When George arrived in Ireland 11 years ago, he was armed with a true love of the ocean that belied his land-locked upbringing in the Czech Republic. He funded his first professional camera by working as a porter in a Galway hotel and from that point dedicated himself fully and completely to photographing Ireland’s emerald coastline. It certainly paid off and in 2009 he was awarded the Nature’s Best Photography Award, one of the most prestigious and world-recognised photography accolades. In recent years he has also won Outdoor Photographer of the Year and his talents have gained him national and international recognition.
In the wild excitement of the Atlantic coastline, he captures moments of calm and serenity, the fragmented colours of dawn breaking, viewed from the sea and gazing onto the land. He is out there, waiting, watching and photographing while most of us are curled up sleeping on cold winter mornings. Imagine giant gliding whales in crystal clear Atlantic depths or world class surfers barrelling inches overhead as George holds his breath for impossible lengths of time dangerously close to the breaking waters.
It takes more than just an artistic eye to encapsulate this on camera and George lives and breathes his work. It is his passion. It is his way of life. He is an experienced surfer and free-diver and spends every day of the year in the water, preparing, practicing and keeping fit. He is settled in Lahinch with his young family and together they can be found on any day of the year surfing in the waves or free-diving with dolphins. Through the eyes of this talented free-spirit we catch a glimpse at our small island’s immense beauty and can appreciate the transformative effect of nature by appreciating it with him
Nikon D4s Project
in winter 2014 I was approached by Nikon to test a new flagship camera Nikon D4s and photograph pool of photos in to the Nikon brochure. For me it was a super challenging task. During four weeks I had to photograph marine birds, leaping dolphins, landscapes and stormy waves. That winter was extremely stormy and Irish coastline got hammered by one of the biggest storms in history. Wildlife was hiding and I was really struggling to find any animals. The part of the project was a video feature. Corey Rich and his video team came to Ireland for four days to follow my story as a part of film call DEDICATED, a story about three prolific photographers who are out there working their asses off, day after day, to capture the best, most creative still pictures possible. Those photographers are: Dave Black, Robert Beck and George Karbus.
Nature’s Best Photography, BBC Wildlife magazine, BBC Focus, Nikon Pro, Outdoor Photography, TRACKS surfing, Red Bull Bulletin, Digital Camera, Birdwatch, Priroda wildlife, Science, Spin, Ocean, Buddy, Threesixty, Tonnta, THE TIMES, IRISH TIMES, Irish Independent, The Independent, The Telegraph and many more…