Archive for April, 2016

29.04.16

WILDLIFE WONDERS!

This Sunday from 10am – 4pm head along to the Discover Kanyana Day 2016, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre‘s annual open day fundraiser.

There will be stalls and food galore, plus you can visit the hospital and learn all about native animals. Guest speakers will be presenting seminars every 30 minutes on a variety of topics. Our very own Alex Cearns is on at 1pm talking about photography and working with wildlife.

Entry fee is $5 Per Person or $10 for a family (2 adults and up to 3 children) and this is a great day for the whole family. ‪#‎DiscoverKanyaya‬

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27.04.16

PHOTO FINISH!

So much fun sharing my favourites with Sunday Times (Perth) for the rear cover of their HOME magazine.

Tamron Lenses Spider Holster Guide Dogs WA Cobra Golf

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27.04.16

BOOK REVIEW!

This Charming Mum posted a lovely review of “Things Your Dog Wants You To Know” by Laura Vissaritis from Dognitive Therapy by Laura V, published by Penguin Books Australia, with photos by Alex Cearns.

http://thischarmingmum.com/2016/02/03/dog-training-guide/

Buy in store from all good book retailers or online from Booktopia.

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27.04.16

JUST ANNOUNCED!

Excited to hear that my photo series ‘Antarctic Life’ was awarded an Honourable Mention in the PROFESSIONAL – WILDLIFE category of the 2015 IPOTY – International Photographer of the Year Awards. The series shows each subject isolated in their environment, surviving in one of the toughest climates on earth.

http://iphotographeroftheyear.com/…/pr…/wildlife/show/hm/284

The overall Grand Prize was awarded to Australian photographer Yasmin Mund for her mesmerising photo “Rooftop Dreams”. Huge congrats to Yasmin and a well deserved win. Check out her image at http://iphotographeroftheyear.com/…/profes…/show/grand-prize

27.04.16

SPIRITUAL AUSTRALIA!

Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory is a World Heritage Area known for its stunning natural environment and the culture of its traditional Aboriginal owners, the Anangu people. Many Anangu reside in the small indigenous community of Mutitjulu, situated at the base of Uluru on the opposite side to the familiar tourist site. The traditional owners of this area have seen the rock cast into a deep silhouette for centuries.

Last month I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Mutitjulu and document an AMRRIC – Animal Management in Rural & Remote Indigenous Communities veterinary program, conducted by Dr Stephen Cutter and Vet Nurse Andrea Ru of The Ark Animal Hospital Darwin. AMRRIC is a not-for-profit charity that uses a One Health approach to coordinate veterinary and education programs in Indigenous communities across Australia.

To protect Anangu traditions and to find a compromise between safeguarding Anangu culture and the requirements of visitors, strict guidelines for photographers and film makers were developed in collaboration with the traditional owners, Parks Australia and representatives from the tourism, film and photographic industries.

In order to stay in Mutitjulu with culturally approved access to photograph in the national park, I obtained the appropriate permit from Parks Australia, viewed a DVD on cultural sensitivity in the area and had an in-person briefing at the Parks Australia office to ensure I was up to speed on what could and couldn’t be photographed.

High on the list of what cannot be photographed, are several restricted sacred sites on and around Uluru that can easily find their way into photographs if the photographer is unaware of the conditions and protocols at the site. Hence, great care must be taken when lining up shots as it is also forbidden to edit any of these sites out of an image. In addition, the issued permit states before images are released for public viewing, each photograph of Uluru must be approved by the Parks Media Office.

Despite being armed with all of this info, I very cautiously planned what I intended to shoot as I didn’t want to accidentally break local lore or park rules. Before arriving in Mutitjulu I had the concept of an image in mind – a community dog standing regally in front of magnificent Uluru.

My first day of exploration turned up a location which appeared to be a good place for the shot. It was free of man-made structures and to the left of a large vacant block in the centre of town. But lining up a dog in the perfect spot, so all sacred sites in the frame were not visible, was much easier said than done.

I lay on my back at the edge of the road next to the vacant land and called over some curious dogs who lived nearby. Three happily approached and started playing next to me. At first they were all cavorting around and photo-bombing each other, much too close for me to get a decent pic, so helpful vet nurse Andrea used treats to wrangle them into a better position.

Quickly losing interest in me after their treats, two of the dogs ran off down the road. As I turned to watch them go I noticed the last of the three observing his mates. I was amazed to see he was standing alert and perfectly still, Uluru was behind him and none of the sacred sites were exposed. Knowing he could race off at any second, I lined up and took the shot as fast as I could. Then, quick as a flash, he bounded away to join his friends.

I was thrilled to get a photo I came for and even though I took thousands more, this one is my favourites. Many things had to come together for it to work and I was so lucky they did. I knew it wouldn’t happen again!

Overall, I love this shot because it shows the quintessential outback landscape, the iconic Australian landmark of Uluru and a healthy community dog. Trees are blocking the sacred site to the left of the frame and the dog’s head and body are blocking the sacred site to the right of the frame. Thankfully the Parks Media Office stamped it “APPROVED” and it can now be released and used by AMRRIC.

My trip to Uluru was particularly special to me. I found it to be an extremely spiritual place, probably the most profound I’ve ever visited. There is an ancient feeling and palpable energy around the rock, which in itself feels alive. Walking around Mutitjulu I often felt like I was being watched, only to turn around and see Uluru looming up behind me. Watching me.

And to see first hand AMRRIC’s continuing work with the dogs in the community was inspiring. The dog population in Mutitjulu is under control and overall the dogs are very healthy. The sterilisations conducted by Dr Cutter and Andrea have prevented the birth of unwanted litters and the tick treatments administered and check ups completed significantly improve the lives of the dogs.

AMRRIC’s next project is to send a veterinary team to the community of Kalumburu, in the East Kimberly region in WA. Kalumbaru is extremely isolated, being 550km away from the nearest town and has no access to veterinary services. Left unchecked, their dog population will continue to increase, resulting in major health and wellbeing concerns for both the animals and the local residents.

In Kalumbaru AMRRIC’s program will provide surgical desexing and anti-parasitic treatments for the local dog and cat populations,and deliver an education program about dog health and welfare – vital support for the community and its animal.

Please consider supporting the wonderful work of AMRRIC and helping them with their Kalumbaru program – https://letsact.com.au/…/the-dog-mob-kalumbaru-veterinary-…/

My next AMRRIC trip is later this year, to another world famous Australian national park. Watch this space!

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23.04.16

GET YOUR PUPPY FIX!

Are you a puppy addict? Do you just wish you could cuddle and squoosh them like, forever? Could you look at puppy photos alllll day?Then you need to download the Autumn issue of “Paw Prints” from Guide Dogs WA. Read all the latest Guide Dogs WA news and get ready to say “Awwwww” a lot when you see the adorable puppy pics.

Visit http://www.guidedogswa.com.au/latest-news/get-your-puppy-fix and brace yourself for the cute!

PICTURED: Front cover, Page 6, Rear Cover

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22.04.16

MONDAY FUNDAY!

Perth people and their pooches. Looking for something to do this Monday long weekend? Head along to FurBaby Boutique & Cafe‘s ANZAC Day FurBaby Doggy Fair from 9am until 2pm.

The following exhibitors will be there:
Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns
A Dogz Life Delights
Katya’s Aniwell
Barks In The Park
Furever Pet Memorials
Natural Pet Foods
PetFriends-Pet Carers Perth
The Tag Team
Treasured Paws

A Dogz Life Dog Wash will be running dog washes at discounted rates on the day and for a $ note donation you can receive a sketch from the North Coast Art Club. Plus there’s a raffle with a $150 prize.

Funds raised will be donated to Retriever Rescue WA.

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20.04.16

Unmissable Billboard

Check out this unmissable billboard erected by our friends at Adopt a Greyhound to highlight the dire plight of Australia’s racing greyhounds. It’s above Richmond Station on Punt Road (one of the busiest roads in Melbourne) and stars our very own rescue pooch Pixel, when she was just a pup. She was one of the lucky ones …

We now need to keep this billboard visible to remind people that greyhound racing cannot exist without killing greyhounds.

Please support the billboard fund by donating to Adopt a Greyhound’s GiveNow campaign at https://www.givenow.com.au/adoptagreyhound or buy buying a ‪#‎companionsNOTcommodities‬ t-shirt or tea-towel herehttp://www.adoptagreyhound.com.au/shop/

Thanks to Voiceless: the animal protection institute for supporting Adopt a Greyhound, and Brightside Farm Sanctuary for saving Pixel.

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20.04.16

GLOBAL POOCHES!

Photos of charming Chilli (adopted from SAFE Perth – Saving Perth Animals from Euthanasia) and resplendent Ryleigh scored a place among the “Best Dog Photographs In The World” in the May issue of Dogs Today Magazine UK. Woohoo! Thanks DTM for sharing the puppy love. xx

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20.04.16

INSPIRING WOMEN!

Through my association with animal rescue, welfare and charity organisations, I’ve met some remarkable people over the past 10 years. Last Friday evening was no exception when I had the pleasure of photographing three professional, inspirational and influential role models: The first female Governor of Western Australia Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, founder of Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and 30 year veteran of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation June Butcher AM, and the 2015 West Australian Of The Year and first appointed female Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Lyn Beazley

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