Dale Neill is the main organiser for the Fremantle International Portrait Prize – a charitable event which is a major competition in the country. All the money earned goes to the Arthritis Foundation of W.A.


Chief Steward: Dale Neill BA, Grad Dip Ed Tech, Cert Photog, Master Photographer AIPP
On behalf of the Organising Committee of the Fremantle International Portrait Prize
(FiPP is a charitable project of Freo Faces Inc.)

Chair: Professor Lawrie Beilin AO, Emeritus Professor of Medicine University of Western Australia

Administrator: Sandy Chaney, Photographer LAPS

Peter Ramshaw MCSE, Treasurer, Webmaster/, Marketing & Promotions

Exhibition Master: George Woodward B.Sc, ARPS, DPAGB

Exhibition Master: Ivor Metlitzky MSc. BSc(Eng) AAPS

AOWA Liaison Officer: Dr John Quintner MB, BS, MRCP, FFPMANZCA, Rheumatologist

Education Coordinator: Seng Mah BA(Hons), Dip Ed, APP AIPP

Social Media Manager: Amanda Kendle MEd BSc



Bob Poole

Whether it’s tracking lions, trailing wildebeests or rescuing a family of elephants, witness Emmy® award- winning filmmaker Bob Poole’s incredible and inspiring account on his fight to save and re-wild Africa’s lost Eden: Gorongosa, in a not to be missed Australian tour this August.

A childhood in East Africa gave Bob Poole a fierce curiosity about the natural world as well as an adventurous spirit. His passion for wildlife, adventure and photography shaped his career as an acclaimed cinematographer and presenter for over 25 years and a lifelong commitment to wildlife restoration.

In this unforgettable live talk, audiences will hear daring tales of elephant rescues, see extraordinary images of Gorgonsa’s majestic animals, and learn how the wild places we’ve broken can be put back together.

Bob will draw on his experience to reveal the rebirth of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, a jewel of Africa’s parks system until civil war almost destroyed it. There, he joined forces with rangers and scientists on perhaps the biggest conservation project on the planet.

He’ll share secrets of filming lions, crocs, elephants, and spectacular scenery, and disclose how he cracked the “Gorongosa code”— and a man’s brave journey of discovery and redemption filming the spectacular wildlife of a paradise once lost.

In addition to giving us stunning images of Africa’s iconic wildlife, Poole will take audiences by the scruff of the neck into one of the most exciting conservation stories happening in the world today. View an excerpt of the stunning Africa’s Lost Eden.

BobPooleNational Geographic Live is the on ground extension supporting National Geographic’s dedication to the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Building on the 128-year legacy of National Geographic Society, National Geographic is committed to inspiring the most curious minds with an expanding canvas to grow and reach people in new ways.

National Geographic Live is made possible in Australia through the support of Loyalty Club Sponsor AAMI, Travel Sponsor Bench International and Tourism Sponsor Tourism Philippines.

About Bob Poole:

Bob Poole grew up in East Africa, where his father was the director of the Peace Corps, and later the director of the African Wildlife Foundation. His family spent much of their time with the abundant wildlife that thrived there during the 1960s and 1970s. Poole’s unique upbringing gave him an appreciation and curiosity of the natural world, a highly adventurous spirit, and a strong sense of self-reliance.

As a teenager, Poole’s relationship with National Geographic began when he worked with a film crew on a documentary about elephants. Ten years later, Poole’s first film as a cinematographer for National Geographic was about his sister, Dr. Joyce Poole, the renowned elephant zoologist. He is now one of the world’s leading wildlife cinematographers and has shot many Emmy Award-winning films. Poole’s credit list includes over 30 films for National Geographic Television.

In 2012, the National Geographic Television-produced film “War Elephants” reunites Poole with his sister as they work in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park to help elephants traumatized by years of civil war and poaching.

Whether tracking elephants in extreme desert environments of Mali, following wildebeest across the Serengeti, or travelling roadless regions of war-torn Sudan, Poole’s lifetime experience and unfailing tenacity help him to capture remarkable moments.


The interview was recorded by Malti Elliott with Bob Poole.