All images © Nick Moir
Last Day On Earth
Moir’s passion is capturing the dramatic environmental phenomena of Australia, from its ragged lightning and dust storms and blackening bushfires to the devastating effects of climate change.
Born in 1975, he lives in Sydney and works for The Sydney Morning Herald. "I grew up mainly in Sydney’s Blue Mountains, where storms and bushfires are a regular feature. And that had a big impact on me. Plus, my father’s an editorial cartoonist, so art and journalism was always a feature of my life growing up. But, as far as going into storms and bushfires, growing up in the blue mountains had a big impact. My passion is capturing the dramatic environmental phenomena of Australia, from its ragged lightning and dust storms and blackening bushfires to the devastating effects of climate change. Day to day I’m doing news, politics, crime, and anything else but really my main love is to get out to witness storms and fires when they’re at their most ferocious or most amazing. For me the most exciting part is that you might be the only person who photographs a storm. Some of these storms may only live for a couple of hours and they won’t exist anymore.
Photographing them at their most exciting and organised is really awe-inspiring. It makes you feel very small, but it’s also quite an achievement to get into the right position and the right time to witness them when they’re at their best. In Australia, you can be so remote that sometime there may be very few people who actually see a storm."
He received a World Press Photo award for coverage of the destructive 2002-03 bushfire season and Australian Press Photographer of the Year in 2002 for a series on Sydney’s severe weather. Moir recently completed his photo essay, Last Day on Earth, a look at the massive storms of America’s Tornado Alley. In 2009 he was named International Environmental Photographer of the Year in the Changing Climates category, an annual prize of the University of Westminster, for his image Microburst and Dust Storm.