Lennox photographer on shortlist for international prize
IT'S the worldwide photography award that recognises the elite of the elite in wildlife photography and Lennox Head photographer Craig Parry has snapped his way onto the short list.
Not only has Mr Parry managed to get three of his photographs short-listed in the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, but he's beaten about 200,000 of the world's best professional photographers to do so.
"It's the echelon of wildlife photography in the world," Mr Parry said.
"For me it means I'm doing the right things and it just keeps feeding my passion to get out there."
The final round of judging for the awards will take place at the end of April, with the winners to be notified by mid-May.
While Mr Parry said he was surprised his two Hawaii-based photographs, Glide and Oahue elements, had made it onto the short list, many of his peers had already labelled the aerial Lennox Head bushfire photograph, Life and Death "award winning", even before it was short-listed.
"I think it's because of the unique combination of the image and its unique style of photography," he said.
"It's thinking outside of the box."
Mr Parry said being able to share his life through the lens of a camera was a huge part of his motivation.
"It's inspiring to get out there and take photos.
"What gives me the biggest buzz is when people look at my images and get that buzz of how beautiful the world is," he said.
Mr Parry said he would be closing his gallery in Lennox Head at the end of the month before re-opening a new store in Byron Bay at the end of the year.
In the meantime, the award-winning photographer will be heading to North Sumatra and Tonga as part of a new National Geographic television series.