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Abalone Wars North Beach Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 19, 2018

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A 62 year old Korean man found floating off Ocean Reef died despite efforts to resuscitate him on the last day of the abalone season on Saturday the 17th of Febrary.

Conditions were relatively safe and there were fewer incidents reported.

There have been calls to further tighten abalone legislation in WA due to a number of recent incidents.

Just last year, the WA government changed the abalone season to run over summer after four people lost their lives in rough weather conditions over five years.

Abalone fishing used to be open to licensed fishers for just five hours every year, from 7am to 8am on the first Sunday of every month from November to March between Busselton and Moore River.

The West Coast Zone for recreational abalone fishing was adjusted to start in December, with four fishing days only from 7am to 8am.

In a statement to media in October late last year, fisheries minister Dave Kelly said it was not worth risking your life for an abalone.

“This year the abalone fishing season along Perth’s coast will be changed in an effort to prevent any more deaths,” he said.

“Importantly from now on if poor weather conditions are forecast, we will close the fishery – we won’t put fishers or SLSWA volunteers’ lives at risk.

“The aim of moving to Saturday fishing days in summer is to reduce the potential of encountering bad weather, which puts fishers’ lives at risk.”

The conditions at North Beach were relatively safe and attracted a Canadian tourist and a cast of Vietnamese locals who are better prepared than they have been in the past.

HUMAN NATURE Zadok Ben-David Lawrence Wilson Gallery University of West Australia February 16, 2018

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Zadok Ben-David

Human Nature

Felicity Fenner curator of Human Nature first came across Zadok Ben-David in London in the late nineteen eighties and is curating his work at the Lawrence Wilson Gallery. In 1988 his work was chosen to represent Israel at the Venice Biennale and in 2008 the work Blackfield  was first shown at the Singapore Biennale. It comprises 20000 tiny flat metal sculptures that resemble the Northcliffe Bushfires seen from a helicopter. From the flip side as one walks around the installation they become coloured regenerated and reborn plants that have an optimistic and magical quality.

As he says “I try in my work to explore human attitudes and behaviour. Blackfield is an optimistic psychological installation presenting two extreme situations – life and death. Yet it is more about choice than fate. The flowers are intended as a metaphor, a symbol of two extreme emotional states – happiness and grief.”

A suspended circle hovering  comes to life under UV light to celebrate the rhythmic beauty of nature.

A field of miniature plants resembles a fire ravaged landscape, only to reveal new life and rebirth when seen from reverse.

These two breathtaking installations are the centrepiece of this exhibition by prominent Yemen-born, London-based artist Zadok Ben-David. Human Nature brings optimism and a touch of magic to issues such as our relationship to nature and our view of life and death. Presented as part of the Perth International Arts Festival 2018.

It is on until April the 21st 2018 and as an imperative needs to be seen.

World Press Award Finalists: Preselect your winner February 15, 2018

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For the first time in its history, the most prestigious photojournalist prize in the world has unveiled the finalists of its Photo of the Year contest before selecting a winner. The 6 nominees were unveiled today by the World Press Photo.

Warning: The photos displayed below depict graphic violence and may be disturbing to some viewers.

The winner will be announced at a special Awards Show in Amsterdam on April 12th, 2018. Here are the 6 finalist photos in random order of the photographer’s last name: noticeably there are two Australian photographers in this select presentation.

22 March 2017. A passerby comforts an injured woman after Khalid Masood drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, UK, killing five and injuring multiple others.

15 March 2017. Civilians who had remained in west Mosul after the battle to take the city line up for aid in the Mamun neighbourhood.


12 July 2017. An unidentified young boy, who was carried out of the last ISIS-controlled area in the Old City by a man suspected of being a militant, is cared for by Iraqi Special Forces soldiers



3 May 2017. José Víctor Salazar Balza (28) catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela

21 September 2017. Aisha (14) stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. After being kidnapped by Boko Haram, Aisha was assigned a suicide bombing mission, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs.



Rohingya Crisis

28 September 2017. The bodies of Rohingya refugees are laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometers off Inani Beach, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Around 100 people were on the boat before it capsized. There were 17 survivors.

Red Moon Rising Photo Bohdan Warchomij February 4, 2018

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Composite Photo Bohdan Warchomij

STARGAZERS across large swathes of the globe — from the streets of Los Angeles to the slopes of a smouldering Philippine volcano — had the chance to witness a rare “super blue blood Moon” on Wednesday, when the earth’s shadow bathed our satellite in a coppery hue.

The celestial show was the result of the sun, earth, and moon lining up perfectly for a lunar eclipse just as the moon is near its closest orbit point to earth, making it appear “super” large.

“The red colour during a lunar eclipse is very distinctive and it’s a rare treat to be able to see a blood red Moon,” said Brian Rachford, associate professor of physics at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

For trivia buffs, the moon was 360,200 kilometres away at the peak of the eclipse, close enough for supermoon status.

The stages of the eclipse were photographed in Perth from Monument Hill in Fremantle by Bohdan Warchomij

Japan Camera Hunter February 1, 2018

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This is a site that warrants attention. Photojournalist David Dare Parker shared a story  from the site Japan Camera Hunter about Sean Flynn, the only son of Errol Flynn Lili Damita and the history of his Leica M2 which was found in a Paris apartment.

In 1970 he was kidnapped in Cambodia whilst on the way to an assignment with fellow photojournalist Dana Stone and was never seen again.

There were reports that both Flynn and Stone were kidnapped by the Vietcong and then handed to the Khmer Rouge before being executed, but remains were never found. Flynn’s mother spent her life and fortune trying to find a trace of her son, but sadly it was to no avail. Sean Flynn was declared legally dead in 1984.


The story includes photos from photojournalist Tim Page.

It shares other stories as well:  Teenage mechanical whizzes continue to this day as Oscar Oweson at 18 has created his own working Xpan alternative that he calls “The Oxygen”. It includes a story about the world’s smallest film company called WASHI and its products. A new Washi Film has been released. The company cult status reached after bringing the niche “W” film to 35mm a year ago. Lomig Perrotin of Washi Film has not rested one bit and has bought out a new hand-crafted film sequentially dubbed “V”.



One Day in Fremantle Photos Bohdan Warchomij January 29, 2018

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Fremantle City Council’s visionary act in 2017 to hold an alternative event to Australia day celebrations raised questions and ideological differences between conservatives, progressives and indigenous leaders that seem reasonable in the current climate. There is now a movement to link the two issues that divide the nation, the one being the question of invasion of a country of tribes that spoke different languages and fought intermittently with each other and the other the arrival of Arthur Phillip to impose a British experimental settlement, albeit a convict one initially.  Arthur Phillip’s humanity and charity held the fragile settlement together at Port Jackson until the time when it consolidated. When appointed as  governor of a penal colony without a name in 1787 he wrote down what he insisted should be its first law. “There can be no slavery in a free land.”

Noel Pearson has recently suggested with some validity that the observance of Australia Day should straddle the 25th and 26th of January, straddling two sovereignties, the sovereignty of the First Nation’s peoples,and the British Crown’s sovereignty and Paul Kelly Editor of the Australian maintains that “A nation ignorant of its history… is heading for trouble in the present age of populist and cheapjack disruption.”

The Greens and Bill Shorten get short shrift from Paul Kelly who says Shorten is “pathetic” in not backing Australia Day and Di Natale is purely chasing votes.

Kelly says: “Australia Day needs to stand because the nation cannot run or hide from the tragedy of its duality. The answer to indigenous feelings…is to construct, not destroy… then construct a new day of indigenous commemoration, suffering, survival and triumph…Tearing down one truth for another is the road to ruin for Australia.” Both dualities need to be honoured and recognised for their contribution to a unique modern state.

Dr Brad Pettitt said today’s replacement One Day in Fremantle event, headlined by singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke and with performances from Arnhem Land hip-hop artist Baker Boy and indigenous dance group Djuki Mala, had no such conflict. It has touched a nerve, provided a conversation, but ultimately does not offer a solution.

Ultimately we need to come together as people and solve the impasse. Noel Pearson’s solution of honouring both sides of the fence is the most worthy.

Australia Day Perth 2018 Photos Bohdan Warchomij January 27, 2018

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On a hot balmy day of celebration hundreds of thousands of West Australians attended the annual fireworks to share a sense of identity and an acknowledgement of the nation.

Simultaneously adding their voices to others across the nation, so called “Invasion Day” marchers chanted, “change the date”, as they headed on a short walk from Forrest Chase to shade tents in front of the Supreme Court Gardens, where the Birak indigenous concert began at 3pm.

The Birak concert was never in any sense divisive or ideological. It exemplified a sense of community and culture and togetherness in a  celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, experienced through music and dance by white and indigenous Australians. It was reassuring to see people coming together.

Birak is the Noongar season for December and January and during this time the Moodjar tree flowers bright orange.

In local dreaming, it is said that when a Noongar person passes away their spirit enters the tree where they wait for Birak.

When the tree flowers, their spirit goes west over Weidjemup (Rottnest Island) to be with their ancestors.

This year’s Birak Concert featured local talent including Stirling Rangers, Little Tear Drops, Hot Likwid, Doreen Pensio and Band, Phil Walleystack and Delly and Boyd Stokes (Yabu Band).

The event also included aboriginal dance workshops presented by the Wadumbah Dance Group.

Coroner’s Report on Tom Petty’s Death January 20, 2018

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Grammy-award winning rocker Tom Petty at his home in Malibu in September. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Rocker Tom Petty died last year from “multisystem organ failure” caused by accidental drug toxicity, the Los Angeles County coroner said Friday.

An autopsy found that Petty had several drugs in his system, including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, the agency said.

“A lot of these are found in prescription drugs,” said Brian Elias, a coroner’s spokesman.

Petty, 66, also had coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema.

Found unconscious at his Malibu home, Petty was taken to UCLA’s Santa Monica hospital in full cardiac arrest and died Oct. 2.

Petty had just completed an extensive tour to mark the Heartbreakers’ 40thanniversary. It concluded Sept. 25 with a three-night homecoming stand that sold out at the Hollywood Bowl.

His family released a statement addressing the findings on the musician’s official website Friday:

“Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments, including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.

“Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.


“On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.

“We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues, including fentanyl patches, and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.

“As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.

“On a positive note, we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40-plus-year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.

“We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.

“Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.

“We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.”

The statement was signed by the musician’s wife, Dana Petty, and his daughter Adria Petty.

Sealing the Ashes: Photos Bohdan Warchomij January 10, 2018

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The dynasty: Sean, Mitch and Geoff Marsh Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Privileged to photograph the Marsh brothers Shaun and Mitch with their father at the Third Test between England and Australia which sealed an Ashes victory for Australia at the WACA. Here are some of the photos:

Mitch Marsh acknowledges his father in the stands Photo Bohdan Warchomij


Mitch Marsh and His father Geoff Marsh hug at the end of play Photo Bohdan Warchomij

The WACA crowd celebrates Australia’s domination of England Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Austin Marsh 18 months, son of Sean and Rebecca Marsh with Geoff Marsh and Rebecca Marsh, his mother Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Hasselblad Masters 2018 January 9, 2018

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Ben Thomas Street Urban Category Winner Kyneton Australia


Made up of past Masters winners, experienced photographers and members of the photographic press, the Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 jury members were:

  • Tom Oldham – Photographer
    • Kevin Then – Photographer
    • Bara Prasilova – Past Master
    • Damien Demolder – Journalist
    • Blair Bunting – Photographer
    • Hans van Ommeren – Past Master
    • Mads Nissen – Photographer
    • Kevin Raber – Journalist
  • Ali Rajabi – Past Master
  • Martin Hausler – Photographer
  • Katrina Belkina – Past Master
  • Swee Oh – Past Master
  • Lars van de Goor – Past Master
  • Tim Flach – Photographer
  • Masters Jury member and professional photographer Tom Oldham said:

    “It really struck me how progressive many of the entries were this year and how far the entrants were willing to push the brief. These were the photographers who caught my eye – the ballsy, out-there risk-takers who make compelling pictures that refuse to be ignored. I’m proud to have helped to get this great kit into their hands – their images deserve it.”


    JORGE DE LA TORRIENTE USA Aerial Category Winner

    The Hasselblad Masters is a biannual and one of the world’s most prestigious professional photographic competitions and gives acclaimed professionals, as well as aspiring newcomers, the chance to make their mark in the world of photography.


    Photographers around the world were invited to submit three images that best demonstrate their photographic ability for the chance to be named a Hasselblad Master. The Hasselblad Masters 2018 competition featured 11 categories and received a record breaking 31,500 entries. The number of participating photographers has seen an increase of 175% this year compared to the Hasselblad Masters 2016.


    KARIM ILIYA USA Wildlife Category Winner