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Whales Alive Exhibition

Byron knows Olive Andrews as the ‘whale lady’, a research director for a conservation organisation called Whales Alive. She has put together an exhibition of donated images from well known photographers in support of Whales Alive whale research program in the Pacific at the Top Shop in Byron Bay this Friday (26th Aug). The Exhibitors will be John D’Errey, Damian Watts, Craig Parry, Daniel Burns, Brent Womersley, Nharyan Feldman and Olive.

In 1994 when Olive was 18, she organised the Whale Mayday Festival which saw 2000 people forming a body sculpture of a whale on main beach campaigning for a Southern Ocean Sanctuary for whales. She then traveled with local film maker David Bradbury to the International Whaling Commission Conference in Mexico, where they staged a sister event of 6000 people and the Sanctuary was agreed by the Commission. As you can read, Olive is a very passionate woman.

She was also involved in the development and operation of the Byron Bay Whale Centre for several years up at the lighthouse. During her time as a guide there she gave whale education talks to thousands of school kids and locals.

Through these experiences, Olive found a passion for photography through wanting to show people the whales world, and it has grown into a tool that now supports whale research by sale of her images. Last year 4 of her images were made into a special edition stamp issue by NZ Post for the island of Niue.

The Photography Exhibition on Friday 26th August showcases some of the images Olive has been privileged to snap while in the field in Palau, Antarctica, PNG, and Hervey Bay, whilst exhibiting some of my favourite local photographers work. Sale of all the prints directly supports whale research.

If you cannot make the event on Friday, show your aupport – www.whalesalive.org.au