Craig Parry Takes Out Top International Award for Aerial Bushfire Photo

Craig Parry takes out top international award for aerial bushfire photo

Back in August of 2014, Craig was presented with the highest honour at the International Landscape Photography Awards for his breath-taking aerial bushfire photo Life and Death. Craig chatted with The Brisbane Times about the prestigious accolade and how he captured the winning shot.

Capturing the unique and abstract in Australia’s landscape drives a local photographer who has taken out a top gong at the International Landscape Photography Awards.

Lennox Heads resident Craig Parry beat out several thousand other entrants to win the Landscape Photograph of the Year award for his stunning work entitled Life and Death.

Life and Death depicts the aftermath of a bushfire that occurred at the Broken Head Nature Reserve, near Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, in December last year.

The award-winning photo was taken with an aerial remote-controlled helicam and depicts the aftermath of a raging bushfire.

The aerial bushfire photo was taken using a remote-controlled camera mounted under a hexacopter after aerial water bombing quelled the flames.

Mr Parry said he went out with his helicam to see how the composition of the various colours would appear on camera.

“When I set out to take the picture I was aiming to create a unique and abstract portrayal of the Australian landscape,” he said.

The self-taught photographer learned of his win a few weeks ago while on overseas assignment for the Travel Channel USA.

Since hearing the news, he has been contacted by Nikon to become a brand ambassador and the National Geographic Channel which is sending him on assignment to Tonga.

Mr Parry said he was “over the moon” about the win.

“I have been a finalist a few times for other competitions but this is by far the most prestigious award I’ve ever received,” he said.

“I was up against some of the world’s best photographers and to have my photo win is just amazing.”

My Parry will open his own gallery in Byron Bay in November this year.

You can read the original article by Morgan Oss in The Brisbane Times here.