About Us

Founded in 2003 as SLR Image Library, and changed to its current name in 2012 to reflect the changing face of image capturing devices, Kape Images is a 100% Australian owned, family business, with Peter Rowland as its principal.

Although born in Australia in the late 1960s, Peter Rowland spent the majority of his childhood in the woodlands and coastal regions in the south of England. It was here that he developed his great love for wildlife in general, but his main passion was for birds. When Peter was around 8 or 9 he constructed a bird hide in his back garden and would sit for hours watching the birds, and occasional squirrel, that came to the feeders he had placed nearby, and photographing them with his instamatic camera.

Peter moved with his parents back to Australia in 1982, and in 1983 did work experience in the bird department at the Australian Museum in Sydney. He continued to work as a volunteer there during school and university holidays and ended up working for the bird, reptile, mammal and terrestrial ecology departments, when commercial funding was available, for a period spanning 20 years.

Peter is a wildlife conservationist, educator and nature photographer, and has travelled extensively as a biodiversity consultant, studying and photographing wildlife along the way. He started the image library as an adjunct to his research on Australia’s wildlife, and for use in the many wildlife books that he has written on birds, reptiles, mammals and frogs, but has more recently expanded the library to provide a resource for other authors and media designers to access the growing number of high quality images taken by specialist field researchers and other wildlife professionals.

The goal was to allow each contributing photographer to set the price that they feel that their material is worth, rather than having a one price fits all service. In this way, the customer is able to find the best image available at a competitive price.

Kape Images current has over 30,000 images available, with this number growing on a daily basis. If you cannot find the image you are looking for on this site, please contact us and we will try and source what you are looking for, or commission one to be taken for your project.