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 |
Sound Recording – Patrick Nason |

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.

The Colours of Autumn

Posted on May 2, 2016

The Colours of Autumn

A short video of our the spectacular autumnal colours this year around Lake Wanaka, the Clutha Mata-Au River, Albert Town and Arrowtown in Central Otago, New Zealand.

Aliscia Young & Richard Sidey

Produced by:
Galaxiid | Immersive Experiences through Visual Media

Wild Galápagos

Posted on April 29, 2016

Wild Galápagos

The Galápagos Islands are home to some of the most unusual creatures on earth, explored here in this 3-minute ambient destination video from Galaxiid.

See other videos in the ‘Wild Destinations’ series produced by Galaxiid here:

Photographed and Edited by Richard Sidey

Produced by Galaxiid – Immersive Experiences through Visual Media |

Wilds of the South Pacific

Posted on April 29, 2016

Wilds of the South Pacific

Take an ambient journey through Melanesia and Polynesia in this immersive video experience from Galaxiid.

Destinations include Western Papua, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago and Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia.

From the ‘Wild’ series by Galaxiid – See our other videos in this series

©2016 Galaxiid Limited | All Rights Reserved |

Richard Sidey |
Aliscia Young |

Full list of destinations:
Asmat Region, West Papua
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Tufi, Papua New Guinea
Baining Mountains, Papua New Guinea
Loh Island, Vanuatu
Tanna, Vanuatu
Manra Atoll, Kiribati
Suwarrow, Cook Islands
Manihiki, Cook Islands
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Motutunga, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
Ua Pou, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia