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Ari Rex 




​Ari Rex is an international award-winning photographer based in Canberra. He is regarded as a leading professional in his field. 

​Born in Vlore, on the south coast of Albania, Ari's interest in photography started when he was a little boy. His father had an old Zorki camera and Ari was fascinated by it. Since then, his passion for photography has continued to grow and expand.

During the last decade Ari's unique work was been noticed and recognized nationally and internationally. His latest achievement are,  The 2020 Nature Photographer of the Year and 1st Place Gold Award in Professional Astrophotography 2019 at the prestigious IPA International Photography Awards.

In 2020 Ari represented Team Australia – 2020 World Photography Cup Winning Team  and  in 2021 Ari won the 1st place at the APPA Australian Professional Photography Awards SLA in "Manmade” category.

Ari holds an Advanced Diploma of Photography from CIT Canberra. He is fluent in Italian, Albanian and English


​Ari is an adventurer, driven by perfection. His love and talent for photography has enabled him to work in many genres. A selection of Ari's clients include; Cathay Pacific, Foxtel, Canon Australia, National Archives of Australia, BP, Hudson, Macquarie University NSW, Tourism Australia, Visit Canberra, Telstra and Geocon.

​For Ari, there is nothing as magical as when the camera captures the full splendour of the Milky Way arching over the horizon. It is a skill he loves to share through specialist courses for those keen to perfect their own experience of capturing the stars.

“I appreciate the often unseen beauty of everyday life, and I strive to capture that in every picture. I want my audience to feel a connection to my photographs through the story that they are trying to tell.”

​"Only at night, we realise that we are part of something much bigger. At night you see the stars, the Milky Way, nebulae and galaxies that are thousands of light-years away; and that makes you see everything in perspective. This is also what feeds me physically and spiritually when I go out at night to photograph the stars."


2021 1st Place Gold Award - Australian Professional Photography Awards SLA "Manmade" Category

2021 3rd Place Astrophotography, Professional Category, International Photography Awards 

2021 Finalist, HeadOn Photo Awards, Landscape

2021 "The Annual" Capture Magazine, Landscape

2021 Represented Team Australia – 2020 World Photography Cup Winning Team 

2021 Bronze Award - International Pano Awards

2021 Semi Finalist  SLA "Shades of Grey" Australian Professional Photography Awards

2021 Highly Commended, Editor's pick & 2022 Calendar, David Malin Awards 2021

2021 X3 Honourable Mention IPA International Photo Awards

2021 Jury Top 5 Selection IPA International Photo Awards  

2020 Winner "Nature Photographer of the Year" International Photography Awards 

2020 Ist Place Gold Award "Seasons" Professional Category - International Photography Awards 

2020 X5 Honourable Mention IPA International Photo Awards

2020 "The Annual" Capture Magazine, Landscape

2020 Jury Top 5 Selection IPA International Photo Awards

2020 2nd Place Australian Professional Photography Awards SLA "Celebrations" 

2020 Finalist, Documentary, Australian Photography Awards

2020 X2 Bronze Medals, International Pano Awards

2020 Semi Finalist, Australian Professional Photography Awards SLA, "Journeys"

2020 Finalist  AIPP Silver Lining Awards , "Isolated"

2020  X2 Semi Finalist  AIPP Silver Lining Awards , "Celebration"

2020 Semi Finalist  AIPP Silver Lining Awards , "Goods And Services"

2020 X3 Honourable Mention, The Mono Awards 

2020 Semi Finalist HeadOn Photo Awards, Landscape 

2019 1St Place Gold Award  Astrophotography, IPA International Photography Awards 

2019 Australasia Top Emerging Landscape Photographer 

2019 Finalist, AIPP ACT Commercial Photographer of the Year

2019 Finalist, HeadOn Photo Awards Landscape 

2019 X2 Bronze Medals, Pano Awards

2019 Silver with Distinction Award, Landscape APPA. AIPP

2019 Silver with Distinction Award, Commercial APPA. AIPP

2019 Silver Award, Landscape APPA. AIPP

2019 Top 20  Award, The Mono Awards 

2019 Finalist APPA ACT Commercial Photographer of the Year

2019 X8 Silver Awards AIPP Epson State ACT 

2019 "The Annual" Capture Magazine, Landscape

2019 Top  Selection at the Mono Awards 

2019 APA Honourable Mention, Landscape 

2018 X4 Honourable Mention International Photo Awards

2018 Highly Commended Australia's Top Emerging Photographer

2017 Finalist, Sunstudios 2017 Emerging Photographer

2017 Silver Award, AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards

2017 "The Annual" Capture Magazine

2017 X2 Silver Awards EPSON NSW/ACT

2016 CIT, High Court of Australia, Canon Australia Prize 

2016 Silver Award, AIPP APPA

2016 UN/CIT Prize for  Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 

2016 Honourable Mention IPA International Photo Awards

2016 "The Annual" Capture Magazine

2015 Silver Award EPSON NSW/ACT Australian Professional Photography Awards


                     News & Interviews

2022 CNN A2 Albanian TV Live interview 

2021 Nature Photographer Of The Year Interview with IPA

2021 Radio interview with ABC radio Canberra

2021 The story behind the winning image "Manmade" AIPP

2021 Interview on SBS Radio. Albanian, English

2021 Live Interview, WakeUp Show Top Channel

2020 Canberra Times, featured interview

2020 Interview, Diaspora Shqiptare

2020 This Is Canberra "Lightning Strikes Gold...

2020 The Albanian Times Interview

2020 Live interview, ORA TV Albania 

2020 Live Interview, ABC TV Albania 

2020 Live interview, ORA TV Albania

2020 Interview, Caters UK

2020 Astrophotography interview ZSH Albania

2020 "Interstellar" Exhibition, HeadOn Photo Festival 

2019 Parliament of NSW Sydney Head On

2019 Solo exhibition 2019 Heritage Festival " Space" 

2018 Best Photograph, Canon Australia 

2018 Solo exhibition at Namadgi Visitor Centre 

2016 Australian Photography Magazine Dieng Man





Selected Clients, Media Publications & Featured In

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