<strong>Mark Gee is an <a href="http://theartofnight.com/awards/" target="_blank">award winning</a> photographer & digital visual effects artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile and Oscar award winning <a href="http://markg.com.au/filmography/" target="_blank">feature films</a>. His love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.</strong>
Wholly self-taught, Mark’s style of photography is influenced by his many years of experience in the feature film business, & with an eye for detail he strives to produce creative images of exceptional quality, no matter what the subject. Since he began to seriously focus on developing his photography skills over a decade ago, Mark has continuously worked on improving his craft, thriving on setting the bar ever higher and challenging himself to do better yet every time he sets out to shoot.
<p align="left">While his images portray a wide variety of subjects, in the past few years <a href="http://markg.photoshelter.com/gallery/Fine-Art-Prints-Astrophotography/G0000IiXcpwB2ksc/C0000B052TmaztT8" target="_blank">astrophotography</a> in particular has captured Mark’s imagination and interest. He often ventures out to the darkest, most remote skies all around the country, enjoying the challenge of combining New Zealand’s striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky in new, creative ways. This has led to international success with Mark being short-listed in the 2012 & 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year, a finalist in the 2012 World Open of Photography, and 4th place in the <a href="http://www.twanight.org/newTWAN/news.asp?newsID=6097" target="_blank">2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Competition</a>, as well as having images published in various books and magazines.</p>
<p align="left">Marks recent short film, '<a href="http://markg.com.au/2013/01/full-moon-silhouettes/" target="_blank">Full Moon Silhouettes</a>' also gained him international acclaim after going viral online, and has been broadcast all over the world by the likes of CNN, The BBC, NASA and various other main stream media.</p>
In 2013, Mark won the prestigious <a href="http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/2013-winners/" target="_blank">Astronomy Photographer of the Year</a>. Not only did he win it overall, but Mark also won the <a href="http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/2013-winners/earth-and-space/" target="_blank">Earth and Space category</a>, and the <a href="http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/2013-winners/special-prizes/" target="_blank">People and Space category</a> which had never been done before in the competitions history.</p>
Since then, Mark has gone onto to sharing his passion and knowledge on the public speaking circuit. One of the highlights of that was his well received <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOzdXNXzDqE" target="_blank">TEDx talk</a> in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2014.
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