About Photographer:

Mark Gray is considered by many to be Australia’s new leading landscape photographer. With a growing list of over 100 International Awards, his work sells for up to $60,000 and is collected in 29 countries across the world. Mark's photographs have featured on prime-time television and are regularly published in books, magazines, newspapers, calendars and more.

Entry description: During early 2010 I commenced a four week road trip from my home town of Melbourne all the way to Cairns. I planned to organise a private helicopter charter during the trip to shoot the Great Barrier Reef however the charter was almost cancelled due to an unforeseen car breakdown and inclement weather. After waiting for almost a week, 3 days of calm weather were forecast so I booked a helicopter charter and prayed for perfect conditions. Well my prayers were certainly answered!

With much anticipation leading up to the flight, it was all over very quickly. Flying at 3000 feet hanging out of a helicopter without doors is certainly not for the faint hearted, but it sure was an experience that I will never forget! This was the very first shot that I captured once the helicopter took off.

After viewing this photograph it is obvious that the Great Barrier Reef must be viewed from above to be fully appreciated.