I'm driven by my love of nature. For as long as I can remember I always have been. I believe that this love was first instilled in me when growing up surrounded by the rainforest that my father planted around our house. I carried this interest as a child into my adult years and into my university degree, where I studied a bachelor of science in ecology and zoology at The University of Queensland.
Upon beginning my degree my interests were broad and included fish, mammals, birds, plants, reptiles and much more. All of which fascinated me! But I wasn't particularly interested by insects, spiders and the other tiny, unknown creatures that creep in their trillions around, through and above the earth. In fact in my first year of science I was asked if I wanted to do the course "Insect Science" the following year, to which I scoffed and said something along the lines of "No, definitely not". So what changed?
Later that year, I bought a second hand 100mm macro lens for my camera. After that, my world, perspective, focus and passion changed. I was a convert.
So this is my mission, I want to be able to provide you with the means to share your passion for nature. Particularly, yet no limited to the tiny and unseen. I want to share my passion for nature.
I am currently completing my Ph.D at Flinders University in Adelaide - looking at the evolution, taxonomy and ecology of Australian and Fijian native bees!
James Dorey Photography
Adelaide, South Australia
jbdorey [at] me.com
Previous image publications
Author of "Bees of Australia: A Photographic Exploration"
Australian Geographic online gallery
Miniature Lives (CSIRO publishing)
The Australian Native Bee Book (Sugarbag Bees)
Australian Geographic’s ANZANG nature photographer of the year book and calendar (2015)
Australian Native Bees - A practical handbook by NSW Department of Primary Industry
Wildlife Australia Magazine
Several newsletters and non-profit organization productions
Suburban living, Gardening Australia, Sanctuary Asia magazines, CSIRO and more
Previous photographic awards
Editor's favourite for National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year (2016)
Two times finalist in Nikon's Small World Photomicrography competition (2018)
Finalist in Nikon's Small World Photomicrography competition (2016)
Four times finalist in the 2018 Australian Photography Awards
Four times finalist in the 2017 Australian Photography Awards
Finalist in the 2016 Australian Photography of the year, Nature category
1st place Australian Entomological society photography competition 2015
1st place Ecological Society of Australia photography competition – Landscape 2015
Two Finalist photos in Australian Geographic’s ANZANG nature photographer of the year 2015
Highly commended for the New Scientist’s science photographer of the year 2015
1st place Gardening Australia photography competition
Canon light awards (clarity): 2nd place in student division
Canon light awards (high-key): 2nd place in student division