Speechless | Great Bear Rainforest

Posted on October 21, 2017

Speechless | Great Bear Rainforest

A new Speechless episode from Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest featuring encounters with Spirit Bears, known to the local Gitga’at First Nation at Moksgm’ol (the Ghost Bear).

Read the full photo story here


Video by Richard Sidey
Produced by Galaxiid

National Geographic feature Wild Antarctica

Posted on October 13, 2017

National Geographic feature Wild Antarctica

National Geographic Magazine have included Wild Antarctica in their Short Film Showcase.

The magazine also released a revised edit for social media:

Wild Antarctica was filmed by Richard Sidey and Aliscia Young with Galaxiid in 2017. See the full film here.

Wild Antarctica

Posted on May 20, 2017

Wild Antarctica

Presenting the fragile wilderness of Antarctica.

‘Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.’ – Albert Einstein.

Wild Antarctica was filmed and produced in 4K by New Zealand cinematographers Aliscia Young and Richard Sidey during several short expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula in early 2017. A special UAV permit was obtained to capture the aerial perspectives.

Wild Antarctica is the fifth film in Galaxiid’s Wild Destination video series, and also the second to feature original music from Inga Liljeström.

Awarded ‘Best Music & Nature Film’ – 2017 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival



From the ‘Wild Destination’ video series by Galaxiid. See our other videos in this series:
Wild Alaska
Wild Galapagos
Wild Kimberley
Wilds of the South Pacific

Cinematography & Editing:
Aliscia Young and Richard Sidey

Inga Liljeström

Produced by Galaxiid | Immersive Experiences: Explore. Uplift. Reconnect.
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Baining Fire Dance

Posted on April 10, 2017

The Baining Fire Dance


A cultural spectacle in the Baining Mountains of East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

The origin of these firedance ceremonies was to celebrate the birth of new children; the commencement of harvests and also a way of remembering the dead. The Baining firedance is also a rite of passage for initiating young men into adulthood. The fire dance is a men-only event and traditionally the Baining women and children neither partake nor watch.

The Baining people’s artworks are usually produced for limited uses only. The masks are laboriously made from bark cloth, bamboo and leaves and used just once for the firedance ceremony before being thrown away or destroyed.

Cinematography – Richard Sidey | richardsidey.com
Sound Recording – Patrick Nason | patricknason.com

Produced by Galaxiid, on assignment with EYOS Expeditions

@ 2017 Galaxiid Limited. All Rights Reserved.

The Sights and Sounds of an Active Volcano

Posted on March 30, 2017

Mount Yasur, Tanna Island

The sights and sounds of the active volcano, Mount Yasur erupting on Tanna Island in Vanuatu.


Sound ON for this one, as sound recordist Patrick recorded something incredible… can you hear the heartbeat of the mountain?

Cinematography by Richard Sidey
Sound Recording by Patrick Nason
On assignment with EYOS Expeditions

Produced by Galaxiid
© 2017 Galaxiid Limited

Spirit Penguin

Posted on February 17, 2017

Spirit Penguin

One of the rarest and most beautiful penguins of all! A mesmerising encounter with a ‘Spirit Penguin’ in Antarctica this week.

This is a Gentoo Penguin with leucism, a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation resulting in white feathers, but not the eyes. Within Gentoo populations it has been documented that around 1 in 20,000 will be leucistic.

© 2017 Richard Sidey / Galaxiid

Spirit Penguin

Spirit Penguin

The Drake Passage

Posted on January 15, 2017

The Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage between Cape Horn and Antarctica – known as one of the wildest and most fearsome ocean crossings

On this particular crossing in December 2016 our seas were an average 5-6m and the winds up to 70 knots, which meant plenty of albatross to observe skimming the waves, which in these conditions is an absolute masterclass in flight.


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Penguins in Paradise

Posted on January 15, 2017

Penguins in Paradise

It’s summer in Antarctica and the shoreline around the Gentoo penguin colony at Waterboat Point in Paradise Bay is busy with the coming and goings of their residents.

Enjoy a short video below featuring a bellyflop or two, and also 360˚ video experience from a perfect summer’s day in Antarctica – on assignment with Galaxiid.




New Zealand Geographic – Cover Shot!

Posted on November 2, 2016

New Zealand Geographic – Cover Shot!

Only a few days after winning the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 – Aerial category, ‘Black Pearl Farm – Manihiki‘ is now gracing the covers of the November/December issue of New Zealand Geographic magazine! The image was taken using a drone above Manihiki Atoll in the Cook Islands, of a pearl farm built on top a near symetrical coral bommie. My intention was to photograph the farm in the form of a pearl itself. It’s an honour and a thrill to have my work featured on the cover of this prestigious magazine.

New Zealand Geographic magazine

New Zealand Geographic – Issue 142 – Nov/Dec 2016

New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016

Posted on October 28, 2016


Black Pearl Farm

Black Pearl Farm – Manihiki, Cook Islands


Last night Black Pearl Farm won the DJI Aerial Category at the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 awards in Auckland.