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Cave diver, shipwreck explorer, sea life photographer and recently retired dentist Mark Spencer has been widely recognised for his ‘Outstanding contribution, commitment & success in underwater photography and in cave & wreck exploration’ as one award citation put it. 

In 1997 Mark was elected an International Fellow of the New York-based Explorers Club, around the time he led the first of two expeditions to Turkey to confirm the wreck of a WWI Australian submarine, the AE2. It rested 72 m down in the Dardanelles, sunk on the day of the Gallipoli landings. He was involved in planning the third Australian expedition to the wreck in 200.  He began taking underwater pictures in 1978 and since then his work has been published in major journals including National Geographic and BBC Wildlife Magazine.  He was Australian Geographic’s Best Photographer in 2002.

Choose from 644 pictures in our Mark Spencer collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping. We are proud to offer this selection in partnership with Auscape Photo Library.


Windmill with Milky Way galaxy Featured Mark Spencer Image

Windmill with Milky Way galaxy

The windmill at Litchfield Tourist Park in the Northern Territory with the Milky Way behind it. Star stacking procedure using 14 seperate sky images (F2.8 at 15 secs using Sequator program). Sky photos at ISO 6400. Seperate photo of windmill (ISO 1600 for 30 secs). The two images composited

© Mark Spencer

Astronomy, Band, Barred Spiral, Composition, Computer Manipulated, Constellations, Country Sky, Digital, Enormity, Galactic, Galaxy, Immensity, Milky Way, Night Sky, Space, Starry, Stars, Time Lapse

Female saltwater crocodile with damaged ribcage Featured Mark Spencer Image

Female saltwater crocodile with damaged ribcage

"Lumpy" with inflated lung (inspiration), causing bulge on right side. Lumpy was hit by a motor boat which tore open her thoracic cavity, allowing the lung (presumably with its pleural lining) to protrude. In this photo, the lung is deflated with expiration, with the chest wall indented. The saltwater crocodile - this one a female alongside the Adelaide River in Litchfield National Park, NT, Australia - is a crocodilian native to saltwater habitats and brackish wetlands from India's east coast across Southeast Asia and the Sundaic region to northern Australia and Micronesia. It has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 1996. Wikipedia
Lifespan: 70 years (Adult)
Scientific name: Crocodylus porosus
Speed: 24 - 29 km/h (In The Water, In Short Bursts)
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Crocodylidae

© Mark Spencer

Bullanock (Xanthorrhoea australis) in mist, New South Wales, Australia Featured Mark Spencer Image

Bullanock (Xanthorrhoea australis) in mist, New South Wales, Australia

Bullanock (Xanthorrhoea australis) on a misty October morning. The plant is a perennial, some estimated to be 350 to 400 years old. Its range is eastern Australia including Tasmania and South Australia. Indigenous Australians soaked the flowering spikes in water for a sweet drink. The soft white leaf bases were eaten as well as the growing point of the stem. The flower spike exudes a resin that was used as an adhesive in making tools. Stems were used for the lower portion of a spear and also as a base for a drill to start a fire. Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia

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