsuccessfully trying to scale the cliff to get a higher view than from the main pathway to the lighthouse, I thought better of it and decided instead to jump the gate leading up the path towards some kind of meteorological weather station, and simply knock on the door and ask if I could set up on the cliff edge nearby. Multiple signs warning people like me to ‘keep out’ made me nervous, but there was nobody there. I could also swear there was a sensor on the main path that I triggered, but I figured the closest town was 20 mins away and I’d have at least that long to try and get a photograph or two.

I spent an afternoon and evening sitting, watching and taking it all in, until this moment just before sunset when the nuggets themselves were illuminated with a beautiful apricot-coloured glow. It was one of the most memorable days of my career, and thankfully no angry meteorologists arrived to spoil the moment.

As an aside, that evening I bought some fried rice from the local Chinese takeaway store, and I don’t know if it was the endorphins running through my body from the gorgeous day, but it was the best damn fried rice I have ever tasted!…and the south coast of NZ is a LONG way from China. in fact I scarcely think there would be a Chinese person in that part of New Zealand. It’s funny the things that the mind chooses to remember…

This small, perfectly still kettle lake reflects the wide glacial valley at Franz Josef, in Westland National Park, South Island, New Zealand.

Peter’s Pool – Westland NZ

NEW RELEASE   |   This small, perfectly still kettle lake reflects the wide glacial valley at Franz Josef Glacier, in Westland NZ, on the South Island.

On a crisp, cold morning, I woke early to walk up through the valley and see if there were any interesting atmospheric conditions over the Franz Josef Glacier. I soon arrived at Peter’s Pool and was greeted by this sight….albeit the day before this photograph was created. As I hurried to set up my tripod, load film and ready my camera, I became aware of the slightest breeze on my frosty cheeks. When I looked up from what I was doing with my equipment, I realised to my dismay that the small puff of breeze was enough to turn the glassy reflection into small ripples…and the shot was gone.

The weather in the area had been very stable, and the forecast was for more of the same. I surmised that if I returned the next day, setting my alarm for 10 minutes earlier, I might get another chance. Sure enough, it was like groundhog day, but in the best possible way. The weather and conditions were identical, and I was able to create this image…before the faint puff of breeze came drifting down the valley at the same precise time as the day before, and the scene was gone for another day.

A lone palm sways gently in the warm ocean breeze on a breakwater at Jumeirah Vittaveli on the island of Bolifushi, South Male Atoll.

Breakwater – Jumeirah Vittaveli

NEW RELEASE   |   A lone palm sways gently in the warm ocean breeze on a breakwater off the island of Bolifushi, South Male Atoll.

I can’t say there were too many hardships during my stay at Jumeirah. When our gracious hosts greeted us with a bottle of Moet & Chandon and a complimentary massage, the tone was set for a relaxing shoot. This is reflected in the photographs I created on the island….warm, lazy, tropical days in the gentle breeze.

Jumeirah Vittaveli is a gorgeous place, and the food in particular was also a standout. So too the quality of the reef and variety of marine life directly in front of our over-water villa.  Simply incredible.

The iridescent blue of a frozen waterfall, suspended in this haunting canyon in the cold depth of winter. Jasper National Park.

Maligne Canyon

NEW RELEASE  |  The iridescent blue of a frozen waterfall, suspended in the haunting Maligne Canyon in the cold depth of winter in Jasper National Park.

During the warmer months, the canyon comes alive with water of the liquid variety, flowing down into the Athabasca River and helping to sustain the huge amount of wildlife that resides in the area. Very little was stirring on this day, however, as the temperature hit a maximum of minus 10 degrees celsius. The day before was minus 26! Eh?

There are many things that stand out in Canada….it is big and everything in it is big, it’s eye-wateringly beautiful, it’s people are friendly, and it is cold! There are also a lot of animals that could eat you…at least that’s what Canadians will tell you, and you never can tell if they are joking. Regardless, it is undoubtedly a spiritual place for beautiful landscape photography, and one of the highlights of my travels.