by David Hancock
Coastcare is a National Australian organisation made up of largely
volunteers that, put simply, care for our unique and extensive
Australian coastline. As you can imagine they perform a myriad
of functions and I take my hat off to every one of them. It is
funded by both Government and corporate sponsorship.
I entered the competition (Coastcare Photography Contest) after
someone sent me an email which refutes the common argument heard
that only pornography or viruses come through the net. I was very
pleased to see in the "rules of entry" that the organisers
did the right thing regarding copyright and crediting of the selected
Ned's Beach, Lord Howe Island
Anyone who has been to Lord Howe will understand the extraordinary
beauty of the place and I hope this image goes a little way to
conveying the special ecological importance of the Island to Australia.
The whitemen who stumbled across the Lord Howe, whilst in search
of food for the First fleet settlement in Sydney were the first
men to walk upon it's shores and we are very lucky to have access
to such a pristine environment.
I'm not quite sure of which Islander can take the credit for
the daily feeding of the fish at Ned's beach but it is a ritual
that has been observed now for many years and it allows tourists
the unique experience of seeing a large variety of big fish up
close. It is a fervent hope of mine that we could develop more
"Marine Reserves" like this on the Australian Coast.
Just little areas that we set aside to simply feed and observe
fish and marine life.
The image was created by "stitching" four photographs
together in the computer - something I have done very little of,
but I feel that in so doing it has captured the feeling of being
Man Alone at Seal Rocks
I don't know if it is the right thing to try and give an explanation
for photographs such as this one. It is one of those photographs
that may have a different meaning for every person who views it.
It was taken in the morning after rain several years ago at Seal
Rocks and it is a very special photograph for me. I have been
back several times and it has never looked as good or the same
and that in itself is very precious to me.
About the Author: David Hancock
has 20 years of freelance experience in newspapers, magazines,
corporate, pr. - in Australia and the Pacific region. Clients
include: CocaCola, AGL, Telstra, Agence France-Presse, Fairfax
Publications, Hello Magazine(UK) and Daily Telegraph (UK). I Specialize
in digital-transfers to anywhere in the world. Specialized fields
of Men/Manhood, women/birth/pregnancy/children.
Qualifications & Experience
A wealth of experience dealing with people from the most humble
to the most difficult. Primarily a news/magazine and agency photographer,
I have learned to shoot anything, anywhere. I work in both 35mm
You can see more of David's work at the following websites:
- The Image Brokers (David Hancock)