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Scott Portelli

About Scott Portelli, Award-Winning Wildlife Photographer

Scott Portelli has been the recipient of numerous international awards for his wildlife, nature and underwater photography work. Based in Sydney and a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), he is regarded as a leading professional in his field. He is passionate about wildlife in all its forms, and has previously exhibited collections of his humpback whale images to raise money to help prevent whaling in the Southern Ocean. 

Scott was a finalist at the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in London in 2016, was announced as National Winner of the Sony World Photography Awards in the same year, and also also a winner at the 2015 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards. His conservation documentary Saving the Planet One Cause at a Time also took home two awards at the French Underwater Film Festival in Marseille in 2015.

More recently, he was the winner of the Animal Behaviour category at the 2017 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year Awards, while his humpback whale image 'Fluke' won the Underwater Category at the Asferico International Nature Photography Awards in 2018.

Based in Sydney, Scott has spent thousands of hours in remote locations across the globe including Antarctica, Africa, the Galápagos, the Azores, the Arctic and the South Pacific, filming and photographing wildlife, the underwater environment and the world's wild places.

An accredited licensed RPAS/UAV Pilot, Scott has also worked on aerial projects in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations.

Scott runs photography workshops and lectures to show enthusiasts and experts alike the best way to get the most out of their photography. He specializes in wildlife photography, bringing the best tips and techniques for photographing in challenging locations. He will be leading two of our gorilla trekking and photography safaris in both Rwanda and Uganda in April 2019.

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