Scott Portelli has travelled all over the world in search of different opportunities to get up close with nature and wildlife. His work has taken him to the Arctic, Galapagos Islands, South Pacific, and we are very lucky to have him on board our Antarctic expeditions as a resident photography expert this coming season.
Scott’s passion for photographing the wonders under our seas was recently recognised by the World Photography Awards at London’s Natural History Museum. His winning submission “Collective Courtship” – in which giant cuttlefish gather in the shallow waters of South Australia to put on a colourful display of courtship and competition – won him the Finalist award in the Invertebrates category.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been run since 1965, when there were just 500 entries. Now in the hands of the Natural History Museum, the competition is one the most prestigious and popular Wildlife Photography competitions in the world, with over 500,000 entries, which are seen by millions of people every year.
On the challenges of taking superb photos of animals in their environment, Scott has said that “the key to capturing wildlife is understanding their behavior and spending time watching the subject and how they react to certain things”.