Internationally renowned New Zealand wildlife photographer
Tui De Roy with the book on penguins she has co-authored.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
Tui De Roy has travelled to the ends of the Earth in
search of the perfect wildlife photograph.
Whether photographing the rarely seen northern rockhopper
penguin on a South Atlantic island or the emperor penguin in
the Antarctic, the remoter the better, for Ms De Roy.
During the production of her latest book, Penguins Their
World, Their Ways, co-authored with Mark Jones and Julie
Cornthwaite, she made an exception, visiting Otago Peninsula
to photograph the yellow-eyed penguin.
Ms De Roy (59) and her co-authors were in Dunedin this week
to talk to the Dunedin Photographic Society.
The book was a sister to an earlier one on albatrosses and
together marked the end of a 15-year project for the trio.
It was during the work for the latest book that she fell in
love - with emperor penguins.
She travelled to the Antarctic with the Australian Antarctic
programme and was able to spend three days photographing the
''It's very much the end of the earth. I was very lucky.
''The space, the immensity, the soft light and they were such
stately birds. It was very other-worldly.''
Her dream was to spend one year in Antarctic photographing
the penguins' life for another book.
Such an endeavour was not that outrageous for the woman who
has been photographing wildlife in remote places for many
decades - including the Galapagos Islands, where she used to
live - and who has produced six books in the past eight
Another highlight was photographing the ''outrageous''
looking northern rockhopper penguins, as their remote
location meant they were not often seen by people.
In contrast, she also spent four weeks camping in the
Falkland Islands among four different species of penguins.
Her work required much time and the ability to be able to
immerse herself in the environment, she said.
With the book out, she planned to take some time out before
planning her next project.