Archive for the ‘animals’ Category

NZIPP Awards 2014 – Portrait (Classic) Category

April 12, 2015 2 comments

The Boxers Olya Mel


La Greca

Here are my winning images in the Portrait (Classic) category at last year’s New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography’s awards. The violinist won Silver, and the other three, Bronzes.


The camel drivers

March 22, 2014 9 comments

The camel drivers

These “ships of the desert” are still ridden in Jordan, with this image taken at the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra. This earlier post shows some of the traditional cave homes of the Bedouin at Petra.

Adopt a shelter pet!

March 15, 2014 16 comments

I love animals, and over the years have had both dogs and cats. Currently I have three adorable cats, Khensu, Azgard and Xerxes – down from four at the beginning of this year, when my lovely little old lady cat, Nyxie, passed away.

I’m fortunate that I can combine my passion for animals and photography by doing pet portraits. Also, I help out at a local cat shelter, and for the last two years donated my time to design and photograph the shelter’s fundraising calendar. Here are the main images from the 2014 calendar, which I thought I’d share with followers on my personal photo blog. Thanks to Linda MacManus who did the text.

If you are thinking about getting a pet, I would really encourage everyone to take a look at your local shelter first before heading off to the pet store, because there are always abandoned animals looking for a new ‘forever home’. Animal shelters all around the world rely on donations and keen volunteers – an earlier blog post featured the great work being done by a group of passionate animal lovers in Split, Croatia.

The Cats of the Old City

October 6, 2013 19 comments

Croatia Cats

Last Christmas my husband gave me a beautiful book – The French Cat – by NZ animal photographer Rachael Hale McKenna. I was so thrilled with it, as this book combines two subjects that I love the most: old buildings and cats!  Rachael’s book gave me the inspiration to take these images while I was on holiday in Croatia earlier this year. And I was really excited that, shortly after I got back from holiday, I had the opportunity to attend a photography seminar in Auckland given by her.

So, coming back to these images, while in Croatia I found myself taking so many pictures of my furry friends – sadly all of them homeless. But I also had the opportunity to meet one of the most dedicated, loving veterinarians in the city of Split, Jelena Radeljic at Dr. Filipovic’s clinic. Split is such a beautiful city, but unfortunately it doesn’t have an animal shelter yet. Dr Filipovic, Jelena, and their friends and supporters are working really hard on building one soon. I believe that they now have the location permit, however they do need financial support from anyone who believes this is a good cause. For more information please visit their website:

While there at the clinic, I observed how Jelena was caring for the stray animals, sometimes until very late hours of the day, and sometimes even sleeping overnight at the clinic with especially sick ones. It was Jelena who helped us to save a tiny kitten we found on the streets of Split. He was so skinny and hungry, so wet because of the rain, so infected with fleas and parasites, and only a few weeks old. We named him Tisak (meaning ‘Press’ in Serbo-Croatian, as we found him under a newspaper kiosk). Jelena waited for us to arrive at the clinic, and this was around 10pm, as she was treating all the other animals that were arriving after hours. This experience gave us the opportunity to learn more about the difficulties the future shelter is having, and the future the stray animals will have if the shelter doesn’t get built.

But funny enough, all of this couldn’t have been done if it wasn’t for social media. When we found Tisak we didn’t know where the closest vet clinic was or if there was a local animal shelter. So after asking a few locals, and only getting some raised eyebrows in response, we decided to Google the info, like you do these days. And there we found a blog post from Dos Trotamundos, Marco and Kristin – like us, visiting tourists. They had had a similar experience in Split some months earlier, and because of their post we ended up at Dr Filipovic’s clinic and meeting Jelena.

This set of images is a very small selection of some of the stray cats I ran into in the streets of Croatia – mainly in the old parts of Split and Dubrovnik. This post is dedicated to Dr Filipovic, Dr Jelena Radeljic and all the stray animals. I hope that the Split shelter gets up and running soon. I feel happy that tiny Tisak is now receiving good care, having been fostered out by the clinic.

PS: Since I wrote this post above, bloggers Our Adventure in Croatia have published an interview with Marco and Kristin which includes an update on progress in building the Split animal shelter.

Work of Art, Silver Award – Portrait Classic Category (NZIPP Awards 2013)

August 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Work of Art

It has been such a long time since I’ve posted any images on my personal blog – it has been a busy year. But this weekend I was thrilled to receive two Bronze Awards, two Silver Awards and a Gold at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography’s 2013 awards. So I thought it might be worth sharing some of those, particularly ones from recent travels.

The first – Work of Art taken in a Spanish art gallery (shown above, and previously posted on this blog) – won a Silver Award in the Portrait (Classic) Category. I received another Silver for a wedding image – Mirror (posted on my business website). However, I will post the award-winning images from the Travel Category in my next three posts. Hope you like them!

Lost (Again …)

March 5, 2012 8 comments

Lost (Again)

Some of you will have already seen this image which I posted back in October. Apologies for posting it again (!), but I just found out this image – ‘Lost’ – received an Honorable Mention ín the Spring 2012 International Women’s Call for Entry organised by PWP (Professional Women Photographers) based in New York. All winners, jurors’ selections and honorable mentions are posted on the PWP website.

The Old Couple

February 11, 2012 17 comments

The Old Couple

The Hassan Mosque in Rabat was going to be one of the largest mosques in the world, until it was destroyed by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and left unfinished.  Its ruins are now in the grounds of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the previous king of Morocco, and there are lots of quiet places where people of all faiths can sit and reflect, or in this case, argue!

The cat was one of the many strays that lived among the ruins …

Plastic Lens Flare

January 10, 2012 14 comments

Light Leakage

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I really like the random effects you can get with a plastic toy Holga camera.  This shot of the sunlight on the cobbled streets of Toledo, Spain, came out with some cool lens flare.  And if you look closely, you can see a little cat in the distance walking towards me …

Cat in the Kasbah

October 2, 2011 4 comments

Cat in the Kasbah

The Kasbah des Oudaias in Rabat, Morocco, is a walled part of the city that dates back to the 12th century. The Kasbah is on a hill with great views over the Oued Bou Regreg river and the Atlantic ocean. Most of the Kasbah consists of beautiful white and blue houses in narrow alleys.  And there are lots of cats!

Hair of the Dog

September 22, 2011 2 comments

A dog in the bar

Pet-friendly tapas/pintxos bar in San Sebastian, Spain