New wilderness book

Late in 2018 The Wilderness Society released a book that was ‘forty years in the making‘, Wilderness: Celebrating Australia’s Protected Places.  To quote TWS: “This magnificent book showcases landscapes protected over 40 years of Wilderness Society campaigns. This includes Kakadu, Daintree, the Kimberley and, of course, Tasmania’s mighty Franklin River. Its pages tell the inspiring story of how people power can rescue the future.”  Hallelujah to that.  Its 180 pages, 30 cm x 30 cm and you can even buy a Special Edition with a ‘clam shell box’!

The book includes six of my images, and can be purchased here to help celebrate past wins and to support ongoing TWS campaigns for nature.

Australian Geographic and The Wilderness Society

One of my images has been lucky enough to again be selected as a finalist in the 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. “Truncated” depicts a graceful Blue Mountains Ash (Eucalyptus oreades) on the escarpment at Mount Victoria, and was picked for the Botanical category. This competition gets tougher every year with an increasing number of entries, so its pleasing that one of my ‘humble trees’, from so close to home, got in the mix this time. You can see all the finalists here, and the exhibition opens at the Australian Museum (Sydney) and the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) on 24 August 2018.

‘Truncated’ – finalist in the Botanical category, 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

On another front, an image of mine from the Pilliga will appear in The Wilderness Society’s 2019 Landscape Calendar, in support of the campaign against gas extraction from this important natural area. Its not just the gas, but the damage to underground water and the dismemberment of the landscape with hundreds of wells and hundreds of kilometres of roads that is at stake. You can read about the campaign here.

Sandstone outcrop, Timallallie National Park, Pilliga

ACF Diary 2019

Three of my images were selected for the Australian Conservation Foundation’s 2019 Diary….look out for it later in the year. I enjoy my photos being used to promote and support efforts to protect nature in Australia.

Rockfall, West MacDonnell National Park (to appear in the 2019 ACF Diary)

ACF Diary and TWS Calendar 2018

I was again delighted to have some of my images selected for these publications. Every year The Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation collaborate to put out a diary and a calendar to promote the values and importance of Australia’s wild places and wildlife. I’ve been contributing for many years and this time they selected 2 images for the calendar and 5 for the diary. This news is a bit late and I guess they’re not available any more…look out for the 2019 editions around October.

Seeping waterfall, West MacDonnell National Park, NT (from 2018 ACF Diary)

Cape Flattery dunefield, Cape York Peninsula, Qld (from 2018 ACF Diary)

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 Artist magazine


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?