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John Cooper EFIAP, FAPS

John Cooper's enthusiasm for wildlife photography was kindled when he attended a nature photography workshop in 1986, held in the Lamington National Park, Queensland. In 1987, John entered his first International Exhibition of Photography and in 1988 was awarded 'Best Nature Image in the Europicamera International, Belgium. Since then he has won in excess of 800 International awards.

In 1992 John was awarded the Fellowship of the Australian Photographic Society in recognition in International achievements and in 1996 he received the award of ‘Excellence’ from the International Federation of Photographic Art, France.In 1996 and again in 1997 John entered every International Photographic Salon around the world, and in both years was ranked First in the World as the most successful International Exhibitor in the Nature Print Section.

Although John enjoys photographing all aspects of nature, he finds the Australian bird life the most challenging and rewarding of all. In July 1999 John took an early retirement from his profession in Pathology to pursue his interest in natural history photography.

John uses Canon 35mm film and digital camera bodies with Canon lenses. Web Site www.johncooperphoto.com/

Jim Thomson FRPS

Jim Thomson's photography started back in the late 60's when he joined the Maitland Camera Club. By the 70's, Jim was showing an interest in wildlife and started to enter National exhibitions.

In 1994 Jim received his Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society and about the same time became a Fellow of the Australian Photographic Society. Jim has exhibited in most internationals over the years and has many awards to his credit.




I have been interested in natural history since I was a small child in England.
My early involvement with natural history in Australia was spent in conjunction with the then Curator of insects at the SA Museum rearing and working out life histories of Australian lepidoptera. This research soon lead to the need to put together a photographic record of our rearing.

My first camera for this project was a Praktica and I remain indebted to John Mack Senior for starting me off on the right track. My current equipment is Nikon for 35mm and Hasselblad for a larger format work.As a photographer I have exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas and am called on frequently to judge and lecture on nature photography.
As a nature photographer I am vitally concerned with the safety of my subjects whether birds, plants, insects or animals. Wherever possible my subjects are photographed in their natural environment and completely unrestrained. For birds, insects and animals this often means spending a considerable time ‘in the bush’ and having extreme patience.

I enjoy the use of black and white as there is a delicacy about good monochrome pictures that is not possible to achieve with colour. However I always use colour film as well as black and white when photographing. I will only use Kodak materials in particular Kodachrome for colour because it is the film that results in the most accurate colours without the often extreme colour saturation of the more modern films.

Jenni Horsnell AFIAP, FAPS

Having worked in the field of science for many years, Jenni has always had a fascination for the small things, whether it be through a microscope or through the macro lens on her camera.

She has been involved in nature photography since 1992 and much of her work shows the finer details of subjects like spiders and insects that many people don't see or even know exist. Other subjects Jenni likes to photograph include fungi, native orchids and wildflowers.

Jenni judges and regularly exhibits in national and international exhibitions and has won many awards for her images.

Photographic equipment used are Canon bodies, both digital and 35mm film and Canon lenses. Web Site www.jennihorsnell.com

Raymond Channells, OAM, EFIAP, FAPS, HonEFIAP, HonFAPS.

Ray is a retired Medical Practitioner, living in Yeppoon, in Central Queensland.

He has been interested in photography since boyhood, but only became serious after joining the Australian Photographic Society in 1964, initially in Pictorial and Experimental photography, but soon found his real place in Nature photography.

He has been Chairman of Nature Division, member of the Honours Subcommittee and President of A.P.S. He was an inaugural member of the F.I.A.P. Nature Commission from 1979 – 95.

His main interest is in observing and photographing water birds from a hide, in colour slides and monochrome prints, and he has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.

Ray uses Leica cameras and lenses, mainly long telephoto ones of 400 and 560 mm. focal lengths.