Photography: 20 Landscapes from Antarctica, Arctic, Africa & Australia

I’m often asked if I prefer wildlife or landscape, as both a traveller and a photographer.  This isn’t a surprising question considering my travel itinerary of the past year has been led by a desire to experience and capture some of the world’s most beautiful and unique environments, birds and animals

My perfect scenario is to be observing an amazing wildlife encounter in a breath taking landscape, with my camera in hand – but that doesn’t really answer the question!

Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

(Salisbury Plain, South Georgia)

The thing I love about both genres of photography is that a great shot feels earned.   Not only do you need to discover these locations, you need to physically get there and have a number of uncontrollable factors work in your favour.  I love that I can stand beside other photographers, shoot the same scene and create different interpretations of what we see.  I love the opportunity to capture a moment that I can revisit again and again.  And I love that this passion takes me to locations that inspire me to sometimes put the camera down and just soak up the incredible destinations I’m lucky enough to visit.

But I haven’t answered the question…because I simply don’t know, I change my mind every day!

What about you?  Wildlife or Landscapes?

I recently shared 20 of my most memorable wildlife encounters from recent travels to Antarctica, Arctic, Australia & Africa.  Today I’m sharing 20 of my favourite landscape photographs taken in the same locations.  Maybe these will help you answer the question:

As a traveller, do you chase landscapes or wildlife?

As a photographer, do you prefer landscapes or wildlife?


Antarctica: the closest you’ll get to another planet without leaving this one, where you are surrounded by a landscape of blue and white hues, sailing across water than looks like glass under a sky that feels bigger than anywhere else in the world.

1. From the Zodiac – Orne Harbour, Antarctica

Orne Harbour, Antarctica

2. Zodiac Cruising – Danco Island, Antarctica

Zodiac Cruising - Danco Island, Antarctica

3. From Land – Orne Harbour, Antarctica

Orne Harbour, Antarctica

4. Neko Harbour, Antarctica

Neko Harbour, Antarctica

5. Iceberg Graveyard – Pleneau Bay, Antarctica

Pleneau Bay, Antarctica

Arctic (Svalbard)

The Arctic: the polar north, where ice breaks from glaciers to form icebergs that float along the almost still water, where 24 hour daylight allows you to enjoy a wealth of breath taking views from the ship, from the zodiac and on land.

6. From the Zodiac – Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

7. Abandoned Station – Spitzbergen, Arctic


8. 14th July Glacier, Arctic (Svalbard)

14th July Glacier (Krossfjorden)

9. Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

10. Home of the Reindeer, Arctic (Svalbard)


South Africa

South Africa: one of the world’s most thought-provoking countries, with a diverse landscape that is a constant reminder how beautiful the natural world can be, both on the ground and in the sky.

11. First Light – Drakensberg, South Africa


12. Milky Way: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


13. Drakensberg, South Africa


14. Flowing Water – Drakensberg, South Africa


15. Night Sky – Drakensberg, South Africa

NIght Sky - Drakensberg, South Africa



Australia: the country I was born in and lived for the first 26 years of my life, now ironically one of my favourite destinations for landscape photography!

16. Sunset at Friendly Beaches – Freycinet, Tasmania

Sunset at Friendly Beaches, Tasmania

17. Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges

Morning light - Wilpena Pound (from Puglist Lookout Road), Flinders Ranges, South Australia

18. Victor Harbour – Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

19. Pieman River – Corinna, Tasmania


20. Henley Jetty at Sunset – Adelaide, South Australia





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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at


  1. Wow these photos are amazing. I particularly love the Arctic and Antarctic photos, since those are places I’ve been dying to visit. Especially Antarctica. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Hi there Kellie
    Just a note to let you know that I think about you and your travels often. I eagerly look forward to viewing your photos and the inspiration they provide. You are a very special person. Take care. I do hope our paths cross again one day.
    Your friend

    • Kim, how lovely to hear from you and thanks so much for your kind words! I’m actually joining Glen again next week for a workshop in Croatia – only feels like yesterday we were in the gorgeous Tasmanian landscape! I hope life is treating you well and you are finding the time to spend on your art – and also hope our paths cross again one day, I am sure they will xxx

  3. I can’t decide either–as a traveler I chase both wildlife and landscapes. As a viewer of others’ photos, I love both equally. Thanks for sharing another set of breathtaking shots.

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