OM SYSTEM Ambassadors are at the heart of everything we do. They build awareness and credibility for the brand, along with providing rich content experiences for the OM SYSTEM community. We’ve raised the profile of our brand by prioritising market segments that best support our corporate strategy and business targets, which has cultivated a global, diverse, and inclusive pipeline of talent to share impactful stories and educate and inspire peers, all while supporting the OM SYSTEM brand and exploring initiatives to support the expanding OM SYSTEM community further.

GET TO KNOW OUR LOCAL AMBASSADORS

Get to know our local ambassadors, who specialise in wildlife, birding, landscape, field macro, nature, outdoor and adventure. 

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michaela skovranova

OM SYSTEM GLOBAL AMBASSADOR

⚲ Naarm (Melbourne, VIC), Australia

Michaela Skovranova is a European-Australian artist working in the field of photography and film.

Michaela's work has focused on capturing intimate environmental and human stories - from documenting coral reefs and Great Barrier Reef restoration for National Geographic, The Great Australian Bight for Greenpeace and the aftermath of Australian Bushfires for TIME Magazine. Her short films pick up the natural, ambient-lit storytelling where the images leave off with her latest short film, “End of the World”, which speaks to the devastating impacts of climate change in Antarctica, premiering at TEDx Sydney 2020.

Her projects involve working as a freelance photographer, filmmaker, speaker, and talent, and she has been featured for her work by publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, and more. Michaela is a National Geographic expert and an OM-System Ambassador, and she runs regular photography and video workshops across Australia and overseas.

 

CONNECT WITH MICHAELA

Website:  mishku.com

Instagram:  @mishkusk

Facebook:  @mishkusk

Vimeo:  @mishku

TikTok:  @mishkusk

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LISA MICHELE BURNS

OM SYSTEM GLOBAL AMBASSADOR

⚲ Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast, QLD), Australia

Lisa is an Australian travel and landscape photographer and editor of The Wandering Lens.

Having worked throughout various photographic genres over the past 17 years, both above and below the water level, her focus keeps returning to the patterns and tones within landscapes. Glaciers, deserts and regions of climatic significance are environments she’s passionate about documenting, naming Greenland, Iceland, Namibia and Chile as countries she’d happily photograph again and again.

Getting her start in photography whilst working as a photojournalist for Lonely Planet, Lisa now publishes The Wandering Lens, a travel guide for photographers listing photogenic destinations alongside creative tips. Preferring to shoot extreme climates and natural wonders, Lisa’s travels have seen her photograph Lapland, Iceland and Norway along with the contrasting tropical Cook Islands and Great Barrier Reef.

 

CONNECT WITH LISA

Website:  thewanderinglens.com

Instagram:  @the_wanderinglens

Facebook:  @thewanderinglens

TikTok:  @thewanderinglens

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MATT HORSPOOL

OM SYSTEM AMBASSADOR

⚲ Darkinjung (Gosford, NSW), Australia

As a Korean adoptee growing up in rural NSW, Matt has always been fascinated with the mountains and remote destinations featured in his parents’ National Geographic magazines. Following university, he set off on multiple trekking expeditions across South America. Armed with a small point-and-shoot camera, Matt loved exploring and photographing the natural world. Shortly after returning home, he then set off on a 3.5-year journey around the world, working across various vocations, all the while taking more and more photos.

In 2017, Matt embarked on our VISION Project across Central Asia and has worked closely with OM SYSTEM as an official ambassador since then. What he loves most about photography is the incredible locations you document and the amazing people you meet. Sharing in those ‘Wow’ moments amplifies the experience in a way no other vocation can compare

 

CONNECT WITH MATT

Website:  etchdphotography.com

Instagram:  @etchd

YouTube:  @etchd_

Facebook:  @etchdphotography

TikTok:  @etchd_

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SCOTT PORTELLI

OM SYSTEM AMBASSADOR

⚲ Kepa Kurl (Esperance, WA), Australia

Scott Portelli is an international award-winning wildlife, nature, aerial and underwater photographer. Scott has spent thousands of hours in remote locations across the globe, filming and photographing nature, wildlife, and the underwater environment.

An accredited licensed RPAS/UAV/UOeC pilot, Scott has worked on aerial projects for some of Australia’s most sort out tourism destinations as well as in Antarctica, Arctic, Azores, Macquarie Island, Falkland Islands, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island and South Pacific. Working in extreme conditions, Scott’s practices take a high-quality, low-impact approach to filming wildlife in their natural environment in a non-invasive way to capture natural behaviour.

Scott runs wildlife and photography workshops, tours and lectures to show enthusiasts and experts the best way to get the most out of their photography. On his tours, he specialises in underwater and wildlife photography, bringing the best tips and techniques for photographing in challenging locations.

 

CONNECT WITH SCOTT

Website:  scottportelli.com

Instagram:  @scott.portelli

Facebook:  @scott.portelli

Vimeo:  @scottportelli

YouTube:  @scottportelli

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BRIDGETTE GOWER

OM SYSTEM AMBASSADOR

⚲ Gimuy (Cairns, QLD), Australia

Bridgette grew up on a farm near a small rural town in NSW. Being surrounded by nature, she developed a great appreciation of the natural world from a very young age.

Over the years, her love of wildlife, conservation and photography grew. She travelled around the world to experience and learn about the wildlife and habitats of many countries.

This spirit of discovery and adventure took her to see such magical places as Antarctica, where she was a crew member on the Sea Shepherd vessel MV Steve Irwin, to defend whales against the annual Japanese Whale Hunt. Her photos are still featured on the Sea Shepherd website.

In recent years, Bridgette has dedicated every spare minute to finding, photographing and identifying some of the world's smallest animals. She is lucky to live near the Cairns Botanic Gardens, where she spent countless hours searching for the many hidden treasures.

 

CONNECT WITH BRIDGETTE

Website:  aussiemacrophotos.com

Instagram:  @bridgettegower

Facebook:  @AussieMacroPhotos

YouTube:  @AussieMacroPhotos

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MICHAEL HURREN

OM SYSTEM AMBASSADOR

⚲ Taungurung (Yea, VIC), Australia

Michael Hurren is a Melbourne-based Cinematographer/ Photographer and the founder of Filmic Productions, with over ten years of experience in the film industry and a background ranging from stills photography to art department.

Michael now runs a successful production company, focusing on commercial, corporate and editorial film and stills work. Michael’s passion for the outdoors has seen him travel much of Australia’s extreme terrain, from capturing fly-fishing in the icy high country to off-road motorsports in the rugged red centre, creating content for magazine publications, broadcast television and social media. There aren’t many corners of the country that remain unexplored, and overseas adventures are also fair game.

 

CONNECT WITH MICHAEL

Website:  filmicproductions.com.au

Instagram:  @michaelhurren_1

Facebook:  @filmicproductions.com.au

Vimeo:  @filmicproductions

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HAYATH MOHAMMED

OM SYSTEM AMBASSADOR

⚲ Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Hayath Mohammed is based in India and takes to nature to keep sanity levels in check.

Born and raised in Bangalore, finding open areas during the city's development fuelled his interest towards insects and butterflies. He now uses macro photography as a means of exploration and as a mode of showcasing the many wonders of the arthropod world to the human world.

"Growing up in Bangalore provided access to some amazing locations and biodiversity. Most of my summer holidays would be spent outdoors. When I wasn’t playing with friends, I would observe the fascinating phases of bugs and butterflies in the undergrowth around the empty sites of developing Bangalore.

Nature and its myriad wonders provided cannon fodder to the growing mind. Photography was a mere extension of the curiosity towards the natural world. Social media and online forums such as India Nature Watch provided great platforms to share and learn. Ever since I’ve enjoyed showcasing the hidden beauty of the Arthropod world as much as I enjoy observing it up close."

 

CONNECT WITH HAYATH

Instagram:  @hayath_dyno

HONG KONG?

OM SYSTEM AMBASSADOR

Bridgette grew up on a farm near a small rural town in NSW. Being surrounded by nature, she developed a great appreciation of the natural world from a very young age.

Over the years, her love of wildlife, conservation and photography grew. She travelled around the world to experience and learn about the wildlife and habitats of many countries.

This spirit of discovery and adventure took her to see such magical places as Antarctica, where she was a crew member on the Sea Shepherd vessel MV Steve Irwin, to defend whales against the annual Japanese Whale Hunt. Her photos are still featured on the Sea Shepherd website.

In recent years, Bridgette has dedicated every spare minute to finding, photographing and identifying some of the world's smallest animals. She is lucky to live near the Cairns Botanic Gardens, where she spent countless hours searching for the many hidden treasures.

 

CONNECT WITH BRIDGETTE

Website:  aussiemacrophotos.com

Instagram:  @bridgettegower

Facebook:  @AussieMacroPhotos

YouTube:  @AussieMacroPhotos

MICHAEL HURREN

OM SYSTEM AMBASSADOR

Michael Hurren is a Melbourne-based Cinematographer/ Photographer and the founder of Filmic Productions, with over ten years of experience in the film industry and a background ranging from stills photography to art department.

Michael now runs a successful production company, focusing on commercial, corporate and editorial film and stills work. Michael’s passion for the outdoors has seen him travel much of Australia’s extreme terrain, from capturing fly-fishing in the icy high country to off-road motorsports in the rugged red centre, creating content for magazine publications, broadcast television and social media. There aren’t many corners of the country that remain unexplored, and overseas adventures are also fair game.

 

CONNECT WITH MICHAEL

Website:  filmicproductions.com.au

Instagram:  @michaelhurren_1

Facebook:  @filmicproductions.com.au

OM SYSTEM Ambassadors are required to participate in workshops, talks, content creation, media events, tradeshows and much more.

The OM SYSTEM Ambassador Program welcomes and encourages innovative ideas from its members and aims to inspire others with discussion and imagery that showcases the endless capabilities of OM SYSTEM products.

While OM SYSTEM is not actively seeking new members for the program, we typically identify new members based on the following:

 

  • Shoot with OM SYSTEM gear in a professional capacity.
  • Specialise in wildlife, birding, landscape, field macro, nature, outdoor and adventure.
  • Understand, connect and align to our brand soul and philosophy of Kacho Fugetsu.
  • Actively engage with the OM SYSTEM brand via our social channels, activities and events.
  • Prepared to represent the OM SYSTEM brand at public events, discussing products and photography/videography.
  • Willing to regularly submit high-quality images and/or videos.
  • Demonstrate a strong and consistent body of work with clear skill and photography/video knowledge.
  • Professional website and presence on key social channels.
  • A resident within the Asia-Pacific region.
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Everything handheld

Shake off the excess weight of a tripod and the worry of picture blurring camera shake. Our super-tele-optimized 5-axis sync IS delivers up to 7.0 steps of shake compensation for worry-free handheld wildlife photography experiences even at full 2400mm 35mm equalivant field of view.

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Let the water pour

Some of the most impressive wildlife shots are taken in rain. The IPX1 certified weather sealing and the fluorine coating on the front lens are equivalent to an uncompromised shooting experience. Let it rain and blow; the water beads off the front lens element, allowing you to keep shooting.

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Flick the switch

Keeping your eye on the most important requires quick access to settings. The 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS has numerous quick access to features such as focus limiter, focus mode, IS settings and a programmable lens function button. The choice is yours. 

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Accessorize

Capturing a bird sitting on a branch far away is a walk in the park with this lens. But do you need aid in capturing those unpredictable and fast-moving birds in flight with such a telephoto lens? Step in the EE-1 Dot Sight, which allows you to keep your eye on the subject while the cameras AI Detection AF and lens do the work. You cannot photograph something you cannot follow with your eye.

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Reach meets image quality

The 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS is a spectacular showcase of lens engineering that combines optical innovations into one small package. Featuring an array of Super ED, ED, HD, and HR elements, it can deliver a tremendous amount of detail, ensuring the highest quality in super telephoto shooting.