We have more than 30 years of experience in photojournalism, conservation, adventure and commercial photography. From the bottom of the Ocean to the thick of the rainforest until the blue of the sky, we constantly elevate our photography to tell compelling visual stories which matter.


Whether a beginner photographer wanting to learn how to use your new DSLR or an avid photographer ready to take your camera on a journey of discovery, come learn with a master photographer and feed your spirit to explore the natural wonders of the tropics. This is your perfect location to hone your photography skills while holidaying at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, a beachfront eco retreat between Cairns and Port Douglas.

Join Juergen Freund as he mentors you on your photographic holiday in beautiful Tropical North Queensland – a fantastic photographic workshop at the heart of two World Heritage Sites in Far North Queensland, Australia – the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef.

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From the tropical rainforests of the Australian Wet Tropics to the clear skies of the outback. Natural and industrial processes that are too slow to be recognized by the naked eye. We shoot with state of the art computerized motion controlled slider systems as well as custom made equipment from our in-house production.



Travelers to the Center of Life.

How far can a journey take you? How many new sights, sounds, and sensations can you absorb, when you open your eyes and remove the barriers of your mind? What happens to your heart when a playful green marine turtle looks you in the eye, or when lightning puts on a spectacular show for you in a burning sunset sky? Do you fret for the spent oceans, as humans take far beyond what they need for profit as well as for survival, only to find joy again when people truly learn to respect nature and protect it for their children? Did you come here only to see, but find yourself blessed with an unexpected gift—the gift of feeling and hoping and dreaming along with all that you meet?

For Jürgen Freund and Stella Chiu-Freund, wildlife and underwater photographers, chroniclers of nature, married couple, and traveling companions on many adventures in the natural world, the gifts have been too numerous to count. Their photographic odyssey through many countries of the Coral Triangle, Australia and Fiji are chronicled and preserved in spectacular images accompanied by spellbinding stories that enthralls and leave one with a lasting impression of awe and inspiration.

To book them for speaking engagements, please inquire at: freundimages@gmail.com



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Dwarf Minke Whales in the Great Barrier Reef

It’s been a while since I was out diving and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. This time I went with the superb liveaboard “Spoilsport” of the Mike Ball Dive Expeditions during the best time of the year to see minke whales underwater. The weather was amazing with only 10-15 knot winds and about 20-30 whales around the boat mainly at Lighthouse Bommie. Water visibility was a bit challenging for photography but workable. It’s a wonderful experience being back on the minke line and I can’t recommend it enough to everyone to try it even once in their life.

While hanging on the line I was focusing on a minke face to hopefully get a closeup of the head when the whale let […]

Stella’s Story

I’m Stella–a short, bossy half a century old Asian woman. I’m Chinese, born and raised in the Philippines, and a grateful immigrant to Australia. In 2003, my husband Yogi and I packed our entire household in Manila and shipped a 20-foot container to Brisbane en route to Cairns, where we started our new Australian life. The old familiar life–all my friends and family, my old driving habits–was left behind in Manila. A new, adventurous chapter in our lives began.

I’m an accidental writer; that’s how I like to think of myself. I was in advertising, producing 30-second TV or radio adverts, then later a documentary producer. Writers were always a part of my creative team–always another person, another friend, but never […]

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Asia-Pacific Reefs and Rainforests in the Tablelands Regional Gallery

This is officially the first entry in this blog! From April 4 to May 4 2014 we were so fortunate to have a photo exhibition entitled Asia-Pacific Reefs and Rainforests held at the Tablelands Regional Gallery. This was made possible with the support of the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Worldwide Fund for Nature! Opening night was a wonderful event. We welcomed 180 visitors on the 4th of April and after the month was over had some 1030 visitors come to see the exhibition. Since the Tablelands Regional Gallery’s opening 5 years ago, we are the 5th exhibitor to reach the 1000 visitor mark.

Exhibition set-up

Opening Night

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Asia Pacific Reefs and Rainforests – A Photo Exhibition in April

Asia Pacific Reefs and Rainforests – A Photo Exhibition this April

The Tablelands Regional Gallery in collaboration with the 5th Queensland Festival of Photography is proud to present Jürgen Freund in a solo photo exhibition.

With the support of the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Worldwide Fund for Nature, this month-long exhibition showcases Jürgen’s stunning images of reefs and rainforests from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Fiji and our very own World Heritage Sites—the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics.

Tablelands Regional Gallery 16 Robert Street, Atherton QLD (in the library complex) Opening Night: Friday, 4 April 2014 6:00 – 8:00pm



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The Great Sea Reef of Fiji from the AIR

16 December 2013 – Great Sea Reef

Before our Great Sea Reef expedition started, we were asked by Patricia Mallam of WWF South Pacific what we wanted to photograph. #1 on our list was the most complicated, and I thought, better blurt it out now and hope for the best. I told Patricia we wanted to do aerials. In fact, I told her we must do aerials to be able to see what the Southern Hemisphere’s third longest barrier reef looks like. That was in March 2013. Fast forward to December 2013 – aerial funding secured, we were back in Fiji.

Having just arrived in Nadi early morning Dec 16 after a red-eye flight from Australia, we had to do our aerials that very […]

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The Coral Triangle featured in GEO Magazine

A little late but nonetheless always relevant! Our big photo story on The Coral Triangle came out in German GEO Magazine last August 2013 and correspondingly, an iPad app with this slideshow below. With so many stories to choose from, our writer Dr. Andreas Weber wrote mainly about the Tubbataha Rangers and the amazing work they do monitoring and protecting the Philippine’s World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reef, a coral atoll in the middle of the Sulu Sea.  

  • James Cook University is proud to present the second year running Nature Photography Masterclass with Jürgen Freund!

News Alert! JCU Nature Photography Masterclass 2013

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A Funeral to Remember – Goodbye Paramount Chief Ratu Aisea Katonivere

25 – 27 April 2013 – Naduri, Vanua Levu, Fiji

We started our journey to Macuata Province first and foremost with a traditional sevusevu in Naduri with the Macuata Province Paramount Chief Tui Macuata Ratu Aisea Katonivere on the 28th of March. It was our very first traditional sevusevu, the first of many to come. After hearing what our noble intentions were, the big man of the province gave us his blessings to photograph his land and islands. For the whole month of April, we had an incredible journey in Macuata Province from one island to another and another, going from village to village, experiencing genuine Fijian culture, life, hospitality and generosity of spirit with every person and community we met. We felt totally privileged to […]



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