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Dave Watts

December 8, 2020 | Contributor

Welcome Aboard Dave Watts!

We are delighted to welcome Dave Watts to the Kape Images Image Library as a new contributing photographer.

Following a lifelong interest in natural history, Dave Watts has established himself as one of Australia’s leading wildlife photographers. A committed conservationist, Dave had a variety of jobs in Tasmania ranging from apple picking and deckhand on a fishing boat to Conservation Officer with the Tasmanian Conservation Trust and Ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The opportunities offered by the Tasmanian environment caused Dave to take the plunge and set out as a professional wildlife photographer.

Dave is the author of eleven books including ‘Australia’s Spectacular Wildlife’ and a ‘Field Guide to Tasmanian Birds’. His first book ‘Tasmanian Mammals, a Field Guide’ has now sold over 20,000 copies and is now available as a revised edition. Dave’s photos have appeared on a wide range of products including greetings and postcards, calendars, diaries, Tee-shirts and frequently in advertising. Dave Watts has been honored by Australia Post using several of his wildlife images on postage stamps and First Day Covers. Recently 2 of Dave’s rock wallaby images have been used by the Australian Mint as a basis for the design of 2 solid silver 1oz coins. Journals and magazines featuring Dave’s work include National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Geo (Germany), Geo (Australia), Australian Geographic, Airone and Nature Australia.

Dave’s emotional connection to wild animals and wild areas comes across clearly in his photography. You can view Dave’s wonderful images on his photographer’s bio page.