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Yellow seahorse

Explore Sarah Quine’s underwater portfolio.

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jeff-miller-portraitJeff Miller first visited Tasmania in 2005 on recommendations from co-workers in the US Antarctic program.

“Being a geographically-challenged Yank, at the time all I really knew about Tassie was that the devil lived here. During that first visit I only had time to hike the Overland Track and see Wineglass Bay, but it was enough to make a huge impression. I was hooked.”

As luck would have it, his partner was offered a job in Hobart the following year.

Jeff quickly followed and, now permanent residents, they are intending to stay indefinitely.

“We are very keen bushwalkers and the huge unspoilt wilderness were such an attraction. Couple that with the laid-back lifestyle and the quality of life and I really can’t understand why Tassie isn’t overrun with mainlanders.

“It seems the locals have done a great job of keeping this place a well-guarded secret.”

While an unpublished amateur photographer, Jeff is skilled at capturing the graphic elements of a scene and has a well-developed eye for composition.

He particularly enjoys the symmetry of reflections, but finds beauty in most any landscape.

“In the short time we’ve been here, we have been lucky to see quite a lot of the State.

“For the photographer, Tasmanias varied landscapes offer endless opportunities. Rainforest, beaches, waterfalls, rugged mountains — you name it and it is here.”

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Shipstern Bluff wave dwarfs all

Be awed by Stuart Gibson’s Shipstern Bluff portfolio.

By Emily Davey | Tasmania, of late, is realising its potential in the surfing world, and rightly so. After years of being kept a very good secret — our waves, our environment, our island and, most importantly, our surfers, are being exposed for what they really are: absolutely classic.

One thing that is consistently evident throughout our island state is the down-to-earth nature of the surfing community.

This is expressed through wide appreciation of Tasmania’s natural beauty. Local photographer Stuart Gibson has captured this beauty time after time and is now sharing our state’s best breaks with the world.

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rural postboxes have bite

Launceston-based photographer Peter Daalder consistently travels around Tasmania in search of images that capture the essence of the State.

He has a finely-tuned eye for detail, visual contradictions, and the impacts on an island going through enormous change.

For his first thisTasmania portfolio we have selected images that show the diversity of Tasmania’s rural landscapes.

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Cradle Mountain

Visit Sheila Smart’s portfolio.

My husband and I have lived in Australia since 1974 but it was not until 2004 that we decided to visit the only State we had yet to see — Tasmania.

It was long overdue and was very much an eye-opener for both of us. We were immediately struck by the beauty of the countryside and the friendliness of the wonderful people. Coming from frenetic Sydney, it was a joy to relax and let Tassie take over.

Photography being my great passion, I was not disappointed. From the wilderness of the Gordon River and Cradle Mountain, albeit in constant drizzle, to the white sands of eastern Tasmania, specifically Swansea, we were besotted by the landscape and plan to return in, hopefully, the not too distant future. — Sheila Smart

A convert to the world of digital photography, Sheila Smart is a Sydney-based freelance photographer, living with her husband and two cats in the northern beaches suburb of Avalon Beach.

Her varied portfolio includes candids of Sydney folk, black and white images, including infrared, aboriginality of urban Sydney and also urban wildlife. Enjoy more of her work here.

rocks on the Freycinet Peninsula

Rob Blakers is a nature and wilderness photographer, who uses Hobart as a base from which to explore wild Tasmania. He is passionate about its protection and sees the continuing inroads into Tasmanian wild country and ancient forests as an appalling tragedy of our time.

Images from Rob’s collection have been used extensively for nature conservation. He has also edited and published many photographic books based on Tasmania. These images come from his latest book Freycinet — available at all good local bookstores.

View Rob Blakers’ amazing Freycinet portfolio.

For more images visit Rob Blakers web site.

gourmet mushrooms galore

Don’t miss Peter Whyte’s mouthwatering mushroom portfolio.

By LIZ McLEOD | Perched atop the banks of the Huon River in the idyllic southern Tasmanian hamlet of Glen Huon you will find the home of Taskinoko Pty Ltd. The name is a derivative of the Japanese word for mushroom, okinoko, or Huon Valley Mushrooms, as the locals know them.

However the precious fungi grown here do not suffer the vagaries of the weather as did the first serious attempts at commercial cultivation undertaken in New South Wales during the 1930s.

No straw-covered, raised open-field beds here, but a multi-million dollar climate-controlled growing facility and laboratory.

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Paul County portfolio

From Before we eat …

Paul County is a fifth generation Tasmanian who grew up in Hobart.

A statement which is nowhere as lively as the piece Bernard Lloyd wrote on the back flap of their book Before we eat … a delicious slice of Tasmania’s culinary life:

Lamb chops and three veg seems an unlikely entrée for the founder of an historical culinary research organisiation but that is because it leaves out Dino Bonifacio, the Italian next-door neighbour who offered him bitter black olives over the back fence: a playmate’s father, a Lebanese butcher, who hung meat to cure in the back shed; and the heady smell of chocolate wafting from the Cadbury factory.

Add a mother with a love of books and a father who kept the family’s history alive with stories of Paul’s colourful ancestors (one who charted the rugged west coast in the 1820s, another who operated the first private sawmill in Tasmania on the Huon River and a third who played violin in Martin Cash’s bushranging gang) and you have Paul County, teacher and cook as well as a photographer and storyteller, who still loves roast lamb with three veg.

The end result of the exercise was a stunning exhibition — and we feature a selection in this Paul County portfolio.

Read our reviews here


Visit Pam Verwey’s portfolio

Pam Verwey first became passionate about photography on a trip around Australia in 1984 and, inspired by our unique and diverse scenery, she felt compelled to capture the essence of Australia on film.

In 1986 Pam moved to Tasmania, continuing her work as a medical scientist, but determined to combine her desire to study fine art with her interest in photography.

It was some years before this was possible, but 1999 saw her graduate from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

After graduating Pam established Lachlan Studios in Mt Nelson, and a little later, Mad About Photography was born.

The next step was to buy an historic building in Hobart which houses her studio and tourist accommodation.

Pam’s other interests of bushwalking, sea kayaking and rafting also gave her the wonderful opportunities to photograph Tasmania’s superb wilderness.