News

Award-winner's secrets to underwater photography

TOP SHOT: The underwater magic captured by Liz Harlin.
TOP SHOT: The underwater magic captured by Liz Harlin. Liz Harlin

ONCE again, Noosa photographer Liz Harlin has dived in deep to capture award-winning slices of underwater life.

Liz has been named Australian Institute of Professional Photography Professional Documentary Photographer of the Year.

For three years running, sharp-eyed Liz has won major awards for her marine wildlife photography and has also won competitions for her underwater fine art portrait photography.

The AIPP is the leading industry body for working photographers in Australia. Across two days of judging, expert photographers from throughout Australia judge all the prints, evaluating the image itself as well as print quality and presentation.

"When photographing wildlife, it helps enormously if you first learn about each animal's behaviour and habitat," Liz said.

"And you definitely need a lot of patience.

"I'm especially careful never to harm the underwater environment while shooting, nor to interfere with the animal's natural behaviour."

Liz's 2017 wildlife portfolio of four prints earned her a Gold, a Silver with Distinction and two Silvers.

These high scores led to her being a category finalist and from there she was chosen as the overall category winner for documentary photography.

Liz began photographing at age 11, shooting on film and developing her own prints in a darkroom.

For the past 14 years she has focused exclusively on underwater photography, drawing on her skills as a former scuba diving instructor completing more than 3500 dives.

Her work has appeared internationally, including in The New York Times, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, and even on postage stamps.

"There are certainly many equipment, lighting and environmental challenges with underwater photography as compared to shooting on land," she said.

"But underwater offers the benefit of no gravity restrictions, so I can approach and photograph my subjects from any angle in all three dimensions.

"It's good fun, and you simply can't do this as quickly and as easily on land."

When not photographing wildlife on location overseas, Liz is regularly commissioned to create beautiful underwater fine art portraits in the relative comfort of a heated swimming pool.

View Liz's photography online at lizharlin.com.

Topics:  noosa ocean photography scuba diving underwater photography


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Tickets on sale for 10 events at Noosa alive!

FANTASTICAL TALE: Australian actress Naomi Price stars in Lady Beatle as part of the Noosa alive! festival.

Tickets are now on sale for 10 major events at Noosa alive!

PHOTOS: Families honour their history of service

Tracy Matesich, Catherine McNally, Frank McNally and Paul Matesich attended the Tewantin march and service.

Hundreds march through Tewantin at the Anzac Day morning service

Be caught hook, line and sinker at Noosa Food and Wine

SEAFOOD STUNNERS: Ben Williamson (Gerard's Bistro) and Jake Nicholson (Blackbird Bar & Grill) with Ollie Hansford (Stokehouse Q).

Seafood well and truly on the menu at Noosa Food and Wine festival

Local Partners

Colourful art entries fly in for Noosa Bookfest

Entries have flooded in from 10 schools in the region for the 2017 School Writing Competition, being held in conjunction with Noosa Daybreak Rotary's Bookfest

Play School live concert coming to Fraser Coast

Come and celebrate with Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima at the Birthday Party for Play School.

Find out when and where to get tickets.

Toowoomba woman's Africa trip to share song

HERE TO HELP: Women in Harmony music director Elaine Coates (right) will travel to Uganda later this year to work with the African Children's Choir. Former members of the choir travelled to Toowoomba to perform last year incuding Elizabeth Panga (left) and tour manager Abraham Kiyingi.

A Toowoomba woman is preparing for a trip of a lifetime

Hundreds of cars going for bargain at record Coast auction

Mike Clayton at the Nambour car yard in the lead-up to a previous year's sale.

Impounded cars going under the hammer, no reserves

Queensland showdown for My Kitchen Rules grand final

MOTHER-daughter team Valerie and Courtney are off to meet Amy and Tyson in My Kitchen Rules Grand Final.

Watch Toowoomba teen thrill on The Voice tonight

STAR: Brittania Clifford-Pugh is on The Voice tonight.

'We've applauded her many times in her performances'

Simon on life after Married At First Sight

Simon McQuillan marries Alene Khatcherian in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

SIMON opens up on life after the cameras stop rolling

Netflix defends 13 Reasons Why

The Netflix series was based on a popular novel written by Jay Asher.

THE disturbing Netflix series has been dogged by controversy.

Fiance’s rage: ‘It’s disgusting behaviour’

Felicity breaks down on Seven year Switch.

Man’s “disgusting behaviour” on Seven Year Switch shocked viewers.

This MKR judge’s face says it all

Although maybe she accidentally sat on a pine cone.

MKR semi-final recap: Squab heads and bad desserts.

Carrie Bickmore caught out before the cameras rolled

The bubbly host looked like her usual... but

Striking design, quality build

Love the lifestyle of Noosa riverfront penthouse apartment

Retirement living alternative

Noosa hinterland development perfect for downsizers

Couple gets rich renovating run-down city homes

RENO RADICALS: Baden and Nelson Marino-Hall have turned three Toowoomba homes around for profit, saying the Garden City was a haven for renovators like themselves.

The couple has already turned around three homes

Townhouse pitch raises questions over 'high density'

BIG PLANS: Residents have a chance to offer their opinion on plans to build 42 townhouses at Raceview.

Developer plans 42 townhouses for Ipswich suburb

7 million dollar city homes for sale right now

3 Keira Court, Blue Mountain Heights.

Here are seven of Toowoomba's best, and most expensive, houses

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!