Steve Irwin’s son recognised for his photographic talent

Posted by Ishani Chetty on 2 January 2019

Robert Irwin, the teenaged son of the late and well-loved Aussie conservationist, Steve Irwin, has been ‘highly commended’ for his photographic skills in the 2018 National History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Robert Irwin interacting with some playful meerkats, camera at the ready.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year photography competition is one of the most prestigious the world over and is run by the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London.

The competition recognises and showcases talented nature photographers from around the world and is open to amateur and professional photographers of any age.

Steve Irwin, who was affectionately known as the ‘The Crocodile Hunter’, is known for his work and legacy in wildlife conservation and his son Robert (now 15) appears to be following in his dad’s footsteps with his immense interest and connection to wildlife.

Robert’s image was one of the highly commended photos in the category for 11-14 year-olds. Taken while on a month-long trip to the swamplands of northern Queensland, the teen was able to capture a rare moment in nature.

“I spent a month visiting a remote swamp in northern Queensland to get this shot of a huntsman spider devouring a frog and was very excited that it is one of the only times this has been recorded,” Robert said in a post.

The avid nature lover is enthralled to have been recognised and receive the commendation in the international competition.

“So very proud for my photography to be highly commended in the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition, ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ here in London. Honoured to be part of the @nhm_wpy event, amongst some of the greatest photographers of all time,” he said.

An exhibition of the winning and commended images will be showcased at the Natural History Museum in London and in 60 museums across six continents around the world, ensuring that the photographers’ talents are seen by the world.

Robert is surely making his father proud and continues the Irwin family legacy with his conservation efforts and love of nature.

Also read: National Geographic Photo Contest winners 2018

Picture: Twitter/ Robert Irwin

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