Antarctica - 2014

Tomorrow, on the 16th of December, I set sail to Antarctica aboard the M/Y Steve Irwin to protect the whales of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

For the next few months we'll be sailing around the Southern Ocean with the objective of finding the illegal Japanese Whaling Fleet and shutting them down before they can kill a single whale.

This will be my second trip down South, after last years success where our 4 vessels were able to save the lives of 932 whales, and we're hoping for a zero-kill year this time around.

To keep up to date with the campaign, go to

Otherwise, speak to you next year.


The crew of the M/Y Steve Irwin prior to departure to Antarctica - December 2013.

New Zealand - September 2013

Just got back from a great trip to New Zealand, spending time at the beach up North, and then walking around Lake Waikaremoana with Mum on a 4 day hike.

Plenty of spaces for nice photos, so here's a few. 

Kimberley 2013 Photos

I've uploaded a bunch of photos that I took of the remarkable Kimberley coastline that I spent some time at a couple of weeks back. 

It really is an amazing place. The landscapes, beaches, and wildlife all take my breath away.

Click here to see the photos.  Enjoy.

Learning to stand in the Kimberley

My first visit to James Price Point was last year, in August of 2012. I sailed there as a photographer aboard the Sea Shepherd vessel, the Steve Irwin. We were heading West to raise awareness about the worlds largest Humpback Whale nursery, which was under threat of destruction because the Western Australian government and an Australian gas company called Woodside wanted to rip the land up, build a gas hub, as well as a big port that would tear straight into the waters that thousands of whales come to each year to give birth and rear their young before heading South in the summer to Antarctica in order to fatten up.

Prior to setting sail, the 'Save the Kimberley' campaign seemed like a lot of those complex, out of reach environmental fights that I had heard about and kept my distance from for years. A fight so big and entangled with government and industry that a victory for those on the side of the land and life seemed pretty unlikely. Not unlike many environmental battles, I suppose.

We spent a week in those waters, and over that week we met with and had discussion with many of the locals from that area, and a lot of the aboriginal people of the land, the Goolarabooloo and the Jabbir Jabbir. All of them had such a strong sense of respect and pride in that area of Earth - something that I hadn't really come across before. With much of my developing years spent in Melbourne, I hadn't really ever met anyone fighting for any specific area of sidewalk or toll-way. Here, no one wanted this development to go ahead.

Seeing the wilderness and beauty of that un-industrialized area really left an impact on me. It taught me that the wilderness does not belong to any one person, and therefore, no one can make decisions about what happens to it. It is definitely not anyone's right to claim ownership of it and use it for their own financial gain and in doing so, destroying ecosystems and communities. We talked a lot about the fact that there are few very truly wild places left on Earth, and no matter what way you look at it, it's important to keep it wild. Even for economic reasons. 

Visiting again in 2013, what I've taken away is an immense amount of pride in the local people who stood up for the first times in their lives and said 'no' to the government and the police who tried their best to take that area of land from them. My mother recently took part in a protest against the testing of party pills on animals in New Zealand - her first stand against rule. In her; and in the people of Broome and the wider Kimberley region, I feel so encouraged. Encouraged that it's not just the likely suspects who acknowledge that sometimes some screwed up things happen and you need to stand up and let your voice be heard. That you need to do what you can to prevent something that is wrong from happening. 

In the end it's not going to be any one individual that prevents a government or corporation moving in and destroying a species or an area of land, but each individual plays an essential role. 'You' become part of the collective voice of opposition, and if there is no voice against industrialization, then it becomes very easy for these people to do what they want, where they want.

Standing on the shores of James Price Point, sitting in a boat next to a newborn Humpback Whale and it's mother, sharing stories with the locals about their fight, I thought to myself 'Imagine if these people did nothing - imagine if there was no opposition. All of this would be gone'. It was a simple thought, but a terrifying one, and it's a lesson that I think applies to everyone who cares about our environment and the animals we share it with. If we don't stand up against these people who view nature as an investment, then of course it's going to be taken from us all.

Today, James Price Point stands free from development. As long as that region represents financial gain, it will be under threat, but the community there has learnt that together, they can win. 


The red cliffs of James Price Point - right where the gas hub would have sat.

The moon sits above the cliffs of James Price Point.

A new born Humpback whale calf with its mother off the Broome coast, which is home to the worlds largest whale nursery.

Free from harm

I've had a busy few days in Broome, photographing & filming locals and activists around the James Price Point & Walmadan area, & this morning I sailed out into the worlds largest Humpback Whale Nursery, where we were able to find a new born Humpback whale calf & its mother, swimming free and without the (immediate) threat of their whole world being destroyed. 


Back to Broome

 Heading back to Broome and Walmadan to film a follow-up to last years Sea Shepherd documentary, 'Operation Kimberley Miinimbi'. 

Honestly one of the coolest places I've been, very much looking forward to being back in the waves and on the red dirt. 






Will and Lilia

Recently I went for a journey with Will and Lilia to the Otways, in Victoria. Will needed to see some Kangaroos and Koalas, and out we went to find them.

Pablo's farm

A weekend visit to Pablo's farm for some friends and crew. No electricity, no toilet - a nice shed in the woods and fire to keep us warm.

Thanks Pablo. 

Brian meets Hansel

Last weekend a few of us hijacked Brian and took him to the wonderful Edgars Mission Farm Sanctuary in Melbourne. Eva had donated to take care of Hansel earlier this year on behalf of Brian, and we felt it was time for him to meet his friend face to face. 

To find out more about Edgars Mission, visit

Sailing for Eliza

Eliza is about to embark on a fresh new adventure overseas, and seeing as she won't be around for her birthday, myself and some friends took her sailing as a surprise.

Here's a few photos from our cruise around Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Australia.

Thanks Graham.

Underwater Photography

I wanted to get into underwater photography for quite a long time. Towards the the end of 2010 I was asked by a friend what my New Years resolution was, and I said that I aimed to have some good housing for my camera by the end of 2011. My friend thought I had pretty low expectations, but that was my goal, and I achieved it!

Since then I've been lucky enough to take my gear below the seas of the Galapagos Islands, the Kimberley in Western Australia, and a bunch of places in New Zealand - including my favourite dive spot, the Poor Knights Marine Reserve.

Even though I've had quite a few shoots under the sea now, it's still such a different and difficult operation compared to shooting on land. Everything is different. The light, the distances, the subjects. You really do learn something new each dive, and I'm looking forward to getting better.

In the meantime, you can find a few of my attempts here. My favourite diving experience was definitely in the Galapagos in 2011. I was headed out to Kicker Rock, from San Cristobal, and as there were a few new divers, we needed to stop by a small island so that the newbies could get used to breathing underwater. I jumped in for a swim without my camera, but quickly headed back to the boat and grabbed it as there were a few Galapagos sea lions that were in a playful mood. It was such a cool experience to have a wild animal engage with you so directly, and this is why (so far) seals and sea lions are my favorite underwater companion.

Hello and welcome

Welcome to my new website (me = Tim Watters)

I'm a Melbourne based photographer currently living aboard the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's vessel, the Steve Irwin, where I'm working as one half of their media productions team.

This website provides me with an opportunity to keep those who are interested up to date with what I'm up to, as well as serving as a platform for me to share my work that I've completed both for myself and for various animal rights and environmental groups. 

I hope that something on this site appeals to you or sparks something, and if so, please feel free to get in touch with me at

Hopefully I'll be able to share with you a sense of some of the amazing experiences that I've had in the last few years, as well as taking you along with any future expeditions and adventures. 

Thanks - Tim.