Showcase 2018 Winner Profile – Jodi Frediani

Mammals Judges’ Choice: Suspended – Humpback Mother & Calf-Showcase 2018 © Jodi Frediani

Bio: Jodi Frediani is a Monterey Bay based award-winning photographer specializing in marine species, though her travels have taken her to Brazil, Argentina, Antarctica, Thailand, Africa, Norway, and to the Caribbean and South Pacific, where she regularly swims with whales.

Her images have been recognized for excellence in multiple national and international competitions and juried exhibits, including the 2017 CalAcademy of Sciences BigPicture Competition and the 28th Edition of the Memorial Maria Louisa International Photo Contest. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international publications, and has been featured by the BBC and National Geographic.

 

Photographer:  Jodi Frediani

Winning Image:  Suspended

 

Related to your winning Showcase image:

How did you get the image?

The photo was taken on the calving grounds of the South Pacific humpback whales off Vava’u, Tonga, where we snorkeled with this resting mother and calf.

What was special about this opportunity you had to capture the image?

I had been swimming with humpbacks off the Dominican Republic for sixteen seasons by the time I decided to check out the whales in Tonga. This mother and calf were so peacefully suspended in deep water with a background tapestry of sunrays that a mood of sweet timelessness was created.

 

What equipment and camera settings were you using to capture the image?

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 20.0 mm focal length, f 8, 1/250, Auto ISO, Aquatica Housing

 

Related to your nature photography:

How long have you been photographing and what, in particular, got you into nature photography?

My father gave me my first Brownie box camera when I was twelve. However, I didn’t start to do serious nature photography until 2009 after swimming with and photographing humpback whales under water for several years. But, I have always loved animals, wild places, the oceans, travel, and photography.

 

Describe your nature photography experience level and current status. 

I began photographing African wildlife 20 years ago, but since 2009 have seriously focused on marine species. My work has appeared on BBC, in NatGeo and elsewhere, and I won my category in the 2017 CalAcademy BigPicture Competition, and was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the 28MML International Photo Contest.

 

How should people follow you or see more of your work?

My older work can be seen on my website, which will get a complete overhaul this year: www.jodifrediani.com.

My newer work can be seen on my Facebook page: Jodi Frediani.

My NANPA Portfolio is:  http://www.nanpa.org/portfolio/jodi-frediani/