Bio

Professional photojournalist and expedition leader Inger Vandyke is a freelance contributor to a variety of publications including the journals of the Asian, Australian, Ocean and Royal Geographic societies.

Active in expedition work since she was 23 years old, she has participated in various projects in South America, Antarctica, Arctic, Australia, New Zealand and Easter Island. She is an accomplished natural history and southern ocean guide and a leader of her own expeditions, including the highly successful Western Tibet Expedition which took place in September 2013. Shortly after she returned from that expedition, she was made a member of the Explorer’s Club for her work in documenting the vanishing cultures of Tibet and in 2016 she will return there to lead another expedition in the eastern provinces of Kham and Amdo.

In 2012 she was the first female professional photographer to work on Heard Island, a remote Australian Antarctic Territory in the southern Indian Ocean, an expedition that led her to become a member of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) Club.

Inger is one of the longest standing female board members on a conservation non-government organisation in Australia, the Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association (SOSSA).

After a relationship with the Himalayas that has spanned more than two decades, she is also heavily involved with a women’s literacy program in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal called Beyond the Smile.

She has worked in the cloud forests of central America looking for rare species of Hummingbirds and in the isolated Antarctic Territories of Maquarie, Auckland and Campbell Islands covering island conservation projects. Her work with polar bears has taken her to Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic and the frozen expanses of Hudson Bay in Canada.

In 2015 she led a strenuous yet successful expedition to a remote region of Ladakh to successfully photograph Snow Leopards in the wild.  During 2015 she will be leading her own expedition to Namibia and Botswana, scuba diving in Cuba, leading two photography workshops in Bosque Del Apache and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, before finally heading to Argentina to work in Antarctica and Tierra Del Fuego.

In 2016, she will be leading expeditions in India, China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Tibet, Chad and Mali.