‘Connecting Communities through Outdoors, Photography & Video’

A camera is a portal for me to tell the story of others! A film is a portal for telling stories. The click of my camera is the full stop, capturing moments that can never be repeated.

As a practitioner of Reportage Photography, my aim is to capture the essence of stories and the vibrant atmosphere of events through powerful imagery.

With decades of experience, as a seasoned professional photographer deeply rooted in the outdoors, my mission is to cultivate a spirit of collaborative interdependence within communities. Through my roles as a Guide, Instructor, Coach, and Mentor, I am dedicated to sharing the allure of the natural world.

Operating under the banner of ‘Adventure Lens NZ,’ my business not only underscores my dedication to adventure but also preserves the original identity of ‘Andy Thompson Photography NZ.’

Since embarking on my journey as an outdoor professional in 1988, I’ve traversed diverse locales, spanning from New Zealand to global destinations like Antarctica, Australia, India, Africa, Canada, Scotland, and Norway.

My photographic voyage commenced in the late 1980s, documenting commercial rafting adventures. Pioneering a unique approach, I navigated river trips from a kayak, braving challenging rapids solo to capture the perfect shot.

Evolution has been constant in my craft, transitioning from traditional print and slide mediums to the dynamic realm of digital photography, which I find both invigorating and captivating.

Beyond capturing unconventional landscapes, I thrive on harmonising with diverse groups of individuals, even amidst harsh environmental conditions. This adaptability enables me to create captivating images regardless of the setting.

While my photographic pursuits have taken me to the farthest reaches of the earth, none of it would be possible without the unwavering support of my loving wife, Jo. Her patience and understanding during our shared walks, amidst my photographic endeavors, are invaluable.

Additionally, I am blessed with two beautiful daughters and three grandchildren, whom I miss dearly every day.

In essence, my journey as a professional photographer and outdoors enthusiast has been one of continuous growth and discovery. The convergence of technical expertise, adaptability, and the steadfast support of loved ones has shaped my narrative, empowering me to create evocative imagery and inspire others to explore, connect, and appreciate the world around us.

Andy Thompson Director, Adventure Lens NZ & Andy Thompson Photography NZ

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