Ari Rex 





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

Ari was awarded Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 and 1st Place in Astrophotography (2019) at the prestigious IPA International Photography Awards.

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 kept growing and expanding. 

Ari is driven by perfection. His broad technical knowledge has allowed him to work in many fields of photography including portrait, wedding, event and commercial photography. Ari loves photographing people, he also continues his lifelong pursuit in landscape, macro and astrophotography, many of these works can be seen in his social media account links above.

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.

Ari holds an Advanced Diploma of Photography from CIT, Canberra.

He is also an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). 

Ari is fluent in Albanian, Italian and English.


“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."

Some of the Awards

2020       IPA Winner "Nature Photographer of the Year"

2020       2nd Place , AIPP Silver Lining Awards  "Celebrations"

2020       Finalist, Documentary, Australian Photography Awards

2020       Bronze Medal, International Pano Awards

2020       Finalist, AIPP Silver Lining Awards , "Celebration"

2020       Finalist  AIPP Silver Lining Awards , "Isolation"

2020       Semi Finalist HeadOn Photo Awards, Landscape 

2019       1st Place  Astrophotography, IPA International Photo Awards 

2019       Australasia Top Emerging  Landscape Photographer 

2019       Finalist, AIPP ACT Commercial Photographer of the Year

2019       Finalist, HeadOn Photo Awards Landscape 

2019       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       Finalist AIPP ACT Commercial Photographer of the Year

2019       Silver Award AIPP  Epson ACT 

2019       APA Honourable Mention, Landscape 

2018       Honorable Mention International Photo Awards

2018       Highly Commended Australia's Top Emerging Photographer

2017       Finalist, Sunstudios 2017 Emerging Photographer

2017       Silver Award, AIPP APPA

2017       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       Honorable MentionIPA International Photo Awards

2015       Silver Award EPSON NSW/ACT AIPP


Some Exhibitions, Interviews, Accolades

*   2021   Live Interview on WakeUp Show Top Channel

*   2020  Representing Australia at World Photographic Cup WPC

*   2020  "The Annual "  Capture Magazine, Landscape

*   2020  Canberra Times Interview about the international winning prize

*   2020  Interview with Diaspora Shqiptare

*   2020  November Live Interview at ORA TV Albania 

*   2020  Live Interview at ABC TV Albania 

*   2020  Storm Chasing Interview UK Mail+

*   2020  July Live interview at ORA TV Albania

*   2020  Bolide explosion Interview Caters UK

*   2020  Astrophotography interview ZSH Albania

*   2020  "Interstellar" Exhibition, HeadOn Photo Festival 

*   2019  "The Annual" Capture Magazine, Landscape.

*   2019   Parliament of NSW Sydney Head On

*   2019   Solo exhibition as part of 2019 Heritage Festival " Space" 

*   2018   Best Photograph, Canon Australia 

*   2018   Solo exhibition at Namadgi Visitor Centre 

*   2017   "The Annual" Capture Magazine

*   2016   "The Annual" Capture Magazine

Published & Mentions


Forbes, BBC, Dpreview, Best Photography, Professional Photo, Capture Magazine, Virgin Australia, Canon Australia, The Age, Sunday Telegraph, The Age:, Canberra Times, ABC News Australia, Australian Photography, SMH, Daily Telegraph, UK Mail, Daily Motion,, Aflo,,, ISSUU



Australian Tourism, Virgin Australia Airlines, Telstra, Canon Australia, Cathay Pacific, Hudson, BP, National Museum of Australia, National Archives of Australia, CBM, Foxtel, Macquarie University, Australia Parliament House Australia, Visit Canberra, ACT Parks and Conservation Services, GeoconWestfield and more..