Polar bear frozen in time
By EMMA CORNFORD
A PICTURE of a polar bear has earned an amateur Grafton photographer honours from the Australian Photography Society, after he came second in a national exhibition.
Kevin Dixon earned his place in the people/portrait prints section of the 2005 Pakenham Photography Club exhibition and flew to Melbourne on the weekend to receive his award.
The South Grafton High School maths teacher and member of Grafton Camera Club has been taking photos all his life, but has been taking it seriously for the past six years.
"Having these honours means I'm recognised by the Australian Photographic Society as being able to take a half-decent picture," he said.
Mr Dixon travelled to Canada and took part in a 10-day photography expedition through the freezing Arctic to snap his polar bear image, along with hundreds of others.
He said he hopes to turn his photography into a career in the future, and has started selling his prints. He will also soon have a website.
"I class myself as an amateur wildlife photographer. The most exciting part is capturing a moment that will never be repeated," he said.
Next year Mr Dixon hopes to put his skills to the test and work in a nature reserve in China, teaching other workers English in return for the privilege of photographing panda bears.