The Chris Bray Photography Team
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Our Philosophy


We seek out the world's most extraordinary wildlife, landscape and cultural experiences then tour small groups there in comfort, providing unique access away from the crowds with exclusive charter of ships, aircraft, vehicles and remote lodges for not only the most incredible, unhurried photography opportunities on Earth, but also an amazing holiday. Our friendly, professional photography guides are on hand to help you improve your photography (be that on a pro DSLR or iPhone) ensuring you get the best possible shots.

We're passionate about conservation too.

10 Reasons
to travel with us
Many of the incredible species we delight in sharing with you are endangered and many of the pristine environments under threat. We strongly believe in giving back - not only to the local people, but also directly to conservation projects. We are proud to donate many thousands of dollars to both community and wildlife projects around the world.

Founded by award-winning Australian Geographic photographer Chris Bray in 2009, we've grown into one of the world's most respected small-group photography tour companies.

Our Core Team

Chris Bray

Chris Bray

(Founder & Tour Leader) still leads many of our tours and his passion for wildlife, photography and wild places continues to drive our growth. Chris grew up sailing around the world then leading world-first cart-hauling expeditions across the arctic before becoming an award-winning Australian Geographic photographer, and now a Lumix global ambassador. Chris’s work has appeared in National Geographic and Discovery Channel along with Australian Geographic, TIME Magazine etc. He’s also an accomplished writer, with feature articles published around the world and even a successful book 'The 1000 Hour Day' (now an award-winning documentary 'The Crossing'), sits on the advisory committee for The Australian Geographic Society and is founder and CEO of Conservation United, crowd-funding the world’s critical conservation projects. Chris is also an International Fellow of 'The Explorers Club' and has been chairman of their Australia and New Zealand chapter. Chris is also a keen high-latitude sailor, sailing the first-ever junk-rig boat through the Northwest Passage over the arctic with his then wife Jess, on their little 29-foot wooden sailboat 'Teleport'. Australian Geographic Society's 'Young Adventurer of the Year' in 2004 for a Tasmanian wilderness hike, Chris has also been awarded their 'Spirit of Adventure' medal in 2009. In 2017, Chris also created and runs Swell Lodge on Christmas Island.
Lachlan Gardiner

Lachlan Gardiner

(Tour Leader) is an award-winning photographer, working primarily within the outdoors and adventure sports industry. Storytelling is at the heart of Lachlan’s work, and he views the camera as a way to share the amazing places, experiences and human relationships that make up these journeys. Graduating from Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art in 2012 with a Bachelor of Photography with First Class Honours majoring in photojournalism and documentary practice, Lachlan’s photography has been recognised with several awards including: The Memorial Maria Luisa International Photography Competition, The CVCE International Mountain Photography Contest, The New Zealand Alpine Club Photography Contest and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Award. His work has also been published and exhibited extensively throughout Australia and abroad. Some of his clients include Sea to Summit, Rab Equipment, Paddy Pallin, Scarpa, Osprey Packs, Marmot, Patagonia and The North Face. Lachlan is also a regular contributor to Wild Magazine and The Paddy Pallin Blog, along with other print and online publications. Aside from undertaking his own projects, Lachlan enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
Nina Maurovic

Nina Maurovic

(Tour Leader) studied an environmental degree for 3 years and has worked in numerous tourism roles including driving boats for dolphin tours and rehabilitating raptors including eagles and owls, presenting them in educational displays. This is in fact how Nina first became involved with Chris Bray Photography, during our early tours to Kangaroo Island, where Nina was 'that girl driving the jet boat, and with a huge wedge tailed eagle perched on her arm'. Nina moved to Christmas Island in 2020 where she became lodge manager and tour guide for Swell Lodge, and helped run photography tours. In addition to a passion for photography, the outdoors and the ocean, Nina's super-power is her knowledge about and ability to spot animals, especially birds and reptiles.
Jonathan Ives

Jonathan Ives

(Tour Leader) is a gifted and passionate photographer whose images have appeared in Australian Geographic, AG Outdoor and other prestigious publications. Having completed his Bachelor of Science in Advanced Biology (specialising in animal behaviour) in 2009, Jonathan has dovetailed his keen interest in wildlife and the outdoors with his photography skills to capture truly unique images. Over the last decade, Jonathan has run many of our photography courses and tours around the world, to high acclaim.
Louise Wright

Louise Wright

(Tour Leader) is a documentary photographer, based in Brisbane. After four years of full time study, she graduated from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Photography with Class 1 Honours, majoring in photojournalism and social documentary. Louise has been assisting with photo courses & then running tours since joining our team in CBP in 2013. Besides photography, Louise's passions include spending time in the great outdoors going hiking & camping.
Natsumi Penberthy

Natsumi Penberthy

(Tour Leader) has had a varied career which has included leading expeditions in remote parts of the Kimberley, and working as writer (including various coveted roles including Australian Geographic's staff writer, and at Nature), photographer, videographer, picture researcher and picture editor at Australian Geographic. She made sense of this tangle of skills when she joined CBP in 2013, helping run our courses and then tours. Along the way, thousands and thousands of images from the country's most sought-after photographers have passed across Natsumi’s desk and talking about how to make images is one of her favourite subjects.
Kate Carragher

Kate Carragher

(Tour Leader) is a photographer, wildlife creative, artist and adventurer with a focus on Women and the Wild. Recently named as one of the Runner-Ups for the Discovery Channel Global Internship, Kate’s photographs and illustrations of nature have featured in the ‘She Went Wild’ Women’s Adventure Expo, Travel Play Live and in private collections in more than 10 countries.

The daughter of a painter and a mathematician, Kate has been fascinated with the arts and sciences for most of her life. After gaining her Bachelor of Communication, Kate worked as chief speechwriter and media manager for a tier of Government lobbying for the rights of NSW communities and the environment.

The call of the wild was too much and so she packed her bags and moved to the remote South Pacific island nation of Niue to be a Whale Whisperer, leading swims with humpback whales. While on Niue, Kate also obtained her Dive Masters and a host of guiding certificates. From there, she became a grizzly bear guide in the remote Chilcotin region of Canada and director of Vida, a women’s creative collective and magazine. These adventures lead to Kate being a regular guest on ABC Newcastle 1223 and sponsored by Kathmandu as a wildlife creative.

When she is not photographing or guiding, Kate is a freelance communications consultant and runs an art studio with her Mum and her sister. Kate’s life mantra is to 'Draw, explore, write, take flight, keep it wild, keep it styled. Capture it all.'
Till Simons

Till Simons

(Tour Leader) is currently studying visual anthropology. Besides his work as an ethnographic filmmaker, passionate photographer and storyteller with a huge interest in people’s behaviour and interaction, he’s also drawn to the great outdoors. Traveling has brought him to many places around the world, where empathy and patience always led to great relationships and occasionally even lasting friendships with the local community. His work stretches from photography workshops in Tanzania to wildlife documentaries in Australia and journalistic photo stories in Germany or Switzerland. Always up for the next adventure into the unknown, photography has always served him as the glue, when he launches work, studying and travel without compromises and combining the three pillars whenever possible.

Our Assistants

We're very proud to have these exceptionally talented people helping us run our courses and tours, each possessing a great passion and skill for photography, as well as a wonderful ability help other people in that friendly, easy-to-understand way that we love.

Michelle Oppert
Michelle Oppert
is one of our assistants who has possessed a keen interest in photography ever since she can remember. She has travelled extensively and fell in love with the way photography can capture moments and places in a way that not only holds those memories forever, but enable her to share them with other people too. After completing one of our very first 1 Day Photography Courses at Adelaide Zoo, Michelle elected to study the Evolution of Photography at university and has since been able to appreciate both the art and technique of photography and what goes on behind the lens. With a particular love for photographing animals (her work hangs in Adelaide's busiest veterinary Centre), Michelle is full of energy and when you meet her someday, she would love to hear of your adventures and what piques your interest in photography.
Sarah Summers
Sarah Summers
started out as a self-taught photographer, her first published photograph being on the real estate board of her parents house in 2004. She then went on to do voluntarily work as a photographer for a local magazine during the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2006, and started to win some photography awards. In 2010 Sarah attended one of our Melbourne one day course, and then joined us for our Tasmania and Galapagos photo tours in 2011. Since then, she has jumped and excelled at every photographic challenge thrown at her, from shooting her first wedding, stepping into the realms of product and portrait photography, as well as coordinating and directing photo shoots. Her warm, friendly persona makes Sarah a delight to be around, and she has simultaneously built her career in the non-profit sector, combining her various passions of people and wildlife with her love of photography. Sarah is enthusiastic and strives to try or learn something new each time she picks up the camera.
Simone Heron
Simone Heron
is a bright, friendly and approachable member of our team. She’s always had a passion for art and creative expression, and ever since experimenting her first disposable camera when she was just twelve years old, Simone has developed a passion for taking photos. Having studied photography at school, Simone then purchased her first DSLR in 2010, completed a specialist fashion and design course, and attended one of our 1-day photography courses at Perth Zoo, where she says “everything just fell into place” and she hasn’t put her camera down since. We instantly recognised her engaging energy and quick understanding of the camera, and are delighted to now have Simone helping our new course attendees gain more enjoyment and ability from their shared passion.
Tash Godfrey
Tash Godfrey
has several degrees including one in Education and is perhaps one of our best-qualified course assistants, but it’s her patience, personality and passion for photography that caught our attention when she first attended one of our courses. Living in Melbourne, Tash grew up taking photos on a disposable camera, upgrading to a film SLR for her HSC/VCE and finally justifying a DSLR to shoot her sister’s wedding. Since then, in between teaching, Tash travels the world with her camera, leaning over cliff faces and boats for unique angles, lying on the ground to find tiny details, even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to capture moments she wants to last forever. She’s photographed Cambodia several times, along with Vietnam and most recently East Africa, where she decided her passion is photographing children and animals - talk about a hard duo! Tash feels these can be some of the most rewarding photos and she looks forward to helping you capture yours.
Hollie Newman
Hollie Newman
is in her final year of a Visual Communication and Design degree at the University of Newcastle, and after attending our 1 Day Photography Course she went on to start her own company called Evolution Photography and Design. Conservation is close to Hollies heart; she sees photography and design as a catalyst to influence the world for the better, as a voice for those who are not able to speak for themselves. Outside of study and business, Hollie volunteers with Hunter Animal Rescue, taking amazing studio photos of the animals to help them find their 'forever homes', and also enjoys finding and photographing the small things and fleeting moments which otherwise go unnoticed, yet are so beautiful to capture and a joy to share. Hollie is really excited to be a part of Chris’s amazing team, and loves helping other photographers discover the world's hidden beauty which their camera can reveal, and of course the fun that sits alongside photography.

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