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ABOUT georgina

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I am a nature photographer with a passion for birds, ethics and conservation.

I'm a country girl at heart. I grew up on an orchard in Donnybrook, a small country town in Western Australia, where I spent hours wandering about the native jarrah and marri bushland developing an enduring love of nature.

 

For the last fifteen years I have been working on various conservation projects as well as teaching the art and ethics of nature photography through workshops, talks and articles, both in Australia and across the world. The highlight of my work to date has been helping to raise the money to buy a magnificent wetland, home to a mob of endangered Australasian bitterns, on the southern coast of Western Australia (click here to find out more: Eungedup Wetlands).

 

In November 2021, my first book, titled For the Love of Birds, was published by Australian Geographic. All author profits from this book were donated to conservation.

"Georgina Steytler, one of Australia’s most gifted wildlife photographers, is passionate about birds and conservation. In this stunning collection of her work over the last decade, her poetic images portray birds as individuals, each with a character of its own, an intelligence and beauty to be admired, a mystery to be solved, a skill to be envied and each with a unique, and deserved, place in this world. An ethical artist who believes in treading lightly on the earth, she practices and describes the art of low impact photography which doesn’t distress wildlife or disturb natural behaviours. Georgina’s photographs are created to evoke emotion and imagination. She’s drawn to birds with personality and likes to use the elements, light and landscape around the bird to portray a sense of place, scale, perspective, contrast, mood and mystery. In For the love of birds, you’ll get to know some of Australia’s 830 species of birds in a series of beautiful and powerful images that will reconnect you with our natural world and inspire you to notice the wonderful birds all around us."

 

 

My follow up book, For the Love of Flora, was released in October 2023. Part-proceeds from this book will also be donated to conservation.

"Artistically photographed by Georgina Steytler, this book is an enchantment of our native flora, celebrating its beauty and diversity - from the more familiar eucalypts and wattles to carnivorous sundews and secretive orchids."

The purpose of these books is to encourage more Australians to appreciate and love our nature. We are so lucky to live in one of the most unique and biodiverse countries on earth, yet we are squandering these natural assets at a faster rate than ever. Clearing of native vegetation continues at unpredented levels. With every development of virgin bushland approved, another slice of paradise is paved and lost forever. And it will continue as long as the majority of Australians do and say nothing. In the words of Jane Goodall: 

"The greatest danger to our future is apathy... We will have to stop depending on someone else to save the world. It is up to us - you and me, all of us."

I currently live in Albany with my husband and a beautiful, if a little demanding, Belgian Shepherd. If you are ever in this part of the world, send me an email and I'll be more than happy to catch up over a  good cup of coffee. 

~Photographic Philosopy~

I am a self-taught photographer. Over the years I have tried to master the technical aspects of nature photography, whilst also developing an eye for an aesthetically pleasing composition. My favourite saying is attributed to Pablo Picasso:

"Learn the rules like a Pro. Break them like an Artist."

I also believe that as a nature photographer, I have a duty to do everything in my power to minimise our impact and help conserve our natural world. To find out more about the ethics of nature photography, please visit ETHICS. In this regard, my photographic philosophy can be summed up in these three words:

 

"Art. Conservation. Ethics."

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~Equipment~

2023 Onwards

Nikon Z8

Nikon Z6ii

Nikon Z 105mm Macro f/2.8 VR S Lens

Nikon Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens

Nikon Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens

Nikon Nikkor Z Teleconverter TC-1.4X​

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Super Telephoto Lens

MC14 Teleconverter

Olympus 60mm f2.8 Weatherproof Macro Lens

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Pre-2022

Canon EOS 1DX Mark III

Canon EOS 1DX

Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Canon Extender EF 2X II Teleconverter

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Super Telephoto Lens

MC14 Teleconverter

Olympus 60mm f2.8 Weatherproof Macro Lens

 

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~Judging~

World Organisation for Animal Health Photo Comeptition 2024

 

WildArt Photographer of the Year (Ongoing)

Close Up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) 2023

BirdLife Australia Photography Awards 2023

Ecological Society of Australia Photo Competition 2023

2023 Crikey! Magazine Photography Competition (Australia Zoo)

Journal of Wildlife Photography Monthly Photo Contest (US) 2023

Federation Photographique de France (Coupe de France Nature Image Projetée) 2023

Canopy Awards 2023

BirdLife Australia Photography Awards 2022

Trinidad & Tobago Nurturing the Wild Photo Competition 2022

Wildlife Vets International - Stories of Survival Photo Competition 2022

2022 Crikey! Magazine Photography Competition (Australia Zoo)

Australian Photography Awards 2020

2020 Crikey! Magazine Photography Competition (Australia Zoo)

Photographer of the Year 2020 (Australian Photography Magazine)

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year (2020).

 

Australian Bird Photographer of the Year  (2018, 2019)

Australasian Bird Fair (2018)

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~Awards & Nominations~

Winner (Birds in Flight), Festival de l’Oiseau et de la Nature 2024 (France)

Multiple Finalist (Plants & Fungi), BioPhotoContest 2023- International Nature Photography Competition (Italy)

Multiple Finalist, Australian Geographic (ANZANG) Nature Photographer of the Year 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023

Winner (Bird Behaviour), Birdlife Australia Photography Awards 2021

Winner (Peter Slater Memorial Prize for a monochrome photo), Birdlife Australia Photography Awards 2021

Multiple Shortlist (Bird Behaviour, Backyard Birds, Birds in the Landscape, Special Theme), Birdlife Australia Photography Awards 2021

Runner-up (Animal Habitat), Australian Geographic (ANZANG) Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Multiple Shortlist,  Bird Photographer of the Year 2021

Winner (Portfolio Prize), Bird Photographer of the Year 2020

Finalist (Birds in Flight), Bird Photographer of the Year 2020

Finalist (Bird Behaviour), Bird Photographer of the Year 2020

Grand Prix Winner, 2019 EAAFP Waterbirds Photo Contest 

Silver Award (Birds in Flight), Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 

Winner (Invertebrates: Behaviour), Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018

Runner-up (Animal Behaviour), Australian Geographic (ANZANG) Nature Photographer of the Year 2018

Winner (Creative Imagery), Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 (UK)

Winner (Wildlife), Australian Photography Awards 2017 

Winner (Tom Oliver Award), BirdLife Photography 2017

Winner (Best Photograph of the Year 2016), BirdLife Photography 2016 

Winner (Portfolio Prize), Australian Geographic (ANZANG) Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 

Winner (Popular Prize), Australian Geographic (ANZANG) Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 

Runner-up (Animal Behaviour), Australian Geographic (ANZANG) Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 

Runner-up (Threatened Species), Australian Geographic (ANZANG) Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 

Winner (Threatened Species), Australian Geographic (ANZANG) Nature Photographer of the Year 2015

Winner (Digital Creations), Australasian Bird Fair 2014

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