Gianpiero Ferrari FRPS has been interested in natural history for many years, and he loves taking photographs of anything from the smallest flowers to the largest mammals. He has won many national and international awards for his photography and is frequently asked to be a judge at exhibitions and salons. He has had his work published in magazines, calendars and books. He is a member of the Natural History Fellowship Assessment Panel of the Royal Photographic Society, and has travelled widely in Europe, Sri Lanka, the United States, Africa, India, the Falkland Isles and the West Indies to record the natural world. Probably his favourite place however is Australia, and on Friday 28th February he visited the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society to give his talk ”Wild Queensland and the Red Hot Centre”. He has visited Australia three times, and his talk was based on his third trip which covered the famous Uluru (Ayres Rock) Alice Springs area and the north eastern part of the continent. He had clear objectives as to what he hoped to photograph, including the Thorny Devil lizard and the flightless Cassowary bird, but he also took many superb pictures of Australian birds, insects, moths, butterflies, frogs, flowers, emus, kangaroos (including the tree kangaroo) and much more. He managed to include underwater snorkelling on the Barrier Reef and a spot of whale watching. A fascinating evening which appealed to natural history enthusiasts and keen photographers alike. Chairman John Spowart thanked Gianpiero for a wonderful evening of photography.