Wildlife photographer Craig McKenzie has a proven dedication to conservation, and a strong philanthropic bent, especially in regards to our native and endemic birdlife. He recently received Forest and Bird’s highest acclamation when they awarded him an Old Blue, an honour presented to Craig in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards raising awareness of biodiversity through his photography. There’s nothing he loves more than tracking down elusive native species in remote and difficult landscapes, with just his tent, his billy and his longest lens, under conditions which would probably send the average photographer running for cover!
Craig has been a member of PSNZ and the Dunedin Photographic Society for nearly 40 years, and in that time has developed into a very well-respected photographer who produces world class images. He is highly sought after by clubs and societies around the country, both as a speaker and as a judge, and is well-known for the generosity with which he shares his knowledge and his photographic work. He was awarded with a Life Membership to the Dunedin Photographic Society in 2015, in recognition of his huge contribution not just to the club, but to New Zealand photography, over the years.
Craig’s recent work includes covers for D-Photo, New Zealand Geographic and New Zealand Camera, along with articles which aim to educate current and budding natural history photographers, helping them to develop the patience, skill and respect for wildlife that has served Craig and our birds so well.
Presentation: Motivations and rewards of a recreational nature photographer in New Zealand