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From the incomparable west of coast of New Zealand this is currently my most well known photograph, successful in both the 2011 Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Windland Smith Rice awards. I will be a guest speaker at the Auckland Museum when the WPOTY exhibition opens in August 2012. I'll be discussing my coastal landscapes from around the world and New Zealand.

When I was starting out in landscape photography, one of the first books I bought and still love was Joe Cornish's "First Light". I learnt a lot about the use of light from that book. Little did I know that several years later I would be having a discussion with him about one of my own photos as he was a judge at WPOTY. He had some nice things to say on the NHM website.

"The words starfish, rock stacks and twilight do not do justice to this photograph. Brilliant use of light, colour and time, transforms this scene into an extra-terrestrial landscape."

There's a nice selection of my New Zealand landscapes and wildlife photography on the BBC Wildlife website.

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