Steve Irwin’s 15-Year-Old Son Is Already a “Highly Commended” Photographer


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Every year, London's famed Natural History Museum hosts its annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Welcome to photographers “young, old, professional or amateur,” the contest showcases work by applicants from all walks of life. This year, this age-inclusive competition culminated in accolades for Robert Irwin, the teenage son of Steve Irwin, the late “Crocodile Hunter.”

Irwin's photograph, The Catch, has been selected as a “Highly Commended” photograph among the competition's “11-14 Years Old” category. Striking in color, composition, and subject matter, the piece shows a frog being consumed by a spider. It took Irwin several weeks to capture the shot, which is as awe-inspiring as it is rare.

“I spent a month visiting a remote swamp in northern Queensland to get this shot of a huntsman spider devouring a frog and was very excited that it is one of the only times this has been recorded,” he wrote on Instagram. Undoubtedly, this patience and perseverance were inspired by his father, who is known for his dedication to documenting his animal encounters. “He always carried his camera with him on his travels and photographed some spectacular wildlife,” Robert told My Modern Met.

Prior to the success of The Catch, Irwin had already accomplished a lot as a teenage photographer. Earlier this year, his work was honored by the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards. His photographs are also regularly published in Australian magazines and auctioned off for tens of thousands of dollars—all of which is donated toward conservation efforts.

To track Irwin's blossoming photography career, be sure to stop by his website.

See Robert Irwin's celebrated entry for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition below.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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