Julia Wheeler is a certified adventure addict. Openly admitting to loving “the wild places”, this Australian-based photographer, explorer and competitive Champion freediver is at her happiest when she’s either 50 metres below the sea’s surface exploring shipwrecks, immersed in a photo shoot or on the frontline of anti-poaching. After only represented Australia in the 2017 World Freediving Championships and her life mantra remains solid in her belief that mind really is over matter.
As an Ambassador for Take3ForTheSea, Julia and her cameraman have been self-funding their own television series concept which views the compelling lives of her heroes - the humans who work behind the scenes of endangered species conservation to protect, rehabilitate and defend global wildlife. Over the last four years, she has visited Africa where her passions flourished and connected with numerous organisations and is now based in Johannesburg to create the first 4 episodes of the series, WildShots With Julia Wheeler. Prior to this, Julia completed a 48 minute pilot. The pilot includes the global issues of Rhino poaching and shows a world first - Julia's mission to Massingir (Souther Africa's hub for Rhino poaching) where she interviews an active Rhino poacher on camera. Julia has presented in front of delegates such as Richard Leaky and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, about the issues facing the world of endangered species conservation. Ambassador for Take 3 For The Sea, Julia recently launching a viral campaign in September 2017 where herself and friend, Trista Fontana went unintentionally Freediving through trash in Bali. The video went viral, generating over two million views in under seven days across news and social media platform, raising much needed awareness about the depreciating state of our oceans.
Julia's natural courage, curiosity and compassion has lead her to explore the world, its people and amazing wildlife. A highly experienced and dedicated photographer, having shot multiple Australian lifestyle campaigns, she is known for her ‘freshness and spontaneity’ with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group having used a number of her shots. Holding a degree in Media and Communications, majoring in cultural studies and graduate of Australia’s most prestigious acting school, NIDA, Julia’s infectious enthusiasm and instant rapport has granted her access to people at their most intimate. Using natural light and movement, Julia is driven to meet people from all over the globe and document their life stories.
While Julia travels extensively for international Freediving competitions, her base remains in Sydney, Australia, where she loves returning home to lifestyle photography, Freediver instructing with Apnea International and producing.
For any enquiries or bookings, contact Julia directly.