Biographic Feature on Olindias Formosus

The following photo of a flower hat jellyfish (Olindias formosus) features in a recent article posted on Biographic.

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I took this photo in May 2017 because the jellyfish’s pink and lime-green speckles were pretty. As it turns out, research published in 2015 demonstrates that this cnidarian uses fluorescence to attract prey, meaning that it’s colourful decorations are for more than show.

Click here to read the feature on Biographic, and here to read the research paper.

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New York Times Article

The New York Times featured an about whales online (7 January 2019): https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/07/science/whales-songs-acoustics.html

New York Times online 7 January 2019

New York Times online 7 January 2019

The lead photo is one of mine. The whale in the photo wasn't singing, even though much of the article discusses whale song.

In short, despite who knows how many combined hours of observation, recording and thinking about whale song, we basically don’t know what’s going on.

For anyone who spends enough time in nature, this will come as no surprise.

It’s easy to get the mis-impression from watching documentaries and such that we know a lot.

While we’ve definitely made lots of progress and continue to do so in terms of our knowledge of the world around us, it’s good to keep proper perspective. We’ve got a lot to learn!

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Fine Art Prints

I have just put up a new website dedicated to showcasing fine art prints. I am featuring 27 images of humpback whales to begin with, and will add more images over time. Click through to take a look and take advantage of special holiday prices and discounts!

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year (#wpy54)

This portrait of a mature male Asian sheepshead wrasse (Semicossyphus reticulatus) that I took last year will receive recognition (Highly Commended, Animal Portraits category) at the upcoming 54th Wildlife Photographer of the Year (#WPY54) awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London on 16 October.

Highly Commended, Animal Portraits category #wpy54

This fish was featured in BBC’s Blue Planet II, so if you haven’t already seen the series, watch the program to learn more.

I unfortunately will not be able to attend the gathering this year. I will be out photographing. 

If you’re in London or planning to visit soon, definitely go see the exhibit, which starts on 17 October!

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Interview in Signals Magazine

The June-August 2018 issue of Signals magazine, published by the Australian National Maritime Museum, features an interview with me and two other category winners of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest (#wpy53).

Signals Magazine, June-August 2018

Signals Magazine, June-August 2018

Written by Paul Teasdale of the Natural History Museum London, the article includes interviews with and underwater photos taken by Laurent Ballesta, Michel Roggo and me.

Please click here if you'd like to download a PDF copy.

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Book: Unforgettable Underwater Photography

The Natural History Museum in London has recently released a collection of underwater photographs, "specially selected for this unique book from the hundred of thousands of images received (for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest) over the last 50 years." Two of my photos are included in this portfolio.

 

Collection of underwater images from the Natural History Museum

Collection of underwater images from the Natural History Museum

Click here for ordering information.

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Interview and Portfolio in Alert Diver

I have an interview and portfolio of images in the Spring 2018 issue of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine, which should be reaching subscribers soon.

DAN Alert Diver Spring 2018

DAN Alert Diver Spring 2018

Here is a video introduction to the issue by Stephen Frink and DAN Director of Communications Brian Harper:

Please click here if you want to see an online preview of the magazine.

Please click here if you'd like download a PDF of my interview.

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Photographers Against Wildlife Crime

Spearheaded by Britta Jaschinski and Keith Wilson, the Photographers Against Wildlife Crime project has just published a book featuring images and stories from 24 photographers, who are all united in the goal of reducing and hopefully eliminating the awful things we do to animals. 

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The book will be translated into Mandarin, so that readers of Chinese can have the opportunity to learn about and understand some of the grave issues facing the world's remaining wildlife. Please considering purchasing a copy to support this effort. 

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Portfolio in Nature’s Best Magazine

The spring/ summer 2018 issue of Nature's Best Photography magazine features a portfolio of some of my cetacean images.

Portfolio of cetacean images, Nature's Best Photography spring/ summer 2018

Portfolio of cetacean images, Nature's Best Photography spring/ summer 2018

Here is a synopsis of the issue's contents: The Spring/Summer edition showcases the Winners from annual Best Backyards Photo Contest. This special issue also features Portfolios and Interviews from the 2017 Windland Smith Rice Awards by the Grand Prize winner: Lakshitha Karunarathna and the Youth Photographer of the Year: Ashleigh Scully, Landscapes category Winner: Sergio Tapiro Velasco, and the Outdoor Adventure winner: Marcio Cabral. Tony Wu brings us into the deep with his photos of whales. Learn about the #naturesbesttakeover on NBP Instagram by Amy Shutt and Brittany Crossman. And read Part 3 of the Mindful Lens by Charles Freligh.

Click here to order a copy.

Cover NBP Spring/ Summer 2018 issue (see the blue whale in the middle?)

Cover NBP Spring/ Summer 2018 issue (see the blue whale in the middle?)

Big Picture Photo Contest

I just finished looking through and completing the first-round judging of the entries for the 2018 Big Picture Photo Contest. It will still take a while to collate the input from all the judges and decide the winners. Stay tuned for the announcement of the results in early May!

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New Print: Humpback Whales Bubble Net Feeding

I've prepared a new image available for purchase as a fine art print, starting at US$35 for an 8 x 10. Click here to purchase.

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For all purchases of cetacean-themed prints, I will donate 10% of the purchase price to Oceanswell, an organisation dedicated to protecting marine mammals and marine environments in Sri Lanka, a place where I have spent a lot of time. Ship strikes are a major issue cetaceans face there, and increasingly so is harassment from tourists in speedboats.

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Interview on NHK World

I will be appearing on the program Direct Talk on NHK World on 2 February at 20:45 Japan time for a 15-minute interview. NHK World is the English-language channel of Japan's national broadcaster NHK.

Direct Talk, NHK World, 2 February 2018

Direct Talk, NHK World, 2 February 2018

 

The video will be made available at this link, though my understanding is that it will only be up for a couple of weeks.

Kimiko-san, the interviewer, asked me a lot of questions while I was jet-lagged, so my memory of what transpired isn't entirely perfect. Plus, she fed me with lots of great(!) food after our discussion, which ensured that my brain remained foggy until the next day. I'm pretty sure that screenshot is from when I described my first encounter with a whale though.

Besides chatting about marine life, we talked about some of the challenges facing the natural world now, including my contention that most people alive today have never visited the Planet Earth. My point being that urbanisation has resulted in the vast majority of humans today living in wealthy nations knowing cities and only cities.

Lack of direct experience with nature—i.e., at sea, on mountains, in forests, etc., but not in manicured parks and gardens—makes it difficult, if not impossible, for most people to truly grasp the scale and pace of destruction we have wreaked upon the planet, even within my lifetime.

I know I touched on the issue of ego-tourism as well—the destruction of nature and rampant harassment of animals for the sake of selfies and other bragging rights on social media—though I'm not sure what made it into the final cut.

Tune-in if you're interested and happen to get NHK World. Otherwise, the video should be online in a couple of days.

Behind the scenes, before starting the interview

Behind the scenes, before starting the interview

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