Iconic yacht race photographer captures his 50th consecutive Sydney Hobart 

Tasmanian Photographer Richard Bennett has become synonymous with the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. For 50 years, he has been out there with the fleet, capturing every boat as they fight for the best time across Bass Strait to Hobart. Today, at 1 pm, the firing of a cannon will mark the beginning of the […]

Federation Peak – one of life’s great adventures

Regarded by many as Australia’s most magnificent and challenging peak, a trip to Federation Peak remains one of life’s great adventures Federation Peak stands above the rugged Eastern Arthurs Range, 30 kilometres from Tasmania’s south coast. The summit is 1300 meters high, just over 4000 feet, with steep grey rocky cliffs on all sides. Images […]

‘Operation Southwest’ – a story about family, the weather and the wilderness.

An expedition into Southwest Tasmania is beyond many adults, let alone young children. The weather is wild, the walking is tough, you have to carry a heavy pack and the tracks are muddy and wet. So, four years ago, we started ‘Operation Southwest’…

Planes, Boots, Boats and Scuba gear – Capturing the essence of Lord Howe Island

I was photographing a book on Lord Howe Island in 1992. Lord Howe is a sub-tropical world heritage-listed island in the South Pacific Ocean, 700km off the coast of eastern Australia. When considering the project, I was initially concerned about the light. It was flat sub-tropical light, unlike the strong oblique light we have in […]

Fostering a love for adventure in the wilderness 

Introducing young children to a remote wilderness experience is a wonderful thing. Encouraging the appreciation of the wonders of the natural world and the joy of shared adventures. I have been planning a seven-day trip into the remote southwest of Tasmania for two of our grandsons and their mother Claire.  Preparation has been underway for […]

Sydney to Hobart – In the air, photographing the world’s toughest Ocean Race

It all starts before dawn. At 3.45 am, he heads to the airstrip to meet his pilot to take off at first light. He wants the beautiful morning glow, and he doesn’t want to miss a minute, an opportunity to capture a yacht and a crew in their element approaching the finish line of the […]

63 Days in the Indian Ocean — an adventure to (almost) end all adventures

We were running under a storm jib, 500 miles west of St Paul Island, a speck of volcanic rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean, approximately halfway between South Africa and Australia. All around me was madness. I was huddled under a dodger, trying to stick some kalamata olives and parmesan cheese onto peanut […]

I Can Feel a Bushwalk Coming on

Tasmania’s South Coast Track is somewhat of an annual pilgrimage for Richard. The 85-kilometre, six to ten-day bushwalk has all the elements of the South West Wilderness that Richard has spent a lifetime exploring. Captivated by the rugged beauty of this vast World Heritage area at just 17 years of age, Richard has now spent […]

Packing for a Bushwalk in South West Tasmania

Tasmania’s South West Wilderness is one of Australia’s most remote and inaccessible areas. It is Tasmania’s largest expanse of wilderness, with most of the area only accessible by foot, air or sea. As such, whatever you take for an expedition, has to be carried. Weight, therefore, becomes a significant consideration. A heavy pack slows you […]