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Underwater Photography Exhibition in Cairns, 17th-26th September 2010.Exhibition Opening
September 17th was opening night and with close to 100 people in the Hugs Art Gallery on Abbott Street there was a great atmosphere. Over 30 images are currently gracing the walls and the feedback has been fantastic. Here are some comments to date:

Paul Poles: "Absolutely beautiful photography. Loved It!"
Kim Thirkell: "These photos are amazing, I loved them – thank you for sharing."
Monika Church: "Very special, Thanks."
Jude Shannon: "Impressive combination of diving, photographic and artistic skills."
Henriette and Heinrich: "Really nice! Enjoyed getting to meet Xanthe as well. Good luck for the future, sure it's going to be very successful."
Peter Mooney: "Fantastic display of colours"
Bronwyn & Suzie: "Amazing photos with depth and colout"
John Clearwater: "Beautiful and truthful"

Photos from the exhibition opening are now online, click here to view them.

Come along Cairns Underwater Photography Exhibition September 2010 and see the exhibitionl which is open each day from 12-8pm. For more information
please click here, or to register your attendance through the facebook event please click here.

Exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
The Australian National Maritime Museum recently hosted a three month exhibition of my images from the Wreck Reef and HMCS Mermaid Expeditions. This exciting exhibition had over 50,000 visitors and will now be expanded and taken on the road. Stay tuned for dates, potential locations are Cairns, Townsville, Brisbaneand Canberra in 2011. To read the full story and see images of the expedition click here.

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Coral Sea, Wreck Reef Expedition with the Australian National Maritime Museum and Silentworld Foundation.
Two expedition vessels and a team consistingof members from Silentworld Foundation, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Flinders University, plus the Department of Water, Environment, Heritage and the Arts all headed 230 nautical miles out to sea from the Queensland port of Gladstone. The expedition was to explore the historic shipwreck sites of Wreck Reefs in the Coral Sea. Two full weeks were spent on location and many exciting discoveries were made. The significance of this area to Australia's maritime heritage is immense and the expedition was very succesful in portraying that importance. For further information read on in this article.

Photography Workshops in Cairns.
March 2010 is the start of a new and exciting adventure for me...the launch of Underwater Photography Workshops in Cairns. Currently there has been nowhere in Cairns for the many people passing through to learn and understand the skills, tips and tricks that make great underwater photographs. Whether they are heading into the water for the first time or looking to refine and enahnce their skills...I have designed a series of workshops to suit different levels. The workshops are also designed to be flexible in their delivery, allowing for customisation of each workshop to suit student's current knowledge and understanding.

Harbour Dive Underwater Photography Workshop (Mornington, Victoria)
On the 10th and 11th October 2009 a weekend Underwater Photography Workshop was held at Harbour Dive on the Mornington Peninsula. John, Cathy and Mel run a great dive store and the participants in the course came from all levels of experience...beginners who had never taken a camera underwater through to advanced photographers who have transitioned from film to Digital SLR's. It was a great weekend, with great people and lots of enthusiasm. The diving under Mornington and Portsea piers produced a really good 'mixed bag' of subjects for everyone to put into practise their new knowledge. Thank you to everyone that attended.

New Photo Gallery.
I have just launch a brand new photo gallery which I hope you will find has several improvements: searchable images, larger range of images, ability to purchase and download, plus a new improved interface. Just follow the 'gallery' link above or click here. Please let me know your thoughts!

HMCS Mermaid.

In January 2009 a team from the Australian Maritime Museum headed off in search of the wreck location of HMCS Mermaid. As expedition photographer and videographer I had the priviledge of working alongside some of Australia's top marine archaeologists and watching them in action as they worked hard to located the wreck site. Their skills, knowledge and research paid off when we located not one but two separate previously unidentified wreck sites on Flora Reef (east of the Frankland Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland). The second of these sites has been confirmed as that of HMCS Mermaid. Read More... - Great Barrier Reef Coral Spawning 2008. It is that time of year...there has been a lot of underwater love around: cuttlefish laying eggs, octopuses mating and, of course, coral spawning. This year the Great Barrier Reef put on an amazing display. I was lucky enough to capture some imags of the action and these are now available in the image catalogue.

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