Ari Rex is an international award-winning photographer based in Canberra. He is regarded as a leading professional in his field.
Ari won the 2021 AIPP Silver Lining Awards "Manmade" category. Last year he was also awarded Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 and in 2019 winner of the 1st Place in Astrophotography 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."
2020 Bronze Medal, International Pano Awards
2019 Bronze Medals, Pano Awards
2019 Silver with Distinction Award, Landscape APPA. AIPP
2019 Silver Award, Landscape APPA. AIPP
2019 Silver Award AIPP Epson ACT
2019 APA Honourable Mention, Landscape
2018 Highly Commended Australia's Top Emerging Photographer
2017 Silver Award, AIPP APPA
2017 Silver Awards EPSON NSW/ACT
2016 CIT, High Court of Australia, Canon Australia Prize
2016 UN/CIT Prize for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
2015 Silver Award EPSON NSW/ACT AIPP
Exhibitions, Interviews, Accolades
* 2020 Interview, UK Mail+
* 2020 Interview, Caters UK
* 2019 "The Annual" Capture Magazine, Landscape.
* 2019 Solo exhibition as part of 2019 Heritage Festival " Space"
* 2018 Solo exhibition at Namadgi Visitor Centre
Forbes, BBC, Dpreview, Best Photography, Australian Tourism, Professional Photo, Capture Magazine, Virgin Australia (onboard magazine), Canon Australia, Top Channel, Ora Tv, The Age, Sunday Telegraph, Traveller.com.au, Canberra Times, ABC News Australia, Australian Photography, SMH, Daily Telegraph, UK Mail, Daily Motion, Gazzetta.it, Aflo, Libero.it, Informazzione.it, 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, Geocon, Westfield and more..