Shoot the Northern Lights with an astrophotography master

gee_fulllife_dphoto_oct14 A trip to the Arctic and Norway sounds like a pretty great trip in itself, but combine it with seeing the Aurora Borealis performing incredible light shows, and learning how to capture it on camera, and you're heading into the realms of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Mark Gee, a Wellington-based photographer and one of the country's leading astrophotographers, leads the Northern Lights photography masterclass, The Art of Night, from December 12–18, 2014.

Participants will learn from the world-class digital visual effects artist, who will condct daily hands-on workshops, as well as experiencing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like dog-sledding expeditions, nightly Northern Lights hunts, close encounters with wolves, and reindeer-sledding in the Arctic landscape.

Plenty of Mark's night photography secrets will be shared with attendees while capturing the light shows, which will not again be as vibrant as during this expedition until 2024.

There are only six spaces left so if this trip sounds like a pre-Christmas trip for you, book now.

Iris '14: Travel, Wedding Classic and Creative

Continuing D-Photo's online coverage of this year's Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Travel, Wedding Classic and Wedding Creative categories.

Travel category: Mike Hollman

Auckland's Mike Hollman makes his second showing in the champions list by taking the top travel spot of the year, a title he continues to hold from last year's Iris Awards. The richly detailed winning images come from Mike's travels in China.

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(C) Copyright Mike Hollman - Travel Category - Silver ImageSilver award

Wedding Classic category: Jason Naylor

Jason Naylor, from Wellington wedding team We Do Photography, took the top spot in the Wedding Classic category this year, with a portfolio of dynamic, contemporary wedding imagery. The Wedding Classic category recognises excellence in genuine wedding photography, taken at an actual wedding, and focussing on in-camera skills. Jason also topped this year's Wedding Album category.

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Wedding Creative category: Jake Thomas

Jake Thomas, an Australian expat now living in New Zealand, was named this year's winner in the Wedding Creative category, for his striking set of innovative wedding shots. The Creative category allows for images created outside of the official wedding event and permits for more experimentation with composite and post-production techniques.

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(C) Copyright Jake Thomas - Wedding Creative Category - Silver ImageSilver award

You can follow all of D-Photo‘s coverage of both the Iris Awards and the Infocus photography conference here.

Eyes on Asia winners gallery

In D-Photo no. 59 we featured interviews and imagery from the winners of the inaugural Eyes on Asia competition, designed to showcase the best of positive travel images from the Asia-Pacific region. Here we present a full gallery of profiles from the winners featured in that issue.

 Overall winner: John White, Australia

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Stars, Australia


Kata Tjula, Australia


Outback, Australia


Uluru Climb, Australia


Uluru, Australia

Professional Travel Portfolio: Berthold Trenkel, France

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Fishermen in Xiapu, Fujian province, People's Republic of China

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Fishermen in Xiapu, Fujian province, People's Republic of China

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Fishermen in Xiapu, Fujian province, People's Republic of China

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Fishermen in Xiapu, Fujian province, People's Republic of China


Amateur Travel Portfolio: Jan Kostal, Czech Repubic

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Holi and Kumbh Mela festivals, India

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Holi and Kumbh Mela festivals, India

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Holi and Kumbh Mela festivals, India

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Holi and Kumbh Mela festivals, India

Professional Nature category: Ethan Lim, Singapore


Japanese Macaques


Amateur Nature category: BK Chin, Singapore


Humpback Whale in Tonga


Professional Sense of Place category: Kimberly Coole, UK

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Fishermen in Sri Lanka


Amateur Sense of Place category: Robert Lang, Australia


Gawler Ranges, South Australia


Professional People category: Javier Arcenillas, Spain

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Rohingya Muslim girl, southern Bangladesh


Amateur People category: Simon Urwin, UK

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Beauty Parlour, Murun, Mongolia

 For more information on where and how the images were created and the photographers behind them be sure to pick up D-Photo no. 59, on sale now.

Young nature lovers' chance to win a dream trip

ContikiIf you, or someone you know, happens to be a young photographer with a passion for nature and a thirst for adventure,  youth travel company Contiki Holidays is currently running a competition that is worth a look. Up for grabs is the chance to travel on a six-day Costa Rica Unplugged trip accompanied by renowned documentary film maker, adventurer and storyteller, Céline Cousteau (granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau), during Earth Month this April.

Open to young people (here meaning those aged between 18 and 35) around the world, the competition seeks creative  photographic, video or written submissions answering the question, 'Where do you feel closest to nature?'

Submissions should be made to the competition's Tumblr page by February 28 (check out the full terms and conditions here) and three winners will be selected by a judging panel, including Cousteau, and announced on March 6.

Co-sponsored by the Matador Network media company, winners will also receive a scholarship to the MatadorU online journalism program, learning skills they can test while exploring the unique conservation environment of Costa Rica, including its unique Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation.

You can visit the competition's Tumblr page to view the other entries already submitted before entering your own.