I have just arrived back from an amazing four days in New Zealand on a creative photography workshop with award winning photographers, Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford. The trip was the prize for 2013 Canon Photo5 - a unique photography competition which challenges entrants with five briefs designed to inspire creative imagery. You can see my winning "Jelly/Light" Brief entry here. I was also fortunate to have been part of the 2013 Photo5 trip to Uluru! Queenstown and the surrounding region is absolutely breathtaking. I can't wait to go back and explore other areas of this beautiful country. And I must confess to getting a little excited when we visited movie locations from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Narnia and The Wolverine.

Here's a sneak peak from our trip to Paris and London. I could not have planned this shot. I don't even remember this little girl being there. At the most perfect moment, just as I hit the shutter, she runs in to my photo creating a ghostly blur framed by an old world structure in Paris. Even her clothes give the appearance of being from another time. Very spooky!

Whoah. Where has this year gone? It seems only yesterday I was writing about my plans for 2013 declaring it the year of change. Well, things haven't quite gone to plan. Especially with regards to showing this blog some love. But one thing is for sure, 2013 has most certainly been eventful! It has been a year of extreme highs and lows. I started a new business, traveled to the heart of the Australian outback, experienced the most divine macaroons in Paris, walked in the shoes of John, Paul, George and Ringo across Abbey Road, shared a Pimm's (or 2 or 3) with cricketing legends and celebrated with the Queen (well kind of) on the arrival of her new grandson. Throw in a health scare and a new job - quite frankly I'd be really grateful if the remainder of 2013 could be ... well ... blissfully uneventful! But will leave that for another post.

Oh my! Where has 2012 gone? To think this time last year we were packing the bags to spend Christmas with my little bro in Hong Kong. I love Hong Kong. There is something intriguing about this city. It’s got this east meets west vibe with surprises down every street - hidden temples, bustling markets, quaint parks or chic cafés. The smells are divine and the shopping is fabulous. Restaurants, bars and nightlife rival that of anywhere in the world. I love that you can by a Smirnoff Black at the 7-11 (found on just about every corner) and the bamboo scaffolding is insane! And I didn’t expect Hong Kong to be such a creative city. It has such a strong design community and is fast establishing itself as a design and creative hub of Asia. So as a fellow creative type person, I’m in good company over there.

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