Darren Jew has photographed the planet’s landscapes and wildlife from Antarctica to Zambia over his 30-year career–on mountain peaks, desert plains and beneath the Ocean’s surface.

After photography studies at the Queensland College of Art and work in darkrooms and commercial studios, Darren spent eight years as photographer for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, where his photographic skill found harmony with his profound love of nature.


Speaker Darren Jew Oztek 2017


The last two decades have seen Darren pursue his passion for capturing and sharing the natural world, producing sought-after nature, travel and scientific images both above and below the water; selling fine art prints; undertaking magazine commissions and; leading photo tours to the World’s great wildlife, landscape and marine destinations.

A certified SCUBA diver since age 14, his love for the ocean is expressed through his award-winning underwater images. Along with the many challenges peculiar to underwater photography, bringing the majesty of the undersea world to the surface and sharing its wonders with the broader community are the main things that drive Darren’s passion for photography.


Speaker Darren Jew Oztek 2017


Darren is the author of two books: “AUSTRALIA – reef, rainforest, red heart” and the Limited Edition title: Far&Wild SOUTH. His images regularly appear in many magazines and books, he exhibits around Australia and his work is used by conservation organisations world-wide. His client list is extensive and includes Australian Geographic; Sport Diver; National Geographic; CSIRO; Tourism Australia; Tourism Queensland; Greenpeace and WWF.


Speaker Darren Jew Oztek 2017


Darren is one of only 12 Australian photographers acknowledged as a Canon Master and featured in Series 1 of the Nat Geo/Netflix series ’Tales by Light’, that focuses on a select number of the world’s best photographers.


Speaker Darren Jew Oztek 2017


Darren’s unique vision has seen him named Canon/AIPP Australian Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013