Author(s): David Rennie
Each year, photographers from around the world are invited to enter the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition. (ANZANG refers to the Australia-New Zealand-Antarctica-New Guinea bioregion.) Last year, 2013, David Rennie won it. His achievement was made all the more remarkable by the fact that David Rennie's love affair with photography only began in 2007 at the age of 47. In this magnificent book, David has included just a taste of the strikingly memorable images that now comprise his vast collection. Most are taken at the Mandurah Wetlands, south of Perth. Encompassing over 26,000 hectares, these wetlands are home to over 140 species of bird, with many migrating every year from as far away as Russia. The result is a book that will captivate not just bird lovers but all who appreciate the art we find in nature.
David Rennie is a late-blooming, self-taught photographer. He jokes that when he started out he thought ISO was a measurement for radioactive materials and shutter speed an indication of how fast your venetian blinds closed! Today he is an award-winning nature photographer and a passionate advocate for conserving our wilderness areas. As David says, 'It would be gut-wrenching if our children's children could only see what we can now through books like this and not out in nature.'