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Dar­ren Jew’s award-win­ning pic­ture of killer whales taken while on a pho­to­graphic ex­pe­di­tion to Nor­way SWIMMING with a pod of whales is no mean feat.

It’s a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity that award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Dar­ren Jew doesn’t take for granted. He de­scribes it as “mag­i­cal”. The Aus­tralian elite Canon Master pho­tog­ra­pher took th­ese in­cred­i­ble im­ages within a few me­tres of some male and fe­male Orca whales while on a re­cent ex­pe­di­tion to the beau­ti­ful fjords around the Sk­jervøy re­gion of north­ern Nor­way.

Mr Jew, whose pho­tog­ra­phy ca­reer be­gan in Queens­land, has been to the Nor­we­gian coast three times.

He told the Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian that pho­tograph­ing them in this en­vi­ron­ment was the hard­est task he has ever done. He was wear­ing a thick 7mm wet- suit when he free-dived from the sur­face to take th­ese photos in Novem­ber this year dur­ing the Or­cas’ feed­ing sea­son.

“In Novem­ber, days are get­ting shorter, there are no sun rays, just dawn and dusk. By the end of the month, days are just three hours long and that’s how long you have to shoot.”

Jew’s lat­est book, ti­tled Un­der­wa­ter Aus­tralia, takes na­ture lovers be­low the sur­face of our wa­ters.

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