It’s inspiring to see talented kids devoted to developing their talent. Since I love photography, I find it especially heartwarming to see the young ones who are passionate about it. Robert Irwin is one of these kids. The 13-year-old son of “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin is a devoted photographer, and despite his young age, his work is really good. While he also takes photos of landscapes and cities, you can probably guess that his main passion is wildlife.
Since he was a kid, Robert was fascinated with nature and wildlife. This probably isn’t surprising, considering that Steve Irwin is his dad and that his family owns Australia Zoo. While Robert is also involved in conservation initiatives like the rest of his family, he also turned his love for wildlife into photography.
So far, Robert’s work has been featured in many Australian photo galleries and news publications. He has won or been shortlisted in many photo competitions, such as Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of Year and Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. He is a regular contributor to the Australia Zoo Crikey magazine, and he has a gallery and photography retail range at Australia Zoo. Here’s some of his work:
So excited that my photograph is shortlisted in the @australiangeographic Nature Photographer of the year! 🐍 Really looking forward to the announcement of the winners tonight. It is such an honour to be shortlisted alongside so many incredible photographers from all over the country who are passionate about capturing the beauty of our natural world. 🌏
This is a beautiful two-lined dragon I photographed on the #SteveIrwinWildlifeReserve 🦎It is your last chance to book your spot on this year's expedition to the Reserve. You can find out more at australiazooexpeditions.com.au and if you want to see more of my photography head to my photography website at robertirwinphotos.com 🍃
Of course, there have been comments addressing the fact that he’s a son of a famous person. Kids like this usually have more opportunities than us mere mortals. However, I believe Robert’s work deserves attention regardless of his family background. He is still very young, and if he keeps developing his photography skills, I believe he’ll become known as “wildlife photographer Robert Irwin” without the “Steve Irwin’s son” part.
[via Reddit, image credits Robert Irwin]