Shutterbug shares travel shots for charity

Victoria University student Philip Martins has produced a calendar of his travel photos to support children and young people living with cancer.

The Bachelor of Sport Science student is a true Renaissance man.

Whether boarding a plane to add to the 55 countries he’s visited since catching the travel bug some 15 years ago, learning alongside AFL sport scientists as part of his cadetship  with the Western Bulldogs, achieving near-perfect grades in his part-time studies, or working as a professional accountant for the National Australia Bank, the Newport resident juggles a busy schedule.

In the lead-up to Christmas, Philip is focusing on one of his most beloved ventures – producing a calendar of his travel photos with all profits donated to charity.

Since launching the project six years ago, Philip has raised more than $16,000 from his online calendar sales.

“Each year I try to have a theme and pick photos that have a special story or meaning,” he said.

The 2015 calendar, Shifting Sands, features 13 black-and-white and colour prints revealing life in Morocco’s Sahara desert.

Philip captured this year’s favourite shot – which depicts a lone person atop a 200-metre sand dune with the mountains of Algeria in the distance – after a lengthy four-wheel drive trip that started at the small oasis town of M’Hamid El Ghizlane.

“This area is so peaceful and exists in complete solitude so you can really appreciate what a magical part of the world it really is,” he said.

Philip will donate proceeds from this year’s calendar to Redkite, a national cancer charity that supports children and young people with cancer and their families.

The A3-size calendars can be ordered online for $40. Visit Philip’s website for more information.


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