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Exposure Pro is a brand new series looking at the work of Australia's leading professional and artistic photographers.

Simon Carter

(Credit: Simon Carter)

Name: Simon Carter

Speciality: outdoors, landscape, rock climbing

Biography: Simon's passion for photography began as a teenager during high school. He is also a rock climber with 25 years of experience. After studying at TAFE and working at the Australian National University creating scientific images, Simon obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education at La Trobe University in 1990.

Combining his love for rock climbing and photography in 1994, Simon created Onsight Photography. Onsight allows Simon to work as a professional freelance photographer while travelling across Australia and the world.

Simon is the author of Rock Climbing in Australia and World Climbing: Images from the Edge.

Awards

Simon was awarded the King Albert Medal of Merit (2000) for "achievements in the mountain world"; the Rick White Memorial Medal (2009) for "outstanding achievement and contribution to Australian climbing"; the Society of Publishers in Asia award for Best Feature Photography (2000); Spinach Film Festival award for Best Action Photography (2005); and World Climbing: Images from the Edge was awarded Best Book — Mountain Image at the Banff Mountain Book Festival (2006).

Artist's statement
A good photograph is one that captures some emotion or says something special. It's not enough for it to be just technically good. For me the aim is to capture both the climbing action and the landscape into the one image without compromising either.
Simon Carter

More of Simon's work can be viewed on his website, www.onsight.com.au.

Overlooking the Grose Valley at Pierces Pass, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
On Taipan Wall in The Grampians, Victoria, Australia.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
On Taipan Wall in The Grampians, Victoria, Australia.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Nathan is attempting "The Lost World" in The Grampians, Victoria, Australia.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
"The Totem Pole", an incredible 65-metre dolerite column at Cape Hauy, Tasmania, Australia.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Climbing Mount Brown on the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
Caption by / Photo by © 2009 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Steve is on top of "Pole Dancer", located at the end of Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
Caption by / Photo by © 2008 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Cedar climbs "Notes From The Underground" at Taft Point with El Capitan in the background, Yosemite, CA, USA.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Jason reaches across "Gutbuster" on Mt Charleston, near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Chris Donharl prepares the abseil from "The Cobra" in the Fisher Towers, near Moab, Utah, USA.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Jason is climbing solo on "Tweety" on Cat Wall, Indian Creek, Utah, USA.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
John gives it his all on the extremely awkward off-width crack at "Belly Full of Bad Berries" in Indian Creek, Utah, USA.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Greg leads pitch two of "Excommunication", his major new route on The Priest, Castle Valley, near Moab, Utah, USA.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
On "Le Denti" in Goudes, Les Calanques, France.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Scaling Louise Falls in the Rocky Mountains, Canada.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
On "Typhoon" in Crystal Cave, Telendos Island near Kalymnos, Greece.
Caption by / Photo by © 2009 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Evan is on Priapos, Grande Grotta, Kalymnos, Greece.
Caption by / Photo by © 2009 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Dave Russell and Rico Miledi on Delagokante, the classic South West Arête of the Delago Tower, The Vajolet Towers, Rosengarten, in the Dolomites, Italy.

Priapos, Grande Grotta, Kalymnos, Greece.

Caption by / Photo by © 2008 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Monique is attempting "Nine Deep, One Shallow" on Banyan Tree Crag, near Yangshuo, China.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
Toni is on Tsaranoro Be, Tsaranoro in Madagascar.
Caption by / Photo by © 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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