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About Graham Elliott
I've been passionate about photography since I was very young. I remember saving my pocket money when I was a boy so that I could buy a new black and white polaroid camera.
I've studied photography at various times and with various organisations and photographers. I'm a qualified photojournalist and have also done portrait work (love it) and weddings (not my thing!).
I'm an adventurer at heart and have always had at least one camera in my backpack.
My adventures include:
Helping two amazing whale researchers in Western Australia as a volunteer for a short time and learning lots about humpback whales.
Riding a 900cc motorbike solo around Australia over four and a half months, six months after getting my license.
Flying aeroplanes, including a Russian MiG-25 at more than twice the speed of sound at 80,000 feet.
Being part of a group climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for UNICEF Australia (we raised over $84,000).
Taking the opportunity to dive to the wreck of the RMS Titanic in a small submarine.
I've since spent time volunteering with different projects in Africa and this has given me first-hand experience of the issues confronting conservation (animal and environment) today. This drives my fine-art print photography work as I believe the more we connect with nature, the more we appreciate it. Not everyone gets the opportunity to go where I've been, but I hope by sharing my work, some of my passion will rub off too. That's why 10% of the proceeds from print sales go to projects I've worked with.
I'm also a qualified life coach, NLP practitioner and behavioural profiler. What all of that boils down to is that I love to see people being successful, especially in areas where they have struggled. This passion is behind my training courses; I believe that having a creative outlet is essential for good mental health and general well being. Photography is one of those activities where there is always something new to learn. I have tried to make my courses as accessible as possible and the membership programme is designed to build a virtual community of people around the world. Who knows what possibilities that can create?
I learnt a huge amount about research and conservation while volunteering on Enderby Island. My biggest takeaway was how little we know about the oceans.
I moved to Australia in 1997 and decided to mark this change in my life by riding solo around the country. Here I am on my 900cc Yamaha Diversion in the Northern Territory.
Photographing humpback whales is one of my passions. The combination of whales and weather can be a breathtaking experience, even if the elements don't always cooperate.
I had the opportunity to dive to the wreck of this famous ship back in 2001. I was in a small, three-person submarine and it was one of the most extraordinary and moving experiences of my life.
Posing with my first photobook. I hope this will become one vehicle that generates funds for conservation projects. Some of the proceeds support EHRA in Namibia.
Getting up at 5.00 am in the freezing cold can be wearing but definitely worth it to get photos of tigers in India. I spent 10 days at the reserve in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh.
In 2017 I joined a group to raise money for UNICEF Australia by climbing Kilimanjaro. I made some great friends and we raised over $84,000. It was a challenging experience in many ways.
One of the activities I had in Namibia was helping to build a rock wall. This wall protected a water tower from damage by elephants. This helps elephants and people to live together.
Distance running began as preparation for my Kilimanjaro climb. I like to challenge myself and got into the habit of running. I've completed two half-marathons but not a full one (yet).