Animal Rescue through Photography

The Influential Photographers

Alex Cearns OAM

Houndstooth Studio, WA

Dogs Today Magazine UK called Alex Cearns “One of our greatest dog photographers in the world”. Photographer Alex Cearns OAM crafts exquisite animal portraits that convey the intrinsic joy people find in animals. As Creative Director of Perth based Houndstooth Studio, she photographs around 1300 animals per year. Her clients include engaged pet lovers, leading corporate brands and around 40 Australian and international animal charities and conservation organisations. Her images have been published extensively in worldwide media, books, magazines and ad campaigns and several of her photo series have gone viral, with a 1 minute collaboration with 60 Second Docs one reaching 9 million views. An undisputed leader in her niche, Alex is the recipient of more than 350 awards for her photography, business and philanthropy, including being named the International Professional Pet Photographer of the Year and Best Canine Photographer in Australia twice. She is a Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and an Ambassador for Tamron, Profoto, BenQ, Studio Ninja, Ilford Imaging Australia, and Spider Camera Holster.

Deeply committed to the wellbeing of all creatures great and small, Alex is considered one of Australia’s most passionate champions and voices for animal rescue and wildlife conservation. Her advocacy and philanthropy were distinguished with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) from the Council for the Order of Australia for her service to the community through charitable organisations. Her influence among animal lovers, photographers and the pet industry includes a strong following on social media, with over 174,000 followers and she is regularly featured on radio and television.


Belinda Richards

Frog Dog Studios, VIC

Named as the Pet/Animal photographer of the year by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers in August 2019, Belinda Richards has quickly proved that pet photography is more than just photos of cute dogs. As the founder and Creative Director of Frog Dog Studios Belinda has quickly become known for capturing animals’ unique expressions, poses and personality. Her sense of humour, subtle social conscious and mastery of Photoshop is seen throughout her digital composite works which aim to make simple statements on modern society through the personification of animals.


Jo Howell

Jo Howell Photography, VIC

With over 20 years of photographic experience, Jo Howell is the owner of JHP Studio, a multi award winning portrait studio that specialises in photographing pets and their people. Jo’s lifelong love of animals, wild places and photography, has taken her across the globe. These experiences, along with a love of light and a quirky sense of humour combine to create a fun, vibrant and refreshingly natural look to her images.


Jo Lyons

Jo Lyons Photography, NSW

For animal lover Jo Lyons, it wasn’t until 2011 that she got serious about following her passion of photographing animals. She earned her stripes at the frontline, by using her skills at pounds to produce emotive images that would generate the second chance every shelter pet deserves. Armed with this sense of purpose, Jo left behind the corporate world and city life, and relocated with her family to a serene farm in the beautiful Wootton Valley in the Great Lakes Region of NSW where Jo offers a destination pet photography experience.


Peter Sharp

Tame and Wild Studio, NSW

Bursting with a bubbly personality, Peter enriches the lives of those he meets, by capturing the unique personality and stories of a plethora of pets and animals, and sharing them in a very special way. After receiving his first camera from his grandfather at age 13, he pursued photography full time, honing his skills into working with animals and wildlife. This award winning photographer and author continues to work closely with a number of not-for-profit organisations, while also operating his photography business, Tame & Wild Studio.


Ruth O’Leary

Ruthless Photos, NSW

Ruth from Ruthless Photos is a specialist pet photographer that has been creating beautiful images for both private and commercial clients for over a decade. These commissions enable her to volunteer a large proportion of her time to animal rescue charities, working pro-bono to create professional images of animals in foster care or shelters to help them find forever homes. She also produces and sells books, calendars and diaries that raise funds to help those organisations. Helping dogs in need is where her pet photography journey started and using her talent for good is still the driving force behind Ruthless Photos.


Redscope Films

Media Production, NSW

For over 6 years, we’ve delivered high-end photography and videography to the world’s best loved and most recognised brands. From riding waves to hanging out of helicopters, we do what it takes to get your brand attention.  If you’re looking for a team of creatives, collaborators and content makers – it’s Redscope.             

Diana Leventhal

K9 Photography, QLD

Diana has a magical way with animals, because she understands them. That is what compelled her to open K9 photography, in Australia’s sunny Gold Coast. Her eye for fine art, and warm personality translates through her imagery of both animals and owners alike, making each shoot unique for everyone involved.