At the end of St.Kilda pier, and just a few kilometres from the city centre of Melbourne, lives a colony of little penguins (Eudyptula minor) - the smallest of the worlds penguin species. Every night sometime after sunset, the adults of the colony will come home to nest. â€¨â€¨Occassionally a few can be found standing on the top of the rocks, calling for their mate, drying themselves, or simply watching the world from a different perspective - above the water. â€¨ To capture this image took me about 30 hours of field time in the middle of the night, starting about 10pm once the summer sun had fully set.
â€œWildlife images are one of the most powerful ways we have of engaging people in the natural worldâ€ â€“ Sir David Attenborough. Because of this, I share most of my photographs with not-for-profit organisations whose values and goals closely align with mine, such as WWF, Australian Conservation Foundation and National Geographic â€“ organisations who want to inspire people and communities to discover, value and protect the natural world. I initially trained as a zoologist, and then later in bioethics with one of the greats Peter Singer. After many years in healthcare marketing, now in addition to conservation photography, I run a science/environmentally focused communication consultancy called The Framing Effect, whose aim is to help people influence more effectively, both with words and with images. I am also currently a senior critic for the worlds largest curated photo community (1x.com), a governor of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Australia, and part time during semester, I teach Science Communication and Marketing Ethics at the University of Melbourne. You can also find some of my conservation and wildlife photography on Facebook on Instagram. I infrequently post on Pintrest and Twitter, however I am there if interested. My hope is that the images, information and skills I share, will help engage people to care more, and so behave differently, towards the world around them.