The Extreme Ice Survey

The Extreme Ice Survey
  • Svínafellsjökull Glacier - Colours Indonesia
    Svínafellsjökull Glacier
    An EIS team member provides scale in a massive landscape of crevasses on the Svínafellsjökull Glacier in Iceland.

EIS Founder & Director James Balog at Jøkulsårlon glacier, Iceland

James Balog

For 35 years, awardwinning photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: climate change. Founder of the Earth Vision Institute, Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey team feature in the Emmy-award-winning documentary Chasing Ice. He is the author of eight books, including ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016
  • Swarming Under the Stars by Imre - Colours Indonesia
    Swarming Under the Stars by Imre Potyó
    Imre was captivated by the chaotic swarming of mayflies on Hungary’s River Rába and dreamt of photographing the spectacle beneath a starlit sky. For a few days each year (at the end of July or beginning of August), vast numbers of the adult insects emerge from the Danube tributary, where they developed as larvae. On this occasion, the insects emerged just after sunset.

Founded in 1965, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) is an annual international competition, showcasing nature’s most extraordinary sights.
This year was the most competitive to date – attracting almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.
The entries have been curated into a finalists’ collection of 100 exceptional images forming the world-renowned exhibition currently on display at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the annual competition. The exhibition reveals the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and highlights our crucial role in protecting it.

Here are our favourite finalists from the collection.

Ketemu besan - Colours Indonesia

Visual Anthropology

Visual Anthropology
  • Pak Pono, the mask maker - Colours Indonesia
    Pak Pono, the mask maker
    Pak Pono is one of the last great carving masters of topeng mask art in Yogyakarta. He is also an expert choreographer and dance teacher, continuing the family tradition of his late grandfather, Empu Warnowaskito, who made masks for the last three Hamengkubuwono Kings of the Royal Palace (Keraton) of the Yogyakarta Sultanate. He is seen here in the role of the evil King Prabu Klono, archenemy of Prince Panji. Kasongan village, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta.


Diego Zapatero

Diego Zapatero lives in Yogyakarta, the cultural cradle of Java, Indonesia. At the age of 25, he migrated into photographic work from his background as a pianist and composer after a career in marketing administration. He was led progressively towards his passion for cultural exploration, at the same time pushed by a keen interest in Indonesian culture. In his work, he travels Southeast Asia to seek out the most genuine stories to substantiate his photo projects.

On The Periphery


On The Periphery
  • Santa Monica, California


Sinziana Velicescu

Sinziana Velicescu is a photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her photography explores human intervention in nature within landscapes that have undergone political, social, or environmental change. Her photographs have been shown in galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Hamburg, Melbourne, Tokyo and Rome. Most recently, Photo Boite named her one of their 30 UNDER 30 female photographers to watch in 2016.

Kalimantan - Colours Indonesia

Indonesian Cultural Dance

Indonesian Cultural Dance
  • Kecak Dance, Bali - Colours Indonesia
    Kecak Dance, Bali
    The Kecak, or fire dance, is always an amazing spectacle, but it’s a challenge to photograph, with a combination of low light, explosions of fire and fast action. I was very happy with this photo, as I was able to catch all of this, and especially the drama of the moment and the look of intensity on the man’s face. The boys in the background are not in focus as this could distract from the main subject, but they still remain visible. For this result, positioning was very important (not too close to the fire!), as well as taking many images with a fast shutter speed.


David Metcalf

David Metcalf is a resident of Bali and has been travelling, writing and photographing throughout Indonesia for the past decade. David has held several exhibitions in Jakarta and Bali since 2002. He opened Taksu Photo Gallery in Ubud, Bali, in 2015 and uses the power of photography to educate and encourage positive social change. David leads photography tours to Bali and Java, the USA, Myanmar, India and other destinations. He is involved in many projects in Kalimantan supporting Dayak culture and the environment.