Ari Rex 





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."

Some of the awards

2021        Winner of AIPP Silver Lining Awards "Manmade" category

2021        Team Australia Representative – World Photography Cup Winning Team

2020       IPA Winner "Nature Photographer of the Year"

2020       Winner of "Seasons" Professional Category - IPA

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

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



Exhibitions, Interviews, News

*   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  "The Annual" Capture Magazine, Landscape

*   2020  Canberra Times, featured interview

*   2020  Interview, Diaspora Shqiptare

*   2020  Live interview, ORA TV Albania 

*   2020  Live Interview, ABC TV Albania 

*   2020  Interview, UK Mail+

*   2020  Live interview, ORA TV Albania

*   2020  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

        Clients, Publications & Mentions