2018 Wild Blue Mountains CALENDAR

Next year’s calendar has landed.  After the 2017 edition won a Diemen Award, I’m happy to say that the high quality of printing has been maintained.  The cover of the 2018 edition features a dramatic morning scene in the Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness, and other images range through The Valley of the Waters (Wentworth Falls), Bindook Highlands, Grose Valley, Wollemi National Park, Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area (Capertee Valley) and the Gardens of Stone Two reserve proposal.  I’m particularly pleased with the title page image of a Pacific Black Duck preening on Glenbrook Lagoon.

The calendar can be purchased direct from this website (see Publications) for $35 plus postage, with discounts for 3 or more copies, and from the usual retail outlets in the Blue Mountains.

Cover 2018 calendar sRGB

Back cover 2018 calendar sRGB

ACF / TWS Diary 2017

2017 is a bumper year for my involvement with the Australian Conservation Foundation / The Wilderness Society Diary, an annual showcase of natural Australia.  I’ve been contributing images since 1987 and have only missed selection in 4 editions.  For 2017, I’m excited that 7 of my images were chosen to be included, the most ever.  The diary can be purchased here:


or here (with a different cover):


Pine trunks in gorge light

Cypress pines in gorge light, Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park, South Australia

Calendar wins print award

The 2017 Wild Blue Mountains Calendar has won a Diemen Award for Best Calendar.  Our printers Mercury Walch submitted the calendar for the Diemens – a new award scheme for the Tasmanian print, digital, design and TV industries.  Its nice to get some industry and peer recognition that our printing is top quality – and that presumably the photography and design are up to scratch too!


Wild Blue Mountains Calendar 2017


The 7th edition of the calendar is now available, direct from this website (see Publications page) and from retailers in the Blue Mountains.  $35 each, with discounts for purchasing multiple copies.

This year’s calendar features a couple of images from important near-urban bushland reserves managed by Blue Mountains City Council:  Deanei Reserve at Springwood and Glenbrook Lagoon – as well as photographs from near and far parts of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Featured in Creative Artistmagazine


The current Creative Artist yearbook features six pages of my work and my approach to nature photography. In my experience, most editors when offered a selection of images to choose from, pick the unexpected….which is why I never try to second guess them. But in this case the magazine selected several of my favourites!

The magazine (cover above) is available in newsagents from July, and here’s a PDF of the article:

Creative Artist profile Ian Brown

Advancing World Heritage for the Blue Mountains

When the Greater Blue Mountains Area was being nominated for World Heritage, geodiversity, cultural values and aesthetic beauty were all considered, along with biodiversity.  The area was nominated for the lot, except geodiversity, because geological understanding was considered inadequate, at that stage, to support a successful case.

The area was ultimately accepted for World Heritage in 2000, on biodiversity grounds alone.  It was early days for the ‘cultural landscape’ argument, which was poorly understood by the assessors, and maybe the Blue Mountains just wasn’t proven to be beautiful ‘enough’ to get over that particular line (I’m doing my best to try and fix that one).

A lot has happened over the past 15 years.  Knowledge has advanced in many areas and community views have also progressed.  So it was that the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee (community representatives who advise on management) decided to prepare and publish a group of papers arguing that the Blue Mountains deserves World Heritage on a number of additional grounds.

I was privileged to be asked to supply images for the publication (see two below).  The booklet also argues for extra areas to be added to the World Heritage Area, including the magnificent Gardens of Stone Stage Two.

Values for A New Generation (see cover below) is an essential reference for anyone interested in the Blue Mountains.  It can be downloaded as a free PDF here:

PDF download

Geodiverse Kanangra
Ben Bullen State Forest – good enough for World Heritage?

Wild Blue Mountains Calendar 2016

The 2016 edition of the Wild Blue Mountains Calendar is now available from our Publications page and selected stores across the Blue Mountains.  Images are all new and never before published and include the Gardens of Stone, a tall forest, Kanangra heathland, a canyon, the Grose Valley, Pink Flannel Flowers, Kowmung River and rainforest, with a pagoda landscape on the cover.

New book on Newnes

Just released is a new book on Newnes in the Wolgan Valley, which includes many of my images of the area. We produced the book for the proprietor of The Newnes Hotel.

In the early 19th century, Newnes was the scene of large-scale oil shale mining and processing. Now it is a sleepy ‘ghost’ village with only the pub still standing, in a spectacular cliff-bound setting. Most of the area and the industrial ruins are part of Wollemi National Park (and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area), and the area is very popular with campers, naturalists and history buffs.

The book is available from the Newnes Hotel and also from our Publications page.

Only the chimneys remain of the old Newnes Public School.


Dawn breaks over the cliff-bound Wolgan Valley.

2015 Wild Blue Mountains Calendar

We have just been distributing copies of the fifth edition of the calendar to retailers….more shops than ever before, stretching across the mountains from Lithgow to Glenbrook.  This edition is slightly smaller and lighter, with a reduced price.  It now falls into Australia Post’s under 500g category (as long as not too much packaging is added) so will be cheaper to post overseas and within Australia.

The calendar features 15 images ranging across the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area from the lower Blue Mountains to Kanangra Walls, Thirlmere Lakes, Kedumba Valley, Grose Valley and the Gardens of Stone.

Copes can be purchased from the Publications page of this website, or call Ian on 02 4787 1420.