Whale Spotter

The Whale Spotter website has been created to provide the general public with information about whale species,
conservation, whale watching and science across Oceania.

Whale Spotter is totally independent! It is not affiliated nor alined with any organisation, tour operator, NGO or Government.
(On occasion David Jenkins may act as an expert guide or educator for third parties)

If your interested in seeing regular updates and photos please see the website blog or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.
Whale Spotter Facebook Page
Instagram @whale_spotter

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”

The Polar Bear Clause

“Most of us would probably have difficulty recalling the statistics that flowed so 
persuasively throughout Al Gore’s elegant film, An Inconvenient Truth.

The drowning polar bear was another matter!

The bear was the film’s saddest sight and the thought of the North Pole’s most powerful creature struggling to span
the ever-increasing distances between Arctic ice floes was eloquent proof of photography’s ability
to carry an argument across another of nature’s great expanses.I’m talking about the gap that exists between the brain and its even more influential partner, the human heart.

Al’s flow charts made you think about global warming
but it took the bear to make you feel the heat of the argument.”

“The 11th Hour” Movie
Movie Review by Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald, October 8th, 2007



David Jenkins “Images That Change the World!”

David Jenkins vision is to create ‘Images that Change the World’ and that show ‘Reflections of the Spirit’!

Today with the crisis of climate change, over population and the continued rapid degradation of the Earth David believes even more passionately
in the power of great images to talk to people’s hearts and affect change.

He is therefore looking for opportunities to work alongside scientists, educators and environmentalists to help illustrate
their discoveries, making them easier for people to understand and appreciate.



David Jenkins CV

Over the past twenty four years David has run the successful photographic business – Nomad Photography. It has been an exciting and varied experience covering various photographic assignments including Extreme Sport, Travel / Adventure, Portraiture, Reportage, Dance, News, Sports Team Photographer, TV Film Unit Photographer (Documentaries) and Wilderness / Environmental.

David’s clients include the City Of Sydney (as official photographer to Sydney’s Lord Mayor since 1996), the NSW Ministry for the Arts (as official photographer to the NSW Premier), NSW Rural Fire Service, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children as well as many commercial and private clients.

A strong believer in the power of photography not only to change people’s minds but people’s hearts David has undertaken environmentally themed work on many of the environmental challenges facing mankind and our planet. This has recently led to wonderful collaborations with the Manly Environment Centre (MEC) and Macquarie Universities Marine Mammal Research Group.

Whale Watching and Scientific Studies

2006 IFAW Humpback Icon Project
In 2006 David along with the Manly Environment Centre organised the official launch of the IFAW Humpback Icon Project. The Humpback Icon Project enables local communities to adopt and name a Humpback whale as a way of showing their concern for these beautiful animals.

2007 – 2010 Humpback Migration Study
Over three years David volunteered in support of Megan Kessler (Macquarie Universities Marine Mammal Research Group) Phd study on the impacts of whale watching boats on the Humpbacks whales migrating past Sydney.

Duties included:

  • Land and Boat Based Whale Watching
  • Data Entry
  • Volunteer Training and Supervision
  • Public Education

2011 Whale Watching Guide
Over the 2011 whale watching season David acted as an expert guide for whale watching tours operating out of Sydney.

Duties included:

  • Boat Based Whale Watching
  • Expert Commentary
  • Whale Photography
  • Public Education

2012 Whale Spotter
Launched in March 2012 the Whale Spotter website has provided many opportunities for David to share his love for whales.

Activities included:

  • Boat and Land Based Whale Watching
  • Whale Photography
  • Education through public talks, presentations and workshops
  • Assisting in Scientific Surveys
  • Attending Eco Festivals

2016 One Ocean Expeditions 
David was invited to accompany One Ocean Expeditions once a year Marine Mammal Cruise to the Antarctic Peninsular as their whale guide and expeditions photographer in March 2016. 

Duties included:

  • Whale Watching
  • Whale Photography
  • Whale and photography education through talks, presentations and workshops
  • Assisting the passengers with their photography

2017 Minke Whale Project
David was able to assist the Minke Whale Project with photographs and observations during his trip to the Ribbon Reefs on the Great Barrier Reef with Mike Ball Expeditions during July 2017.

Activities included:

  • Whale Watching
  • Whale Photography
  • Assisting in Scientific Surveys



Photographic Awards, Publications and Exhibitions

Head On Portrait Prize – Top Two Hundred Portraits Finalist 2013.
The EPSON International Pano Awards 2011, two Silver and five Bronze Awards.

The “Long Reef “ image ranked 14th in the world.
Winner of North Sydney Council “Seniors Moments” Photography Competition 2009
Finalist in Manly Environment Centres “Eco Awards” 2009, 2010 and 2011
Short Listed Hasselblad Masters 2002 and 2003

Books Published
“This Is Me!” Portraits of Life by David Jenkins, Published in 2010

Solo Exhibitions
“This Is Me!” Portraits Of Life 2004 Artichoke Gallery Manly and Surry Hills, Sydney.

Group Exhibitions / Displays
Directory of The Art Sanctuary Gallery 2005 to Present

“Whale Dreamers” 2013 to Present – Whale Dreamers Festival
“Ocean Care Day”
2007 to Present – Manly Environment Centre
“Manly Food and Wine Festival – Eco Hub” 2010 to 2016 – Manly Environment Centre
“Top Two Hundred Short List Portraits 2013” – Head On Portrait Prize – NSW State Library
“Vintography Exhibition” – Chatswood Concourse 2012

Northern Expressions Group Show – NSW Parliament House 2011
“The Beauty of Biodiversity” 2010 – Manly Environment Centre
“Lagoon Life” 2009 – Manly Environment Centre
“Seniors Moments” 2009 – North Sydney Council
“The Nature of Manly” 2008-09 – Manly Art Gallery & Museum
“Forces of Nature” 2007 – Manly Environment Centre
“Mosman 2088” 2005 & 2006 – Mosman Art Gallery
“The Day the Sky Turned Black!” 2004-05 – Canberra Museum & Art Gallery
“My Manly” 2005 – Manly Council
Hasselblad Masters 2002 & 2003

Photography Collections / Achieves
City Of Sydney Council
NSW State Government – NSW Ministry of the Arts
North Sydney Council – Stanton Library
Manly Council – Manly Art Gallery and Museum

Work Published in Magazines
Better Photography (photos and stories)
Inside Sport
Pro Photo
Australian Camera (photos and stories)
Photography International
Scuba Diver Magazine
The Australian Way – Qantas inflight magazine
Panorama – Ansett inflight magazine
Jet Action News and Trick (photos and stories)

Work Published in Newspapers
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sun Herald
The Sunday Telegraph
The Australian Magazine
Manly Daily
Mosman Daily
Peninsular Living

Supporters, Sponsors and Partnerships 

Over the past thirty years it has been a pleasure and honour to work with many fantastic people, companies and organisations whose support, encouragement and generosity have made the work of Whale Spotter and Nomad Photography possible.

These have included: Nikon Australia, Canon Australia, Mainline Photographics (Sirui Tripods and Heliopan Filters), Dive 2000 (Nauticam Underwater Housings), CR Kennedy’s (Hasselblad and Sigma), Maxwells (Lowepro and Tamron), One Ocean Expeditions, The Manly Environment Centre.