William Patino, a renowned Australian landscape photographer now calling New Zealand's South Island home, shares some of his favourite shots that showcase the beauty in our backyard and tips on how we can keep these areas pristine.
For Earth Day, National Geographic teamed up with passionate explorer and landscape photographer William Patino, who's spent over a decade capturing striking and moody shots from around his home in Te Anau to as far away as Iceland and Patagonia.
You can see Will's selections spanning both Australia and New Zealand in the gallery below.
His work has a strong emphasis on light, atmosphere, and evocative moments–many moments come courtesy of the powerful, untamed nature of weather.
Will was born in Wollongong in NSW, and growing up he'd skateboard and make videos and take photos of his friends and surrounding coastal area.
He became a full-time photographer in 2014 and now he and his family live in Te Anau, the doorstep of Fiordland National Park, amid some of the most incredible scenery and wilderness on the planet.
Will says, "I first picked up a camera over a decade ago. From that very first day up until now, photography for me is not only a creative outlet but it's a way to express how I feel when I'm out in nature and essentially how I view the world."
"I love exploring new places out in nature. I've been so fortunate to travel around the world with my camera."
"I love the amazing seascapes [of Wollongong] but when I came over here to the South Island particularly Fiordland, I just felt like I was home. I love that we have all the lush rainforests here, the snow-capped mountains, the rivers, the waterfalls, the fiords, the pristine wilderness."