Whale Spotter

Whale Spotter is a ‘one stop shop’ providing anyone interested in whales, the ocean and our beautiful planet a place to discover the amazing world of whales. 

Working alongside scientists, conservationist, artists and educators Whale Spotter creates information about whale species, conservation, whale watching and science across Oceania.

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.” ~ Plutarch 

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

David’s professional photography career began in 1988, running the successful photographic business – Nomad Photography. Over this time David has covered a wide variety of subjects and assignments for many clients 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.

Saving the Planet One Photo at a Time

Climate Change, Global Warming and pollution are the greatest challenges mankind has ever faced!  

Through the power of photography David’s mission has become to show people the beauty of the Earth and all that we share it with in the hope that people will also fall in love with this little miracle of a place we call home. 

We will save what we love!

Whale Spotter

Sometimes things choose you!

When you love the ocean, animals and can’t help sharing these passions with anyone who’ll listen somethings are inevitable. 

Through wonderful collaborations with the Manly Environment Centre (MEC) and Macquarie Universities Marine Mammal Research Group David became involved in many whale related projects. 

Always fascinated to learn more David started to find that there was not one place where you could see an overview of everything to do with whales in Oceania. An educational website covering all this seemed the answer and Whale Spotter was born.

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
– Educational displays at festivals and events
– Assisting in Scientific Surveys

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 and photography education through talks, presentations and workshops

– Whale Watching
– Whale Photography
– 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 with Scientific Observation 

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 (Novoflex, Sirui Tripods and Heliopan Filters)
– Dive 2000 (Nauticam Underwater Housings)  – The Manly Environment Centre.