ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Stephanie Jackson

My addiction to photography means that the thought of a day without a camera in my hand is something that I look forward to with as much excitement as the idea of spending a weekend in a broom cupboard. Life, for me, is as good as it gets when I'm travelling in the great outdoors taking photos of stunning Australian landscapes or unique and beautiful wildlife, and after every trip I'm impatient to begin another adventure.

 

As a freelance travel writer and photographer I can paddle my kayak along lazy rivers, drift across the calm waters of lakes, dawdle along sandy beaches, and peer into every nook and cranny of outback or mountainous national parks all in the name of work. It's an enviable lifestyle that might appear to be an endless series of holidays, but in reality it's hard work, although you won't hear me complaining.

Floral art - Natures Mayhem

I've inherited my passion for plants from my father and grandfather who were both commercial nurserymen, and with a certificate in horticulture from the Royal Horticultural Society in Britain, and with an extensive sub-tropical garden that contains a vast range of plant species, you'll have to excuse me if I boast that I have a considerable knowledge of plants and their cultivation. The majority of the flowers shown on this site are species that thrive in my extensive garden that, enveloped by native woodlands, is a haven for birds and native animals, and that means that photographic opportunities are literally on the doorstep.

More than 300 of my images of Australian wildlife, from birds and animals to insects, reptiles and spiders, are included in my book 'Australian Wildlife On Your Doorstep', published by New Holland Publishers and available from book shops and online retailers.

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Natural stone arch at Mount Moffatt National Park in Queensland, Australia

During the approximately 25 years of my career, my written and photographic work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and calendars in countries throughout the world. My articles and images have also been used in advertising material, on commercial packaging, by Australian tourism authorities, and on numerous websites.

While the primary emphasis of my work as a writer relates to travel, I also cover agricultural issues, with my material having been published in several of Australia's most popular farming magazines, including the national publication Small Farms, to which I was a monthly contributor for around nine years.

I was a writer long before I had any concept of how to use a camera, and I began writing at such an early age that I've always assumed that I must have scrawled my first words in daubs of blood as I emerged, screaming and gasping, from the womb, but when photography came into my life it allowed me to incorporate my passion for wildlife and for flowers into my work.

Maheno shipwreck on beach at Fraser Island
Coastal view at Nambucca Heads - IMG 5D3 8698

When it comes to travel, I'll go anywhere where my passions and the chance of a good story or the opportunity to capture some great images lead me - from the coastal regions of Australia to the outback and anywhere in between. Overseas adventures have led me to South America where I've spent almost 12 months, and to Easter Island, Dubai, Singapore, and Britain, and although my extensive photo library includes many images of these varied destinations, you won't find them here as this site focuses entirely on images of Australia. If you're looking photos of any of these alternative regions however, please contact me to discuss your requirements.

In addition to their use in a wide range of commercial applications, many of my adorn the walls of houses and offices, and some have been reproduced in amazing situations, including on the walls of a railway tunnel at a theme park in the USA, and as a backdrop to a waterfall in a beautifully designed garden feature.

I hope you'll enjoy everything you see and read on this extensive and continually evolving site, and I look forward to hearing from you, but remember, if you find errors relating to the creation of this website, and I'm sure you will, I'm a photographer and a writer, not a computer nerd.

Website design and all images, text and articles are the copyright of Stephanie Jackson © 2020.