I'm honoured to have two of my photos judged into the top 100 in this years Australian Photography Awards for the landscape category. Both of these images were taken in the Victorian alps during winter this year and were a whole lot of fun to capture.
'Chilled'. Snow Gum, Mount Hotham, Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia
It was dumping snow so I spent the day exploring and photographing some of the highest snow gums on Mount Hotham. Battling strong winds and constant snow meant challenging conditions to keep my camera lens dry and not get blown away. The result was a capture of fresh snow falling on this 'chilled' snow gum. I love to experience such winter weather amongst stunning Australian scenery as well as bringing back photos of true winter alpine moments. Spending time out in these conditions really is rewarding, whether I'm out photographing on snow shoes or skiing.
Mount Feathertop and Mount Fainter, Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia
Below zero with a minus 14 degrees wind chill, I was huddled on the ground around my tripod to protect my camera from the buffeting winds. The spectacular Mount Feathertop made for a stunning backdrop. This awesome experience was how I started the day. Minutes after this photograph, the first flurries of snow began to fall as a snow storm set in, dumping nearly a metre of snow on the region. I love being out in conditions like this to capture the true magic of the Australian Alps in winter.