AUSSIE PHOTOGRAPHER’S ‘KILLER’ PICTURE
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.