21 personal stories told in images

Each are taken by Canon Master photographers and showcase the magic of photography and the art of storytelling through imagery from incredible places across the world.

Huranga Holi Festival

Baladev Dauji Temple, Mathura, India

by Richard I'Anson

Huli festival

Shot on Canon EOS 1D-X DSLR with EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens: f4.5, 1/250, ISO 200

For about 40 minutes I was buffeted around by the milling crowd as water and coloured powder was splashed around, but being on the temple floor provided the intimate point of view that puts the viewer right there.

For Richard l’Anson, shooting Holi is easily one of the most intense photographic experiences he's had. The festival reached its climax at the Baladev Dauji Temple when the temple was flooded with water. A procession of gods is accompanied by men throwing buckets of water on the watching women who in turn tear the shirts off the men, roll them up then beat anyone within range with the wet, rolled up shirt.



Bandhavgarh National Park, India

by Richard I'Anson

lion Richard I'Anson
Shot on Canon EOS 1D-X DSLR with EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X lens: f5.6, 1/500, ISO 4000

Encounters such as this are so brief yet remain with you forever, and are a humbling reminder of the great privilege I have of seeing and experiencing the world as a travel photographer.

Canon Master, Richard l’Anson saw this tiger in the distance walking parallel to the road but the trackers he was with were convinced she would head their way. The vehicles were parked and they waited. Around 15 minutes later she appeared out of the bushes, almost without warning, walking straight towards Richard. A few frames later she was gone. 


Red Stripe

Beijing, China

By Jackie Ranken

Shot on Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR with TS-E24mm f/3.5L II lens: f5, 1/200, 400 ISO. Multiple Exposure mode: average

When I travel I like to feel like a photographer not a tourist. I am more interested in being aware of what is happening around me, watching the light and the interplay of shapes within the frame.

Jackie Ranken was photographing the interesting architecture of Beijing when she noticed a man about to step though the archway. She was in the middle of a double exposure at the time, so just went with the flow and made this shot when he stepped through.

Red Stripe II

Beijing, China

By Jackie Ranken

Jackie Ranken
Shot on Canon EOS 5DS DSLR with EF 50mm 1.2L USM lens: f/1.2, 1/2640, 100 ISO. Multiple Exposure mode: average

I really enjoyed the light, it looked magical. The selective red and yellow hues are so Chinese and the mix of new and old for me is intriguing. I feel like I am falling into a fairytale. Like Alice in Wonderland.

Jackie Ranken likes to make photographs of everyday things, find something special in them and to make images that are part of a series. Red Stripe II was shot at a location in the Summer Palace in Beijing where tourists come and have their photograph made while dressed in traditional clothes. She used her 50mm lens wide open at f/1.2 to create a narrow band of focus to bring her eye to the painting of an Empress Dowager deep within the frame. 


Greg Claudius

Perth, Australia

By Daniel Linnet

Daniel Linnet
Shot on Canon EOS 1D-X DSLR with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens

Greg is like the old rock star of big rig mechanics; very passionate about what he does, a colourful personality and definitely larger than life. In this instance he was perfectly framed by his surroundings.

Daniel Linnet was on location for a client and in the process of setting up a different shot when he spun around and saw Greg emerge from the maintenance pit like the “mad professor” that he was.


Rahima Namitjira

Alice Springs, Australia

By Daniel Linnet 

rahima namitjia
Shot on Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR with EF 35mm f/1.4L lens

I managed to get Rahima’s undivided attention for less than 30 seconds, which was all that I needed for this shot.

Daniel Linnet met Nahima Namitjira in his 2nd grade class at the Yiprinya Community School in Alice Springs. Towards the end of the class as a reward for their good behaviour the kids had 10 minutes of free play time, which is when Daniel captured Rahima at play.


Homage to Cousteau's ‘Inner Space’

North Bay

By Darren Jew

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Shot on Canon EOS 1D C with EF 16-35mm f/4L Lens: f8, 1/200, 500 ISO

North Bay was almost glassy early this morning. I could see this image coming together over a couple of drops as the mum became more comfortable with the calf’s curious forays amongst the group and we drifted over sand under 30 plus metres of clear water.

With fantastic visibility and a calm sea made for quiet swims, North Bay is one of Canon Master, Darren Jew’s favourites, especially as the algae growing on the sand offers a beautiful texture. Spotting a distant blow as he came around White Patch, Darren headed up the bay to investigate. As he got closer he could see it was a mum and calf, just moving slowly parallel to the shore.


Colours of Positano

Positano, Italy

By Eugene Tan

Aquabumps eugene tan
Shot on Canon EOS 5DSR DSLR with EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens

I am not used to shooting beaches without waves – but I was very impressed with the colours.

Aquabumps founder, Eugene Tan ventured off his usual surfing and beach routes to immerse in the Italian beach culture during peak season. He found that the Italians love the beach as much as Aussies do, noting that hey laze all day long in the sun and pack the beaches, just like in Australia. 


Surf's Bodyguards

Cape Byron, Byron Bay, Australia

By Eugene Tan

Aquabumps eugene tanShot on Canon EOS 5DSR DSLR with EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II lens

It’s just a different world. Surfers are being bitten by the dozen so it’s like they’re protecting the surfer, which is why I like it so much.

With so much media on shark attacks, Eugene Tan was happy to shoot a surfer being flanked by dolphins up at Cape Byron (a region where some attacks have occurred). 

Nicole and Zion

Cover of Elle Australia (June 2015)

By Georges Antoni


Shot on Canon EOS 1D-X DSLR with EF 50mm f/1.2 lens

This image of Nicole Trunfio feeding her son Zion is one of my favorite images from 2015. It sparked a social media movement titled ‘Normalise Breastfeeding’ and stimulated an incredible amount of debate on the issue.

This image was a controversial subscription cover for Elle Australia that gained international attention from media outlets like BBC and Time. As a result, Nicole and the editor, Justine Cullen appeared on shows like Good Morning America and Today (Australia) arguing for the right for women to choose to breast feed in public without associated stigma. This image also won 'Cover of the Year at 2015 Australian Magazine Awards.


Singapore turns 50

Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, 50th anniversary issue (October 2015)

By Georges Antoni


Shot on Canon EOS 5DSR DSLR with EF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

I was commissioned to shoot Singapore and illustrate its uniqueness. As I had lived in Singapore for five years, it was an exciting project for me. I wanted to celebrate all things Singaporean.

This is one image from a 44-page story shot in Singapore for Harper’s Bazaar to celebrate Singapore turning 50. Georges Antoni ended up shooting each designer's collection in a different location from traditional food stalls to the F1 track and in Little India. This image was showcasing Givenchy in the ‘Singapore Flyer’. The story won the ‘Award of Excellence for Photography’ at the International Creative Media Awards 2015.


Inspired by ‘The Young Martyr’

By Kelly Brown

kelly brown

Shot on Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II lens: f5.6, 1/60, ISO 1600

A personal project that I photographed early 2015 inspired by the painting ‘The Young Martyr’.

White Flower

By Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown

Shot on Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II lens: f5.6, 1/60, ISO 1600

Inspired by a large white flower in a fashion magazine I decided to make my own flower out of large foam sheets to create something a little different.

Bird's Nest


By Krystle Wright

Krystle Wright

Shot on Canon EOS 5DSR DSLR with EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II lens: f2.8, 1/20, ISO 1250

A trip with no expectations can lead to wonderful unexpected moments.

Krystle Wright ventured to Tasmania and let her trip unfold with little to no direction. She came across this unique creation on a hike that resembled a giant birds nest, which she knew would make for a great scene for a portrait with Heather Larsen.


North Cascades National Park, Washington State, USA

By Krystle Wright

Krystle Wright

Shot on Canon EOS 5DSR DSLR with EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II lens: f2.8, 1/20, ISO 1250

The light became phenomenal and I love these moments where it's just friends hanging out in the mountains totally disconnected from civilisation and being present in the moment.

Krystle Wright shot this image on a late summer adventure into the North Cascades National Park where she and her friends wanted to camp out on top of Concord Tower on Washington Pass as they rigged a new high-line. 

Ishikara Bay

Hokaido, Japan

By Mike Langford

ishikara bay
Shot on Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with EF 16-35mm f/4 IS USM lens: f14, 30 seconds, ISO 100

There are two things you need as a landscape photographer – one is dogged perseverance and the other is a certain amount of luck. I really liked the seagull on the rock next to the Tori Gate, as this gave it scale. Luckily the 30 second time exposure happened just as there was a brightness in the sky behind the gate – making it into a silhouette.

Mike Langford really liked the idea of such a small structure in such a large landscape. A Tori Gate signifies the entrance to a Zen shrine and this one is for the safe passage for all the fishermen who work out of this little bay. It took him most of the day to find the bay. The coast road in this part of the country is mostly a series of tunnels with little gaps in between where you can sometimes pull off into a bay or village. It was just a matter of finding the right gap for Ishikara Bay. At 3.00pm just as the light was starting to fade, he gave it one last drive by and finally found the bay. It had been raining hard most of the day and as he pulled up it stopped raining long enough for him to make this image before it bucketed down again.

Yangshuo Cave

Southern China

By Mike Langford

Yangshuo Cave
Shot on Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with EF 16-35mm f/4 IS USM lens: f11, 122 seconds, ISO 100

It was only after I had taken the photo that I noticed the two stone faces on either side of the cave walls which gave the shot that extra interest.

Mike Langford had been to this area many times but had never seen this cave with the stepping stones before. On this day the river was very high and it was still raining quite heavily. The wet stones glistened in the soft light and led the eye from the darkness of the cave out into the vast landscape the area is famous for. 

Smoking Hot Klemmer

Belmore, Sydney, Australia

By Phil Hillyard

Phil hIllyard

Shot on Canon EOS 1D-X DSLR with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

This picture was timely given Klemmer’s recent rise in profile as one of the games great players.

The Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league player David Klemmer lets off some steam during Monday night football at Belmore Sports Ground. He had just played a big role in the NSW Blues victory over Queensland in State of Origin Game Two where he became regarded as the number one front rower in the country. 

Mitchell Johnson

Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Australia

By Phil Hillyard

Phil Hillyard
Shot on Canon EOS 1D-X DSLR with EF 600mm f/4 II USM lens

It was a big moment. Australia into the Cricket World Cup Final and it needed a big picture to show it. The picture ran the whole back page. It's always good to capture split second elation which sums up an event. 

Australia’s Mitchell Johnson celebrates bowling India’s Rohit Sharma during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final at the SCG. Mitch led Australia to victory and Australia went on to win the World Cup. 


By Ryan Schembri

Ryan Schembri

Shot on Canon EOS 1D-X DSLR with EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens: f4, 1/125

I love the detail in this image but more her pensive look just before getting married.

Shot moments before exiting the house on the way to the ceremony, Ryan Schembri used a single window as his lighting source. Light always plays the biggest part in images but the position of subject also needs to be perfected. In this case, it is more the presence of shadow rather than the light that emphasises all the amazing detail in her dress and veil.

Bride and Groom

By Ryan Schembri

ryan schembri wedding
Shot on Canon EOS 5DSR DSLR with EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens: f8, 1/125

Creating images that can be hung on the wall as a piece of art but have a very personal story to them is something I always strive to do.

Looking for ways to bring two stories together: the bride walking down the aisle and groom’s tense position as she does, Ryan Schembri used his camera’s multiple exposure feature to produce this image in camera on the day. 

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