Steve Irwin's Son Is a Teenager Now and Following in His Dad's Footsteps—with a Twist
Robert Irwin was only two years old when his father, famous conservationist Steve Irwin, died. Inspired by his dad, who always took a camera wherever he went, Robert has become quite the accomplished photographer by the young age of 13.
Irwin grew up right in the middle of the 100-acre Australia Zoo. He not only captures stunning photos of the animals who call it home, but he also takes his camera with him when traveling internationally to document what he finds. He spoke to the Huffington Post: “I love exploring our amazing natural spaces all around the world and this has allowed for some great photo opportunities." He added, “It is so important to inspire people, especially kids, to love our natural world and be passionate about protecting it for future generations. I believe that photography is a great way to achieve that."
One recent photo has garnered a lot of attention and landed Irwin on the shortlist for the prestigious Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the year. According to the article, "Robert [said] the snakes are not easily found and that it took weeks to track down the python on his family’s conservation property, the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve. When his team finally did find it, they set up a studio flash and photographed the snake for about an hour, until Robert got 'the perfect shot of the snake looking directly at the camera with his tongue out.'"
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. 🌏
Irwin believes strongly that nature photography is incredibly important to spread the message of wildlife conservation. Pictures such as his share the beauty of the natural world with everyone around the globe. You can see more of Robert's breathtaking photos below and on his Instagram account.
#WorldRhinoDay 🦏This is a photograph I took @olpejeta conservancy of the last male Northern White Rhino left on the planet. The rapid decrease of rhino numbers worldwide is mostly a result of poaching for their horn. It is so important that we work to protect these iconic creatures for future generations. #olpejetaconservancy #rhino #canonaustralia
I photographed this incredible praying mantis at the #SteveIrwinWildlifeReserve 🍃These beautiful insects are incredibly accurate predators. A macro photo is the best way to appreciate their formidable front legs that they use to catch prey. If you want to see more of my photography check out my website in the link in my bio! #canonaustralia #thisisqueensland #prayingmantis