Yakel Village, Tanna Island

Today’s the day that the movie Tanna – shot entirely in Yakel village on Tanna Island, Vanuatu –  takes out the academy award for best foreign film (hopefully, he adds).

I was just listening to the radio and was so excited, I wanted to rush back and quickly write this post. The movie’s Ni-Vanuatu co-star plans to attend the ceremony in little more than a grass penis sheath and a feather is his hair “This is my Kustom, I am proud of it,” he said.

Well, we’re all proud of you – all of you – and I look forward to seeing that gold logie sitting in your nakamal the next time I’m there.

Co-incidently, I was doing a tourism shoot in Yakel Village when the movie was being shot and met the producer and his family who were building the makeshift accommodation they planned to live in for the next three months while they shot the movie. You can see more photos of the village – and our friendly hosts – by clicking the photo above.


Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling the library out into each the destinations featured. Press releases are being sent out, a major direct mail campaign is underway to just about everyone we’ve ever dealt with, and – importantly – we’ve begun our program to expand the library to become the largest On-line commercial photo library ever created on the South Pacific (no mean feat, he says).


CLICK on the picture above to take you to our new Photo Library

Library Features: 

  • Thousands of magazine quality photographs ready for immediate downloading.
  • Fully automated system (browse, click, buy and download).
  • Average Price $50 -$200 a photo (depending on size), with  more than 95% of our images Royalty Free.
  • A 50% discount for local tourism operators through our Tourism Industry Assistance Scheme.
  • Package deals for media, publishers and travel agents.
  • Quality Guarantee.

Special Launch Promotion: We’re launching the library with a “Buy-One-Get-Five” Promotion. As you will read in the introduction to our library, the average price of a Royalty Free Image is between AUD$50 and AUD$200. However, if you jump in before our launch promotion expires on March 1, 2017, operators looking to update their web sites will pay just AUD$25 for five photos (click below for details).

Click above to read more about our Five-for-One Launch Promotion.

Tourism Industry Assistance Scheme (T.I.A.S): We’ve also begun working with tourism authorities throughout the South Pacific to involve them in our Tourism Industry Assistance Scheme which will see a range of benefits extended to elevate the profile of their destinations including access to the library for promotional purposes and a 50% discount to local tourism operators on an on-going basis.

A special package providing virtually free access to the library will also be extended to small operators who qualify for special assistance through their tourism authority.

Click above to read more about our Tourism Industry Assistance Scheme

Media Deals: And, of course, we’ll be looking to do package deals with media, publishers and travel wholesalers to access a parcel of images.

Click above if you want to contact us about buying a parcel of images.

So, click on the following link www.davidkirklandphotography.com to have a look around our new library.

It’s just the beginning and, well, you never know – one day, you just might need quick access to a high quality photograph of the South Pacific (or the other countries in our library).

Next Project: My assignment cycle begins this week on the tiny South Pacific island of Niue. I’m looking forward to it.

Some time on a hot Brisbane Sunday last year – in between the gardening and looking for excuses to get out of it – I wandered into the office and surfed the net to discover the world’s richest photography competition- the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photographic competition (HIPA for short). It was calling for entries.

No big deal I discovered; just a matter of sending in a pic and a few details over the internet that related to the theme “Challenge” and I could be in the running for the AUD$25,000 first prize.

So, I trawled through the archives and sent in this picture (below) thinking little more of it – until today when I received this message: “Your photograph has qualified for the final stages of the judging.

Now I may well be a long way from that first-class ticket to Cuba but, given the entries it would have attracted worldwide, I’m feeling pretty happy to have come this far – particularly as it’s the first international competition I’ve entered.

I’ll keep you posted…..hopefully from Havannah.

“The contender”

After a short break, we’re back for 2017 and preparing for what is shaping up to be a particularly busy year.

It’s our own fault, we’re changing our business model and building an on-line commercial photo library to meet the growing needs of the tourism industry throughout the South Pacific.

We’ll be launching it in the next few weeks.

It’ll never work,” we’ve been warned. “The big stock libraries are swallowing up the competition and supplying images at rates we just can’t compete with.” Colleagues are saying the market for stock photography is plummeting – “a 75% drop in sales this year alone,” said an associate in the northern hemisphere who’s uploaded about 20,000 photographs to one of the big international libraries. “And, of all the places in the world, do you really think there’s enough of a market in photos of the South Pacific?

Well, I think there is, and I’m prepared to back the idea.

For a “sneak peek” at our new photo library, click the pic above

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With budgets being considered towards the end of the financial year, we’re offering a special package to resort and hotel properties looking to update their promotional photo libraries in 2017.

For AUD$7,000, plus expenses (a 50% savings on his standard charge), David will spend seven days photographing your property to deliver an exceptional range of promotional images – provided your booking is made before June 30, 2017 for the later half of the year.

A part contra-arrangement may also be considered to reduce your costs, depending on the country, as we are looking to expand our new commercial photo library (www.davidkirklandphotography.com). As part of this special package, commissioning properties will also receive priviledged access to our on-line photo library, including the new images captured of their destination.

As you can see by clicking on the short preview below, David specialises in all aspects of hotel and resort photography – activities, staff hospitality, food, relaxing, public spaces and rooms, underwater acticities and – most recently – drone photography. His work has been concentrated in the Asia Pacific region, though, of late, his assignments have taken him to the African continent and the Middle East.

This package is only offered once a year – and it’s popular. If you require more details, please contact David directly at david@kirklandphotos.com