Jaap Vogel has a successful career as a scientific journalist and photographer. After moving from The Netherlands to Australia, he settled down on Tamborine Mountain, continuing his journalistic work online. Jaap also participated actively in the community, as President of Landcare and the Chamber of Commerce; as a local snake catcher he also wrote a booklet called ‘The 18 snakes of Tamborine Mountain’. Jaap also guided groups through the local rainforests, mainly at night. On Australia Day 2008 he was granted the Special Mayor’s award for community contributions. In 2011 his photography-based art works were shown in a two months’ solo exhibition.
In 2015 Jaap published a book, Wake up Time, analysing the social issues in remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. It was the result of three years of full time traveling through the Outback.
Jaap continues to work as a (photo)journalist. He is focused on the preservation of the natural environment in South East Queensland, both for its own sake, as well as in the context of climate change. In November 2016 Jaap published a count of visitor number to Tamborine Mountain. Both the press release and the figures can be downloaded.
Jaap continues to guide groups through the rainforests and to give presentations. In August 2017 the first Nature Photography workshop will take place.
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