The Ultimate Photography Expedition

The TRUE NORTH is the perfect platform for expedition photographers regardless of skill level – the perfect platform for those just starting out and for those who have already attained intermediate and advanced skills. The ship is also a very attractive option for professional and specialist photographers who seek exclusive access.

The TRUE NORTH Advantage

The TRUE NORTH was purpose built as an adventure platform and is designed to access remote wilderness areas via coastal waters and river systems.

Our activity based itineraries allow guests to visit a wide variety of locations within a condensed timeframe thereby avoiding long periods of downtime that might otherwise be associated with access via land and air.

On-board facility and resources enables:

  • Underwater photography, featuring convenient site entry via the TRUE NORTH’s dedicated adventure boats.
  • Terrestrial photography featuring otherwise remote and difficult to access locations.
  • Aerial photography utilising the on-board helicopter and drone.
  • Experienced guidance and active management of prevailing conditions.
  • Interpretation of natural history via the biologist and naturalists.

The Adventure Exponents

Many leading (and emerging) photographers and videographers have travelled abroad the TRUE NORTH to remote areas in Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and, secured imagery that might have otherwise been difficult or even impossible to obtain.

Some travel with family who equally cherish access to some of the world's most extraordinary wilderness whilst at the same time reveling in the TRUE NORTH's on-board comfort and style.

Photographers and videographers who have sailed with TRUE NORTH include Ken Duncan, Darren Jew, Art Wolfe, Christian Fletcher, Michael Reichman, Nick Rains, Mark Stothard and Michael Fletcher. Here are some examples of their work:

Phase One Digital Artists Workshop

Through the Lens: Michael Fletcher

Through the Lens: Mark Stothard


Itinerary Options

Every itinerary on the TRUE NORTH is an opportunity for the expedition photographer. Review our itinerary Map for other location ideas in Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.


By sharing knowledge with professional photographers from all over the world, this Guide aims to inform expedition photographers about the latest in gear and techniques relevant to this rapidly emerging form of photography. Read more ...

Ship’s photographer Oli Oldroyd reports “I took this image of a big saltwater crocodile, with a seriously mean glint in his eye, on the Roe River, a remote area of the Kimberley in Australia’s north-west.” Read more ...

My role on-board True North is guide and ship’s photographer. When we are involved in diving ops, I am also the dive coordinator. I take guests on all sorts of activities including sightseeing, fishing, snorkelling and diving. If there are any guests on-board with an interest in photography or video, it’s my job to help-out as much as I can. I let them know about specific photographic opportunities that are coming up and help them to understand how they can get the best shots. Read more ...

Mark Stothard is a ship builder and proud half owner of TRUE NORTH. In this interview Mark talks about how he came to be involved with TRUE NORTH, his passion for expedition photography and the equipment he uses on his expeditions. He also shares some of his favourite images from his travels on the TRUE NORTH. Read more ...