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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.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Lynn Hill

On Taipan Wall in The Grampians, Victoria, Australia.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Justin Clarke

On Taipan Wall in The Grampians, Victoria, Australia.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Nathan Hoette

Nathan is attempting "The Lost World" in The Grampians, Victoria, Australia.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Roxanne Wells

"The Totem Pole", an incredible 65-metre dolerite column at Cape Hauy, Tasmania, Australia.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Garry Phillips

Climbing Mount Brown on the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2009 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Steve Moon

Steve is on top of "Pole Dancer", located at the end of Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2008 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Cedar Wright

Cedar climbs "Notes From The Underground" at Taft Point with El Capitan in the background, Yosemite, CA, USA.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Jason Campbell

Jason reaches across "Gutbuster" on Mt Charleston, near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Time to go home...

Chris Donharl prepares the abseil from "The Cobra" in the Fisher Towers, near Moab, Utah, USA.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Jason "Singer" Smith

Jason is climbing solo on "Tweety" on Cat Wall, Indian Creek, Utah, USA.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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John Varco

John gives it his all on the extremely awkward off-width crack at "Belly Full of Bad Berries" in Indian Creek, Utah, USA.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Greg Child

Greg leads pitch two of "Excommunication", his major new route on The Priest, Castle Valley, near Moab, Utah, USA.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Chloé Minoret

On "Le Denti" in Goudes, Les Calanques, France.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Abby Watkins

Scaling Louise Falls in the Rocky Mountains, Canada.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Olivier Michellod

On "Typhoon" in Crystal Cave, Telendos Island near Kalymnos, Greece.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2009 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Evan Stevens

Evan is on Priapos, Grande Grotta, Kalymnos, Greece.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2009 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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In comes the cloud...

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.

Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2008 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Monique Forestier

Monique is attempting "Nine Deep, One Shallow" on Banyan Tree Crag, near Yangshuo, China.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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Toni Lamprecht

Toni is on Tsaranoro Be, Tsaranoro in Madagascar.
Updated:Caption:Photo:© 2010 Simon Carter. Used with permission of Simon Carter/Onsight Photography. All rights reserved.
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