STUNNING: Craig Parry won an international photography competition with this picture of a humpback whale off the coast of Tonga.
STUNNING: Craig Parry won an international photography competition with this picture of a humpback whale off the coast of Tonga. Craig Parry

Whale shot is a winner for Craig Parry

MULTI-international award-winning Lennox Head photographer Craig Parry has done it again, this time taking out the Under Exposed category for the Outdoor Photographer of the Year awards.

Mr Parry's underwater photograph of a humpback whale off the coast of Tonga is one of seven category-winning photographs picked by judges from a pool of more than 10,000 entrants from across the globe.

The overall Outdoor Photographer winner, to be selected from the category winners and announced on February 15, will be taken on an "adventure of a lifetime" as they cross the Scandinavian Arctic on the Fjällräven Polar dog-sled expedition in April.

From the thousands of underwater photographs taken of whales near Tonga, Mr Parry said this one stood out because of the "dynamic movement" captured in the shot. "I had some really nice static images but I think when you sort of capture movement like that, it's unique and that's what really stood out," he said.

"It's the feeling you get from the image, and that feeling was a lot stronger than the others.

"It's exciting because they haven't drawn the overall winner yet."

This Saturday, Mr Parry leaves for Hawaii where he'll spend two weeks studying and photographing the tiger shark with world renowned shark conservationist Juan Oliphant.

"He's going to take me out on his boat in Oahu and we're going to free-dive with tiger sharks without a cage.

"The reason I'm doing this is one, I want to show the world, and to show Australia more importantly, that sharks aren't the vicious killing machines that Hollywood has made them out to be and that shark culling is not the way forward."

Mr Parry's whale photos are on exhibition at Driftlab, 16 Old Pacific Hwy, Newrybar, until mid-February.


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