Nick Rains

Nick Rains


Nick Rains has been a professional photographer for the past 28 years, ever since leaving the University of Wales, UK, with a degree in Zoology. In that time Nick has photographed most subjects from travel to industry, ordinary people to rock stars, nature to cities.

Nick's first major ‘style’ was sport, in particular, yachting. During the late Eighties he followed the yacht racing circuit around the world shooting such events at the Americas Cup, Whitbread Round the World, Admirals Cup etc. Nick also traveled extensively in Europe during this period, shooting travel images for a large German stock library.

In 1990 Nick moved to Australia permanently and became more involved with travel photography for publishers like Readers Digest, Random House, New Holland, etc, although he did shoot a lot of commercial work in Sydney for companies like Shell, BHP, Sydney Harbour Authority, Australian Tourism Commission, etc. 1998 saw a move to Brisbane in Queensland where Nick currently lives. Soon after this move Nick started shooting features for Australian Geographic magazine and won their Photographer of the Year award in 2002. He continues to shoot features for this magazine as well as Outback magazine and others - this style of work requires travel to interesting places and shooting a hugely varied list of subjects which could include portraits, macro, industrial and nature all in a short period of time.

Since 1997 Nick has published six books:

  • The Kimberley – Journey Through an Ancient Land
  • South Australia
  • Australia – A Sense of Place
  • Paradise – Southeast Queensland
  • Hidden Places
  • Australia – A Photographer’s Eye

This last title, now reprinted in a fully updated 2nd Edition, is a guide to photographing around Australia rather than the more traditional coffee table book. Nick chose 32 different places around the country and has provided maps and GPS references to all the best spots to shoot. This book has been Nick's most successful to date.

In 2006 Nick was recognized as a Master of Photography and became a National Judge in the annual AIPP Professional Print Awards. Nick still actively shoots assignments for magazines like Australian Geographic and particularly enjoys trips to South East Asia where he is working his way through the full list of countries – only Burma (Myanmar) to go now.

Nick Rains, Travel photographer of the year 2014

Most recent award

2014 saw Nick recognised as the Canon AIPP Travel Photographer Of The Year.

The Canon AIPP APPAs are the forefront of creative photography and, in essence, they reset the boundaries of expression through images," said Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) Executive Officer, Peter Myers.

Over the past few years, in addition to the magazine work and shooting schedule, Nick has moved into photography training and runs high-end intensive workshops around the country for intermediate and advanced photographers. Nick is a Leica Ambassador for M and S Systems and is now Principal Instructor at the recently launched Leica Akademie in Australia (

Teaching Style

Nick is a big believer in the notion that if you understand the whys, then the hows will fall into place. He loves to hear the sound of ‘pennies dropping’ when it is explained how some aspect of the camera should be used and the person suddenly gets it.

Those ‘aha’ moments are pure gold!

Modern digital cameras are a boon for photography tutors such as Nick. The instant feedback makes it so much easier to show how things should be done and the learning curve, while steep, can be quickly overcome. Correct exposure problems become a thing of the past when the camera’s feedback is interpreted properly and squeezing the last few drops of quality out of the camera becomes the goal.

Post production is a necessary skill these days. Nick has been using Adobe Photoshop since version 3 in 1996, and recently adopted Adobe Lightroom as the hub of his photography business and image collection. He is a self confessed Photoshop geek and likes nothing more than finding obscure but cool ways to sweeten the best images to make equally fine prints.

Representative images

Chandelao village, near Jodhpur, India Jama Masjid, Delhi, India Mongolian sky Tibetan lady at Shaman Festivals, Tongren, Qinghai, China Tibetan men at Shaman Festivals, Tongren, Qinghai, China

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