Posts Tagged ‘world expeditions’

20.10.17

CUTE AUSSIE NATIVES!

It’s been four years since our last visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania, and while there we met these three adorable orphaned baby animals. The Bonorong team rescue, rehabilitate and release hundreds of animals each year and work tirelessly to save our precious natives. I am so excited to announce that we’ve just planned our next project with Bonorong for early 2018 and we have a very special fundraising print in mind. We can’t wait to share it with you!

HUGE thanks to the generous support and sponsorship of World Expeditions and Seagate who are our partners for this venture. So grateful that these precious creatures are as important to them, as they are to us.

We’ll also be stopping in to see our dear friends at Brightside Farm Sanctuary to shoot an epic portrait pic.

Watch this space!

08.12.16

Free the Bears Fund 2017 Calendar

The 2017 Calendar, complete with several Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns images from our recent World Expeditions tour to the FTB Cambodia and Vietnam sanctuaries, is now available. Five of the people who travelled with us, who are all wonderful FTB supporters, make a cameo on the rear cover. #Legends

Buy online at http://www.freethebears.org/…/ftb…/product/111-2016-calendar

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17.06.16

LOOK AT THAT SMILE!

Accompanied by Deb, I’m currently leading a fundraising animal / photography tour with World Expeditions visiting Free the Bears Fund rescue sanctuaries in Vietnam and Cambodia. With us are 7 animal loving people who have big hearts – Angela, Dave, Di, Mary, Robert, Carmen, and Liesa.

Yesterday, this sweet 4 month old sun bear cub was known by her rescue number, “193”. She is the smallest bear in the Cambodian sanctuary, weighing in at 4.5 kilos. Today she was given her official name of “Arya Stark” by Angela who made a wonderful $3000 donation to Free the Bears Fund. This gave Angela the naming rights to bear 193 (or I should say, Arya Stark), plus sponsorship of her for the next 12 months. Being a Game of Thrones fan, Angela’s choice of name was the perfect fit for this little girl who will no doubt grow up to be strong and feisty.

A short time later Dave and Di fell in love with a 7 month old female moon bear, who was formerly known as “189”. They generously donated $3000 for her naming rights and sponsorship and 189 is now known as “Essee”, after Dave and Di’s beloved dog Essee who celebrated her tenth birthday back home in Australia a few days ago. Essee bear is black, furry and cute, so is the perfect namesake for Essee dog. Happy 10th birthday to Essee too.

The $6000 donated by Ange, Dave and Di will be wisely used by FTB and I would sincerely like to thank them so much for making such a substantial financial contribution to the on going care of these vulnerable and adorable cubs.

Long term FTB supporters, Mary and Robert have previously sponsored and named two bears, Jesus and Willow, and are on their 4th overseas sanctuary tour for FTB, after previously visiting bears in Cambodia, Laos and India. Mary is a FTB life member and is heavily involved in the Albany chapter of FTB.

Whilst in Vietnam, Dave and Di spent over $500 purchasing much needed protective clothing and equipment for the Vietnam FTB Sanctuary staff, along cleaning items and hammock making material. The latter was was made into a sturdy, comfortable hammock by our tour team, for a moon bear called Go, who was delighted with his new bed and proceeded to roll around it it with glee. Several members also chipped in to buy the bears dozens of coconuts and watermelons.

Carmen arranged for an article about the work of FTB to go out in the New Town and Kalamunda Toyota newsletter which is disseminated weekly to over 300 staff. Complete with some of her stunning images of the bears in Vietnam, it was an educational and informative piece.

Angela and Dave project managed the building of a climbing platform for the sun bears in Vietnam, complete with two ladders and an engineered design. The whole group also helped out with daily bear enclosure cleaning, enrichment management and food preparation, and Liesa has been conducting preliminary research for her pending PhD into the illegal wildlife trade.

We all still all found time to take a few gazillion photos in there too! There are some amazing shots coming out of the tour and the photo of the day competition is hotly contended.

Before we left home, FTB board member and Houndstooth’s very own Debora Brown coordinated the collection and delivery of 24 Aussie Dog Products treat balls, which were then carried over by Angela, Di, David, Robert and Mary in their luggage. The bears were overjoyed to receive the balls, playing with them endlessly and trying to dig out the treats inside. Watching them made our eyes leak.

On top of that, our tour group as a whole has donated $3500 to FTB. I think these wonderful people deserve a huge, grateful pat on the back for everything they have contributed on this trip to help rescued bears. They’ve given their time, money, blood, sweat and tears … well thankfully not their blood but I’m sure they would if they thought it could help bears in some small way. We are blessed to have spent time with them all on this adventure, and the bears are lucky to have them on their team.

PICTURED: Cub Arya Stark.

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17.06.16

ABROAD IN SOUTH VIETNAM!

For the past week we’ve been in Vietnam leading a World Expeditions tour group of fabulous animal loving people. Most of our time was spent photographing and working at the Free the Bears Fund Sanctuary in the Nam Cat Tien National Park (more on that soon).

It was a wonderful surprise when we returned from lunch one day to see a wild female yellow cheeked gibbon and her young son swinging through the trees above sanctuary. They then returned each day and were gentle and curious, often sitting within metres of us, watching down intently from the jungle canopy. What a privilege it was to observe them. A real life highlight!

Yellow cheeked gibbons are only found in South Vietnam and Cambodia. The wild population is estimated to be less than 25,000 as a result of forest destruction and hunting. An organization called the Endangered Asian Species Trust (EAST) operates a purpose built primate rescue centre located on a 56 hectare island on the edge of the Nam Cat Tien National Park, and a short boat ride from the bear sanctuary. There they rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce endangered primates, improve conservation education and community engagement, and encourage responsible tourism.

On our first day in the park we visited the EAST centre to see the rescued gibbons. It was heartwarming to meet dedicated people doing all they can to help these sweet creatures. We only have the privilege of seeing animals like this in the wild thanks to organizations like EAST.

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05.05.16

GO WILD!

I love working in partnership with World Expeditions and travelling to some of the world’s most amazing wildlife destinations with animal and photography enthusiasts.

Have a read of my top 6 wildlife photography tips athttp://www.worldexpeditions.com/…/wildlife-photography-tip…/‪#‎TravelWithMe‬ ‪#‎AnimalPhotoTours‬

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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

30.03.16

WANT TO VISIT BEAR CUBS?

Due to illness, two places have just opened up on my Vietnam/Cambodia Animal Adventure Tour.

Come along in June 2016, when I travel with World Expeditions to visit animals in the National Parks of Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as two Free the Bears Fund Rehabilitation Centres. We’ll be photographing animals along the way, including rescued sun and moor bear cubs, while assisting FTB with special projects at their sanctuaries. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I will not be repeating this tour, to ensure it’s a unique experience for each participant.

“Vietnam and Cambodia with Alex Cearns” is perfect for those who love animals and caters to photographers of all levels. Regardless of what you use to take your images (iPhone, point and shoot or DRLR) you’re guaranteed to return home with fabulous pics – plus you’ll get up close and personal to bears and an array of other wonderful creatures.

Suitable for couples or those travelling solo, our tours attract like minded people and you’re sure to make new friends.

Plus, a $500 tax deductible donation for each traveller is made to Free The Bears.

Further info available at http://www.houndstoothstudio.com.au/services/global-tours/ or please email me at info@houndstoothstudio.com.au for full trip notes.

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16.02.16

Antarctica

“Antarctica, you’ve put a spell on me. I’m not quite the same after seeing your impeccable beauty. My heart, soul, and eyes are filled with the wondrous memories collected on this trip. Not only of the place, but of the people I was travelling with. They made this experience unforgettable and filled it with rich emotion and abundant laughter. The Drake Passage was fierce but we prevailed, and like ancient knights we came back with treasures – our photos. They are the evidence of this indescribable journey.”

The wise words of Brigitte, who travelled with us to Antarctica and who has summed up our expedition so perfectly.

‪#‎ZenPenguin‬ ‪#‎Gentoo‬ ‪#‎Antarctica2016‬

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Image taken with Tamron Australia’s The Beast, 150-600mm lens. With thanks to Spider Holster, Lowepro, Lexar and AquaTech.

Future animal adventure photography tours with Alex Cearns throughWorld Expeditions: Sri Lanka in 2017 & Galapagos in 2018.

17.07.15

2016 SOUTH EAST ASIAN TOUR!

JUST 3 SPOTS LEFT ON OUR 2016 SOUTH EAST ASIAN TOUR! Join me in June 2016, when I travel with World Expeditions to visit wild and rescued animals in the National Parks of Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as two Free the Bears Fund Rehabilitation centres.

First and foremost you will be travelling with like minded ‘animal’ people which makes the tour perfect for both singles or couples who love animals. The photography component caters to all skill levels and regardless of what you use to take your images (iPhone, point and shoot or DRLR) you’re guaranteed to return home with fab pics. We also act as a group for all activities, so even if you don’t feel like photographing 24/7 you’ll have the same amazing animal access and experiences as everyone else. Plus you’ll get up close and personal to sun and moon bears and an array of other wonderful creatures.

And a $500 tax deductible donation for each traveller is made to Free The Bears to help them continue their valuable work – which you will get to see firsthand!

Further info available at http://www.houndstoothstudio.com.au/services/global-tours/

PLACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED!

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17.06.15

JOIN ME ON AN ANIMAL ADVENTURE TOUR!

Come along in June 2016, when I travel with World Expeditions to visit animals in the National Parks of Vietnam and Cambodia, including two Free the Bears Fund Rehabilitation centres.

This tour is perfect for those who love animals and caters to photographers of all levels. Regardless of what you use to take your images (iPhone, point and shoot or DRLR) you’re guaranteed to return home with fab pics – plus get up close and personal to bears and an array of other wonderful creatures.

And a $500 tax deductible donation for each traveller is made to Free The Bears!

Further info available at http://www.houndstoothstudio.com.au/services/global-tours/

PLACES STRICTLY LIMITED

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