These photographs were taken on a recent trip to Laos and were the images that won Mike his Best International Travel Image award.
These photographs were taken on a recent trip to Laos and were the images that won Mike his Best International Travel Image award.

Camera is a passport to the world

MIKE Larder has travelled the world with his camera in one hand, a note pad in the other and writing about his experiences.

And after joining the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) last year, the Wooloweyah resident has made a name for himself by taking out awards for Best Australian Portrait, Best International Travel Image, and Travel Photographer of the Year.

“The award ceremony was overseas and I couldn’t get to it. I got a very tipsy phone call from a mate that said: ‘Hey Mike, you won something.’,” Mike said.

“I didn’t think much of it at first, because I was half asleep, but after the second phone call and then the third, I thought this must be a pretty big deal.”

For the past 40 years, Mike has been perfecting his craft, and working for almost every major publication in Australia, having been on the staff of The Age (Melbourne), The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, to name a few.

“When I was 17, I marched into the Launceston Examiner in England clutching as few snaps of my mother and my dog and walked out with a cadetship. Learnt the business from the ground up,” he said. “Forty years later, I have moved around a bit and moved in and out of media. It seems to always suck me back though.”

While he admits that his job is incredible, he says the instability of it can be a bit testing at times.

“The bits in between where you are waiting for things to happen and having to use dodgy toilets and eat weird food are the only downers I can think of,” he said.

“It is really good fun. You never know where you will end up, where you are going to sleep and what will be there on the other end of the lens.”

While he has seen a fair chunk of the world, Mike says that he would love to learn more about different cultures and customs.

“I would love to go to northern Canada and see how the Inuit live,” he said.

For his efforts and photography skills, Mike now has three lovely crystal trophies on the mantle, and plans for more travel.

Check out Mike’s work at www.mikelarder.com.



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