JONAS AND THE WHALES
AFTER taking tens of thousands of spectacular pictures of whales, Jonas Liebschner (left) is still searching for the perfect frame.
“It’s a passion, an addiction almost. You have to get the best shot possible and if you don’t get it, it’s a terrible feeling,” the 32-yearold German-born Bondi local said.
He was offered a whale-watching guide job on New Zealand’s South Island while backpacking, but soon started taking a camera out with him, and his photography addiction began.
By the time he arrived at Whale Watching Sydney 10 years ago, the now operations manager for the tour boat operator was deeply in love with the challenges of photographing the marine mammals.
“It’s a really cool job being so close to nature, watching whales,” he said.
Liebschner has now put together a photographic book — Whales of Sydney — featuring his best work.
He will donate a percentage of the book’s proceeds towards volunteer marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation group ORCCA. It’s his way of giving back.
“I’ve profited off the whales over the past 10 years because they have enabled me to be a photographer and take photos of them,” he said. “By buying the book, people can help the whales that way.”
Come June and July the northern migration of most of the 30,000 humpbacks who summered in the Antarctic will peak, and their trip north is much closer to shore than their southern migration.
Once again, Jonas will be cradling a big lens on a rocking boat, searching for that
A curious humpback, taken with a GoPro on a stick.
Who’s watching who? A humpback inspects a bow-full of humans.
A tail-slapping humpback framed by the Sydney skyline at sunset.