I was born and raised in New Zealand but I now call the United States of America and Minnesota home.
I have been a photographer for 40 years, beginning in old 1980's darkrooms and one hour labs to a national Kodak lab and a long stint as a chief reporter and photographer in a New Zealand newspaper.
As a senior journalist and chief reporter I have published hundreds of news, feature articles and photographs.
Over a period of 10 years, several of my news photographs were chosen as finalists in the New Zealand Community Newspaper Awards, where I competed with nationally recognized senior photographers.
After two years in the news business I was chosen to lead and improve the editorial content of a twice-weekly community newspaper in a rural area. We exceeded all expectations and were nationally recognized along the way.
As chief reporter for a New Zealand newspaper, my photojournalism work has also been recognized. Over a period of five years, several of my news photographs were chosen as finalists in the New Zealand Community Newspaper Awards, where I competed with nationally recognized senior photographers. I was also a finalist in the Otago Wildlife Photography Competition five years in a row but never bloody won the thing!
In 2010 two of my photographs were named in the final 12 out of 250,000 photographs in the Peregrine Adventures "Images of the World" photography competition.
In 2011 one of my photographs was also picked as a finalist in the The Nature Conservancy's 2012 Digital Photo Contest.
r my work was published on the online version of the Smithsonian Magazine and one of my King Penguin photographs was the National Wildlife Federation 'Photo of the Week' and featured in the June, 2014 issue of Wild Planet Photo Magazine. In February of 2014 my photo of a Red Billed Gull was 'Photo of the Week on an online gallery 'Focusing on Wildlife.'
I have also published several travel articles about life and death in the Southern Ocean.
Most recently my King Penguin photography was featured in the online version of the Smithsonian Magazine.
Things I've done..not all were intelligent...but I took some photographs along the way..
*Whale watching...six meter swells, set a vomiting record.
*Camel riding in outback Australia...would have been better had I not been hungover.
*Been to Guernsey...(see camel riding)
*Wilderness camping in Kenya..still have scars from the nocturnal spider bites and sunburn.
*Abseiled off a cliff in North West Scotland...twice.
*Hitch-hiked alone around Australia when I was 19...pretty dumb, lucky to be alive.
*Spent a month in Antarctica...best thing I ever did.
*Visited Ernest Shackleton's grave in South Georgia...always wanted to meet him.
*Met Sir Robert Falcon Scott's son...as above.
*Rounded Cape Horn in a Russian research ship...actually pretty dull.
*Can say 'watch out for the elephant pooh in five languages.
*Visited a nudist camp as a young journalist...rookies get all the best assignments.
*Invited to be a member of above nudist club..gracefully declined.
*Launched myself into a media scrum chasing Prince Charles...Prince Charles inadvertently kicked me in the kidneys...proud moment.
*Met a New Zealand Prime Minister...she made a joke and I didn't get it...maybe that's why she now works for the United Nations and I...don't.
*Survived months in India...never got sick once.
*Stuck my hand in the Ganges River...as above.
*Ate crocodile in New Orleans...still don't know why.
*Taken many 'save the camera at all costs' falls...getting pretty good at it.
*Spent many days hiking in New Zealand wilderness alone....try it, it's fun.
*Stood on top of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, the Sears Tower, Empire State Building and the World Trade Center...still not keen on heights.
*Washed dishes in Scotland, England, New Zealand, Australia and Austria...actually enjoyed it.
*During my journalism career I was a celebrity judge at a dog barking contest...I took it very seriously.
*Went to a sled dog race in Northern Minnesota...thought I would die from the cold...was warmer in bloody Antarctica.
*Rode a Greyhound bus around America alone...again, probably not smart but was a heck of a ride.
*Ate a Beaver tail in Canada....not what you think.
*Paid my respects at Dealey Plaza...and at Southfork Ranch.
*Played one pool game against Eddie Charlton (World Champion snooker and billiards player) I lost, but only by two shots. He died the following year.
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