Gary Tack | About

Gary Tack was born in inner city Liverpool but moved to the outskirts shortly after he started school. Some of his earliest memories of the inner city are of house sparrows chirping and the smell of bread from the bread factory.

There were many bike ride forays into the countryside where grasshoppers and grass snakes were collected alongside the cigarette and cereal cards that identified the wildlife he rapidly grew to love and appreciate.

After qualifying in fine art he ran, for 25 years, his own art/mural business that sometimes involved travelling across Europe using his painting skills. One of his more unusual works was to replicate a listed water damaged art deco painting in the Hotel Borg, Reykjavik!

His interest in photography began, firstly, as an aid to his artwork but it rapidly became the main driving force and the ability to capture images of nature rekindled his passion for all things living in the wild.
This prompted a change in direction and he gained a Ba (Hons) in Wildlife Photography. Whilst at college he started to specialise in hyper detailed insect photography. In his words –

‘If everyone could see what marvels of nature insects are, we may give their existence the gravitas that it deserves. It is only recently we have started to realise how important, not just for ecological balance but for our own survival, they are.’

The hyper macro images he produces are an innovation of his own which combines photographic macro photography and post processing artwork.

Gary has exhibited in The Cube, Manchester in 2010 and has exhibited this year 2011 at the Framers Gallery, Tottenham Court road London. Gary has recently signed a contract with Getty Images. He sells images with Getty Images Alamy Stock Site.

He has also signed a five year contract to produce Hyper-macro images for Heather Angel's Natural Vision Stock Site and acquired a contract with Barcroft Media to supply text and images to them.

Gary has recently contributed to and exhibited at the 2011 International Photographic Festivals Look11 project. Click link to view his contribution to the project.

Gary has recently become a Gold Award Finalist in the Open (Professional) Science and Nature category of the prestigious International Aperture Awards 2010 competition.

Gary has recently had four of his Hyper-macro images nominated in The Masters Cup International Colour Awards 2011. One of the four images received an Honourable Mention in the professional Wildlife category. To see the honourable mention image open the link below, scroll down to the wildlife tab near the bottom of the category list and click on Professional Winners. To see the four nominated images click on Professional Nominees.

Professional Wildlife photographer Gary Tack of United Kingdom was presented with the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup Honourable Mention in the category of Wildlife at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow. The live online ceremony webcast Sunday, October 29, 2011 was attended by photography fans in 83 countries who logged on to see the climax of the industry's most important event for colour photography.
The awards international Jury included captains of the industry ranging from Hasted Hunt Kraeutler in New York, Brancolini Grimaldi, David & Goliath, Simon Studer Art Associates, Stills Gallery to Christie's in London who honored Color Masters with 272 coveted title awards and 1099 nominees in 18 categories.
"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,321 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Gary's "Northern Tiger Beetle," an exceptional image entered in the Wildlife category, represents contemporary colour photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the title of Honourable Mention"
COLOUR AWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honouring excellence in colour photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in colour photography.
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