Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.

Matthew Bendt

Matt Bendt lives in Forresters Beach on the picturesque Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.After finishing High school in Sydney, he studied a BA at The University of Sydney and later studied psychology and sociology at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. He trained in photography at the Ultimo Technical College, Sydney during the late Seventies.

He has been taking photographs since the age of twelve and his first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 25 given to him by his parents. Over the years he has used Pentax and Canon equipment. For the past 25 years he has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses.

Matti B on Safari

Matti B taking a photo stainging on a rocky shoreline

In the early Eighties he followed in his father’s footsteps and he joined the NSW Police Force. He was transferred to duties at the Scientific Branch at the CIB, Sydney, in 1985 he became a professional forensic photographer in the Crime Scene Unit where he investigated serious crimes for nearly two decades. He is the recipient of the New South Wales Police medal for ethical service and good conduct.

Since then Matt has followed his childhood passion for wildlife, conservation, travel and photography, combining these passions to travel the world as a freelance natural history photographer.

He is a member of Nikon Professional Services and is a multiple award winner in local, national and international photography competitions. In 2017 he won the inaugural Central Coast Council Photographic Prize with his wildlife section image of Humpback whales in the Kingdom of Tonga.

He has exhibited his work in Sydney and the Central Coast. His images have been published in many print and television media outlets including Daily Bailey weather on Network Ten, Ten News Sydney, NBN news Central Coast and Newcastle, Sky Weather Channel, The Daily Telegraph, Central Coast Express Advocate and Newcastle Herald.

I support a number of Conservation NGO’s that directly help animal conservation on a local level in both Africa and Asia. Please check out their websites and consider helping them with donations.

Wildlife Conservation in Tsavo, Kenya. Tsavo Trust is an action orientated, field-based, Kenyan not-for-profit conservation organisation that works to give the wildlife and people of Tsavo the right to a future.

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This is a charity that saves orphan African elephants and raises them so they can be rehabilitated back into the wild. It is based in Kenya and people can adopt an orphan for a few dollars.

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Matti B holding a photography trophy 2016