The new issue of Sport Diving magazine (Issue 148: October/November 2011) is now available throughout Australasia! I am really pleased to have my third cover shot with the publication and an article about diving in the Solomon Islands entitled 'The Land that Time Forgot'.
After the success of our dive/road trip south from Brisbane down to Tasmania, Laura and I decided that we should really just complete the east coast and drove up to northern Queensland. The original plan was to drive up to Ayr, just south of Townsville, where with another friend we would finally get to dive the wreck of the Yongala. We managed this part and did four dives there with the excellent Yongala Dive folk. They were a really brilliant bunch and it was handy that they had dorm style accommodation on site. It was after
The following article 'Night Diving: Dos and Don'ts' originally featured in issue of Asian Diver (volume 115, 4/2011) which includes some tips for happy night diving. In the same issue I has an image in the 'Art of Diving' section of a basket star shrimp (Periclimenes lanipes) running around its echinoderm host, taken at Wakatobi Dive Resort in Indonesia.
NIGHT DIVING - DOS AND DON'TS - By Richard Smith (2012)
The final leg of our road trip from Brisbane took us to the island state of Tasmania. We took the red eye ferry from Melbourne that left at 9pm and got us to Devonport on the north coast of Tasmania at 6am the next morning. We'd had quite a hectic weekend in Melbourne and were exhausted by the time we found our seats on the ferry. In hindsight maybe a cabin with actual beds would have been a good idea but we decided the cheap seats would be fine. We arrived in Tasmania at dawn and decided to take the scenic route to Hobart, where we were diving the next day. To cut a long story short w
After a couple of days chilling in Sydney with friends it was time to head south again on our epic Brisbane to Tasmania road trip. Part two was equally diverse and rewarding as the first. The thousand kilometres of coast we covered between Sydney and Melbourne gave us opportunity to encounter a variety of marine ecosystems starting in Jervis Bay. It is the largest natural Bay in Australia and was our first experience with a large macroalgal dominated habitat (i.e kelp). We saw heaps of filder rays, which are a kind of shovelnose ray that has a beautiful patterning over the body. It was
My friend Laura and I are currently on a geographically epic dive road trip from Brisbane to Tasmania. We are stopping at some of Australia's top dive sites on the way where I'm taking images and preparing an article about our adventures for Sport Diving Magazine. I've spent the last few years diving tropical coral reefs conducting research for my PhD studies so I was keen to experience some of the cooler waters off Australia. I became slightly obsessed with planning the trip and we'll be visiting a number of locations in search of particular spe
The Zoological Society of London is a UK based charity devoted to the conservation of animals around the world. The produce an annual Conservation Review highlighting their major acheivements. I was honoured to have the image on the front cover of the 2009/2010 edition. They are one of the World's most important conservation organisations and I am pleased to be able to support them with my images.
EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally Endangered) is a conservation initiative, which focuses on species that aren't necessarily the most glamorous but are highly evolutionarily distinct compared to other living species.
I have an article about how to photography the behaviour of underwater creatures in the new issue of Asian Diver magazine (1/2011) that will be available throughout Asia and Australia soon.