New Zealand photographer Andy Belcher enjoying various outdoor activities. Mount Ngaruhoe, National Park and Hampton Downs race circuit.
• Nikon D3 Ambassador
• Sandisk Extreme Pro Photographer
• PADI Open Water Dive Instructor
• Photo-Expedition Leader
• Specialist Caving Photographer
• Accomplished Guest Speaker
• Touring Motorcyclist
• Targa Rally Driver
• Samoa Tsunami Survivor
Andy Belcher is a multi-award-winning Tauranga photographer who gained an international reputation for his innovative techniques used to capture underwater, extreme sports and adventure images.
While much of Andy’s work in the past has come from International sources he still loves the challenge of photographing local events, businesses, people and products, putting the same driving creativity into more commercial applications.
Andy has won more than 100 international photographic awards including: Australasian Underwater Photographer of the Year (twice), first place in the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and third overall in the Nikon Photo Contest International which received 34,000 entries.
With photography now fully into the digital age, much of Andy’s “office work” involves digital enhancement of images and creating art from photography. The creation and sales of both canvas and digital prints have brought a new aspect to his business along with his one-day Digital Photography Workshops which cater for all skill levels and provide an easy balance of practical and theory. Andy is also escorting photo expeditions including swimming with humpback whales in Tonga.
His combination of enthusiasm, a lively power point presentation, travel anecdotes and plenty of photographic advice has placed him in demand as a guest speaker for local, national and international groups with engagements taking him as far afield as Sicily and France. Andy is happy to talk about some of his lucky escapes while on photo shoots. These include nearly being drowned by a crazy dugong, almost lost at sea in the Solomon Islands and a very close shave with a tsunami wave in Samoa in Sept 2009.
Andy’s business is located at his home in Maketu where he spends many evenings perched at the edge of his cliff-top garden photographing the place he loves most. It is a long way from his previous life in a metal pressing business in Birmingham, England!