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Tribute to Matthew Dwyer Photographer October 5, 2019

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The body of a Perth photographer has been found at the base of one of Western Australia’s highest peaks, where he had previously gone to shoot wildlife photography.

Friends of Mr Dwyer, who was known for his striking images of animals and birds, became concerned for his welfare on Wednesday when he failed to return from a trip to Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges National Park.

A widescale search involving the State Emergency Services (SES), police helicopter and drone and AMSA Challenger Search and Rescue Jet searched the park overnight and into the day.

A body believed to be that of the 51-year-old was found about midday at the base of the main bluff, a 1,090-metre-tall peak, 400 kilometres south-east of Perth, which is a popular destination for hikers and climbers.

Mr Dwyer was a career photographer with more than 30 years’ experience.

His former colleague at the Fremantle Herald, journalist David Bell, remembered Mr Dwyer as a gentle, kind and warm person.

“He’d come along to meetings where I’d interview people and he was there to take the photos but sometimes he’d come up with better questions than I would.

“Very fair to say he’s beloved.”

Mr Dwyer is survived by three children.

He is understood to have spent a lot of time in the bush, and had previously been up on Bluff Knoll, where he snapped a celebrated picture of a native quokka in the snow.

To a true gentleman and great photographer: RIP Matthew Dwyer


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