For two weeks from 24th December 2013 the ship Akademik Shokalskiy
was trapped in thick ice in Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica, while operating an expedition for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014.
I was the doctor and photographer on that expedition and found myself at the center of what became a worldwide media story. I used satellite modem technology to upload images that were picked up by news agencies, magazines and online. Many of this series were published in News Dispatches by National Geographic online. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/pictures/131230-antarctica-trapped-ship-ice-boat-science/
The scientists and passengers were evacuated by a helicopter from a nearby Chinese icebreaker Xue Long
to the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis
on 2nd January. On 8th January Akademik Shokalskiy
was able to get clear of the ice by its own efforts.
The expedition's findings—and my photographs—aim to focus attention on the issues at hand in Antarctica with regard to climate issues and on the beauty of this incredible area. Much is still unknown about the frozen continent, partly because of its harsh conditions, and scientists are particularly interested in the impact of the changing climate there.
If you'd like to see this story told for children then please consider buying the children's book "Stay and the Snow Dragon" featuring my photos as illustrations which can be found using the link in the menu at the top of this page.