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Inger Vandyke

Inger Vandyke lives in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, United Kingdom, with her partner Mark Beaman. Hailing originally from Australia, and of Anglo-Dutch ancestry, Inger was brought up on a trawler, fishing the Great Barrier Reef. Her early companions were terns, boobies, sharks and the occasional octopus, setting off a lifelong interest in seabirds and nature in general.

Nowadays she is a professional wildlife photojournalist and expedition leader. Inger has a long-established photographic career and has published her images and stories in over 30 publications worldwide. She is a freelance contributor to the Asian and Ocean Geographic journals and is also a Charter Member of Ocean Geographic. Inger is a long standing board member of the Southern Ocean Seabirds Study Association (SOSSA), which has organized the longest continual study of the Wandering Albatross at sea in the world.  In 2016 she was appointed as Guardian of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Key Bird Area with Birdlife International.

After a childhood of living at sea with her family, Inger has been a keen seabird watcher for most of her life.  She has worked on numerous island conservation programs that focussed on such su7bjects as seabird breeding ground protection, plastic ingestion and habitat rehabilitation. She has also worked on bird banding programs for Little Penguins, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Greater Crested Terns, Silver Gulls and Sooty Oystercatchers.

Her guiding and conservation work has led her to far flung destinations stretching from the Arctic to Antarctica, including remote islands like Heard Island, Christmas Island, Wrangel Island and Lord Howe Island.

During the course of her career, Inger has been involved in numerous other conservation programs, including sea turtle research, hammerhead shark expeditions and the preservation of Critically Endangered species such as the Orange-bellied Parrot and Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby.

She is a Charter Member of Ocean Geographic and her work has appeared in the journals of Australian Geographic, Wildlife Australia, Asian Geographic, Africa Geographic and the Royal Geographical Society.

She has led numerous wildlife photography and natural history tours, ranging from day trips to extended journeys that focus on wildlife photography in remote areas.  Her other passion, for the world’s last remote-area indigenous peoples, has led her to document the vanishing cultures of the Himalayas and Africa.

Inger is a skilled tutor and is always pleased to be able to help her group members learn new things and generally get more out of their photography, whether in the field or while using Lightroom or Photoshop. Her images speak for themselves. Take a look at ingervandyke.com

Tours Led by Inger

Polar

Europe & Surroundings

July 2021

SVALBARD (SPITSBERGEN): A POLAR WILDERNESS