MY STORY

I almost shouldn’t be here - twice I have almost died so I feel privileged to tell this story.

 

The first time I was two years old. My dad has recently finished building his dream home. He was upstairs showing a friend around when he looked out the window. From up high he saw a splash in the pool. That was me - drowning. By the time he got the stairs, out the front door and to the edge of the pool, I was sinking to the bottom. I’d already come up for not one but two breaths. This was it. If he hadn’t seen me, this is where I would have sunk to the bottom and never breathed again. He reached deep into the water, grab me by the head and dragged me out. Safe - for now.

 

The other time I almost died I was 18. Discontent with where my life was heading, I decided to raid the family medicine box. With a bottle of port, I washed down 200 odd pills and waited for my life to end. But nothing happened. By the time they found me, I was conscious and rushed to hospital. Because I didn’t know what I’d taken, they have no idea how to treat me. Hours had passed and they had no option but to pump my stomach with charcoal to help absorb the cocktail of drugs I’d taken. That night in emergency must have been the longest night of my parent’s life. But thankfully what the doctors had done was enough. I was safe again.

 

Following that brush my death, I decided to take drastic action. I left university mid-term and escaped interstate. I got my first job, saved some money and travelled. I fell in love with photography. Exploring across the top end of Australia opened my eyes to the beauty of this country. 

I got my first job, saved some money and travelled. I fell in love with photography. Exploring across the top end of Australia opened my eyes to the beauty of this country. 

My first serious landscape photography was walking the famous Overland Track in Tasmania. I carried two backpacks on that week-long trip. My big heavy backpack on the back had my tent, sleeping bag and food. On the front I carried my camera bag with my precious photography gear. I relished in the opportunity to document this incredible landscape. The ruggedness, the remoteness and of course the natural beauty left my heart full of desire to see more. 

 

For the next 20-odd years I would follow my passion and dedicate my life to capturing the diverse beauty of Australia. Driven by my desire to showcase the beauty of the landscape, I spent many months of every year creating new photographs for upcoming limited and open edition prints and book projects.

But I make it sound easy. It wasn’t always the amazing adventure I make it out to be. Teaching myself photography was a constant battle. Being a perfectionist, I struggled with making so many mistakes.

Photographs that I thought would be winners turned out to be outright failures. That disappointment almost crippled me. I felt like I wasn’t making any progress. I was devoting my life to pursue my dream yet my art wasn’t getting any better. Even though I had invested a great deal of time and money into photography, many times I felt like giving it away. 

 

Whether it was my stubbornness or my perfectionism, I persisted. Eventually my wins became a little more frequent and I saw progress. YIPPIE! “I could actually do this!” I told myself.

Fast forward 10 years and I wanted more - I wanted to learn more and be a better photographer.

However, I struggled to find anyone teaching photography outside of the traditional education system. I knew I didn’t want to learn in a classroom environment as I learn best by doing. Some said you learn best teaching others. So I started my own landscape photography workshops to teach all the lessons I’d learnt along the way. 

 

That was all the way back in 2005. To pass on my knowledge and have others benefit from these teachings was immensely satisfying. I didn’t want that feeling to end. 

To this day, I still travel the world teaching the art of landscape photography to hundreds of people each year. 

For 15 years we’ve been taking enthusiastic amateur photographers across the globe to stretch their wings and cross new horizons. Their photographic adventures have taken them though incredible landscapes and richly intriguing cultures. And along the way, they’ve improved their skills, had heaps of fun, and had an incredible life time experience.

 

May the journey continue…

Tom Putt

Master of Photography

 

2020 Panoramic Fine Art Photographer of the Year

2019 International Aerial & Nature Photographer of the Year

 

PS. If you'd like to improve your photography, I'd love the opportunity to teach you what I've learnt over the past 32 years. Click on the button below for information on our upcoming workshops.

Tom is an inspiration for all budding photographers and people who are just trying to develop their skills and eye.

Bernard

We were very lucky to have Tom do a presentation at the Casey Camera Club earlier this year. He was absolutely brilliant as always, with such fantastic and inspiring energy - always a welcomed guest!

Trace

The Photography world is lucky to have someone like him. 

 

 

Vicki

BIOGRAPHY

TOM PUTT

 

  • 1996


    SPORT

    World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) Ironman Triathlon World Championships, Hawaii, USA 

  • 1997


    SPORT

    World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) Ironman Triathlon World Championships, Hawaii, USA 

     

    International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Championships, 
Perth, Australia 


     

    Australian Ironman Triathlon, New South Wales, Australia 


  • 1997


    LANDSCAPE

    First Professional Landscape Photoshoot - Overland Track, Tasmania.

  • 1998


    SPORT

    Victorian Racing Club (VRC) Melbourne Cup, Australia 


     

    FINA Swimming World Championships, Perth, Australia 


     

    Australian Ironman Triathlon, New South Wales, Australia 


  • 1999


    SPORT

    VRC Melbourne Cup, Australia 

     

    Australian Ironman Triathlon, New South Wales, Australia 


  • 2000


    SPORT

    International Olympic Committee Sydney Olympics, Australia

    International Paralympic Committee Sydney Paralympics, Australia 


     

    Australian Tennis Open, Melbourne, Australia 


     

    VRC Melbourne Cup, Australia 


     

    Australian Ironman Triathlon, New South Wales, Australia 


  • 2001


    SPORT

    Official Athletics Australia Photographer, IAAF Athletics World 
Championships, Edmonton, Canada 


     

    Official Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Photographer, East 
Asian Games, Osaka, Japan

    Australian Tennis Open, Melbourne, Australia 


     

    National Rugby League (NRL) Grand Final, Olympic Stadium, Sydney, 
Australia 

     

    Official Photographer, National Basketball League (NBL) Grand Final, Australia 

     

    WTC Ironman Triathlon World Championships, Hawaii, USA 


     

    ITU World Triathlon Championships, Perth, Australia 


     

    Australian Ironman Triathlon, New South Wales, Australia 

  • 2001


    LANDSCAPE

    Red Centre Photoshoot

  • 2003


    AWARDS

    Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Australian 
Photographer of the Year Awards – 4 Silver Awards 


  • 2004


    AWARDS

    AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards – 1 Silver Award 


  • 2004


    SPORT

    UCI World Track Cycling Championships, Melbourne, Australia 

  • 2005


    AWARDS

    AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards – 2 Silver Awards 


     

    BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, Highly Commended 


  • 2006


    AWARDS

    AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards – 4 Silver Awards 


     

    Highest scoring Portrait Print, AIPP Victorian Photographer of the 
Year Awards (VPPY) 

  • 2006


    PUBLISHED

    ‘Kids of Bayside’ Book 

  • 2007


    AWARDS

    Highest scoring print by a Member, AIPP Victorian Photographer of 
the Year Awards (VPPY) 


  • 2007


    SPORT

    Official Panoramic Photographer, AFL Grand Final, Melbourne, 
Australia 

  • 2007


    PUBLISHED

    ‘Kids of Bayside’ Book 


  • 2008


    JUDGE

    AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 


     

    AIPP Western Australia Professional Photography Awards (WAPPA) 


     

    AIPP Fuji Breakaway Keynote Speaker, Victoria, Australia 


  • 2008


    PUBLISHED

    'Kids of Bayside' Book

  • 2008


    JUDGE

    Tasmania Photography Awards (TPPY) 


     

    AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 


  • 2009


    PUBLISHED

    ‘WOOF’ Book 


  • 2010


    JUDGE

    International Judge, Epson Pano Awards 


     

    International Judge, Landscape 500 competition 


     

    AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 


     

    AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards (VPPY) 


  • 2010


    AWARDS

    AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards – 2 Silver Distinctions, 1 Silver Award 


     

    Highest Scoring print by an Associate, AIPP Victorian Professional 
Photography Awards (VPPY) 


     

    Runner Up in the Landscape Category, AIPP Victorian Professional 
Photography Awards (VPPY) 


     

    Runner Up in the Illustrative Category, AIPP Victorian Professional 
Photography Awards (VPPY) 


     

    Highest Scoring Print in the Illustrative Category, AIPP Victorian 
Professional Photography Awards (VPPY) 


  • 2010


    PUBLISHER

    ‘Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park’ book 


     

    ‘Routeburn Track’ book

    ‘Milford Track’ book 


     

    'WOOF! 2 Paws & All' book

  • 2011


    JUDGE

    AIPP NSW Professional Photography Awards


     

    AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards (VPPY)

  • 2011


    AWARDS

    AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards – 7 silver awards

     

    Runner Up ‘Travel’ Category, AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards


  • 2012


    PUBLISHED

    ‘WOOF!4 Dogs Galore’


     

     ‘WOOF!5 Ruff n’ Ready’


     

    ‘Generations – Their Story’


  • 2012


    JUDGE

    International Aperture Awards


     

    International Finalist Judge, Medium Format Art Awards


     

    International Judge, Epson Pano Awards


     

    AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA)

  • 2013


    JUDGE

    International Judge, Epson Pano Awards


     

    International Loupe Awards Judge


     

    International Finalist Judge, Medium Format Art Awards


     

    AIPP NSW Professional Photography Awards


     

    AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards (VPPY)

  • 2013


    AWARDS

    International Photography Awards – 4 Honorable Mentions


     

    AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards – 2 Silver with Distinction Awards and 2 Silver Awards

     

    
Awarded AIPP Master of Photography


     

    Capture Magazine Annual – Landscapes


     

    International Loupe Awards – 1 Silver Award and 2 Bronze Awards

     

    International Loupe Awards – 2nd Place, Landscapes, Open Competition


     

    Sixth Sinar Mas Print Awards – Silver Award, ‘WOOF!4 Dogs Galore’

     

    One Eyeland Awards – 1 Bronze Award, Landscapes and Finalist, Fine Art


  • 2014


    AWARDS

    International Landscape Photographer of the Year Runner-up


     

    International Landscape Photograph of the Year Runner-up


     

    Victorian Professional Photography Awards – Gold Award, 3 Silver Awards


     

    International Photography Awards – Honourable Mention


  • 2015


    AWARDS

    Epson Pano Awards - 2 Silver Awards, 5 Bronze Awards


     

    ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year - Landscape finalist

  • 2016


    AWARDS

    Epson Pano Awards - 4 Silver Awards, 3 Bronze Awards


  • 2017


    AWARDS

    Epson Pano Awards - 3 Silver Awards, 9 Bronze Awards


  • 2017


    SPEAKER

    Keynote Speaker, VAPS Annual Conference, Frankston, Victoria

  • 2018


    AWARDS

    International Photography Awards - 2nd Place, Aerial Category

     

    International Landscape Photographer of the Year - Two images in Top 101

     

    Outdoor Photographer of the Year - Winner, 'View from Above' Category

     

    Epson Pano Awards - Second Place, Carolyn Mitcham Award.

     

    Epson Pano Awards - 3 Silver Awards, 6 Bronze Awards

  • 2018


    SPEAKER

     

    Bright Festival of Photography - Keynote Presenter and Workshop Leader

  • 2019


    PUBLISHED

    'Mornington Peninsula' book

  • 2019


    AWARDS

    International Photography Awards - 1st Place, Aerial Category

     

    International Photography Awards - Winner, Nature Category

     

    Australian Photography Awards - 3 Honourable Mentions, Aerial Category

     

    'Birdman' - feature artwork, Art & About Sydney

     

    Black & White Spider Awards - 2nd Place, Nature Category & 2 Honourable Mentions, 4 Nominations

     

    Epson Pano Awards - 1 Gold Award, 3 Silver Awards, 6 Bronze Awards

     

    Focus Awards - 5 Silver Awards

     

    International Landscape Photographer of the Year - Three images in Top 101

  • 2019


    SPEAKER

    Bright Festival of Photography - Keynote Presenter and Workshop Leader

  • 2020


    SPEAKER

     

    Bright Festival of Photography - Keynote Presenter and Workshop Leader

  • 2020


    PUBLISHED

    'Mornington Peninsula - Summer Edition' book

  • 2020


    AWARDS

    Fine Art Awards - 1st Place, Panoramic Category

     

    Fine Art Awards - 3rd Place, Abstract Category

     

    Epson Pano Awards - 9 Silver Awards, 13 Bronze Awards

     

    Australian Photography Awards - 1st Place, Landscape Category

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