A new year's resolution...
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Week 1 challenge - to boldly go - picture shows intrepid people walking up a sand dune in the Chatham IslandsStart off the New Year with some fresh air and exercise and join me in a weekly wildlife and nature photography challenge with wildlife advocacy at its heart. Each week's challenge focuses either on storytelling, creativity, or technical skills to push you and your photography that wee bit further. Challenges are designed for all abilities and gear (including cellphone cameras), with this year introducing some advanced challenge options to keep the 2018 participants on their toes. Go further than taking a pretty picture - use your photos to make a difference for the wildlife and wild-spaces that you care about.

Your first challenge is to find a friend, grab your camera, and go somewhere you haven't been before - perhaps a local wildlife reserve, beach, river,... whatever takes your fancy. Take some photos of what you find and tell us all about it. Some handy links:

Throughout the year, participants in the Facebook group may get the opportunity for their photos to appear in the Artists Down Under and Forest & Bird magazines, along with some other opportunities we're cooking up!
What's happening...
  • 5 Dec 2018 - 13 Jan 2019 NZAFA Summer Cash & Carry Exhibition,
    1 Queens Wharf, Wellington
    Exhibiting two 28cm tūī prints - both gorgeously framed in a dark wooden frame with champagne-gold filet and anti-glare glass.
    Two tūī pictures
Portrait of a tūī
2018 has been the year of the tūī for me, with the release of six new works featuring New Zealand's favourite bird. The latest is simply named "Portrait of a tūī" and is available as a limited edition fine-art print. I'm working on two more tūī pieces in this series, hopefully to be finished and released in early 2019.
Zealandia 2019 calendar cover featuring a tūī perched on muehlenbekia
Back and better than ever - the 2019 Zealandia fund-raising calendar! We've already ordered a second print run because it is flying off the shelves.

Available online from Zealandia or from the Zealandia Visitors Centre shop while supplies last.
A huge thank you to everyone who turned out to support us in the For the Birds Art Show held recently at Zealandia. It was a fabulous evening catching up with all you bird-art lovers and raising funds for bird conservation. And yes, due to popular demand, we're going to do it all again next year! (Photo by Nick Maarhuis)
Stockists in New Zealand:

Artel Gallery + Store - Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
Kotare Art Studio - Greytown, Wairarapa
The Mandarin Tree - Gordonton, Hamilton
Edges Art + Framing - Havelock North, Hawke's Bay
Make - the NZ Academy of Fine Arts Store - Wellington
Zealandia EcoSanctuary - Wellington
Wishing you peace and joy for 2019 💚💙💜

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