Season 3 of Tales by Light goes to air

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Canon Australia has announced that season 3 of the Tales by Light photography series is airing on Australia’s Network 10. The series focuses on individual photographers who are “motivated to harness the power of images to draw attention to and inspire the world to protect some of the most beautiful and vulnerable aspects of our world: children, the ocean and Australian Indigenous culture.”

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Season 3 of the acclaimed photography series starts on 26 August, shining a light on the stunning beauty and critical vulnerability of people, nature and Indigenous culture

Sydney, Australia, August 23, 2018 – Canon Australia has announced that Season 3 of the acclaimed Tales by Light photography series will air on Network Ten and the online catch-up and streaming service tenplay from Sunday 26 August. Following the success of the first two seasons, Tales by Light 3 takes viewers behind the lens and into the minds of three new photographers, each motivated to harness the power of images to draw attention to and inspire the world to protect some of the most beautiful and vulnerable aspects of our world: children, the ocean and Australian Indigenous culture.

Produced once again, by Abraham Joffe, ACS Cinematographer of the Year 2017 and Canon Master, Series 3 of the series follows acclaimed photographers Simon Lister, Shawn Henrichs and Dylan River as they traverse fascinating and often challenging environments to tell important stories: - UNICEF photographer Simon Lister goes to Dhaka, Bangladesh with UNICEF goodwill ambassador Orlando Bloom, capturing the lives of children residing in the railway slums. - Conservationist Shawn Henrichs travels to Isla Mujeres in Mexico and Raja Ampat in Indonesia to share never-before-seen footage of human impact on marine life in our oceans. - Indigenous filmmaker and photographer Dylan River visits the Australian central desert in Alice Springs, Victoria River on the northern edge of the Tanami Desert and the remote Yolngu community in Bawaka East Arnhem Land. Communities and landscape rich with stories, culture and traditions spanning tens of thousands of years.

We are humbled that Tales by Light has been so well received by viewers locally and around the world,” says Jason McLean, Executive Producer and Director of Canon Australia’s consumer imaging division. “With this season we retain the focus on seeing through the eyes of some of the world’s best photographers that has made the series popular, but this time the subject matter really focusses on the power of an image to connect people and give a voice to aspects of our world that don’t have one of their own.”

This season we are particularly proud that our locally produced series features an Indigenous Australian photographer, allowing audiences to stop, consider and appreciate the largely unknown yet still vibrant examples of living Aboriginal culture being practiced today,” McLean continued.


Through richly detailed motion and still imagery, Tales by Light 3 focuses on the stunning beauty and critical vulnerability of people, nature and culture to inspire real change.

By engaging us emotionally, images cross cultural or geographic boundaries and connect with us on a human level,” continues McLean. “In episode one, Simon and Orlando highlight the plight of 1.4 million children working to survive each day in Bangladesh.

In Episode two Shawn Heinrichs incites passion and urgency in the need to preserve our natural habit while in Episode three with Dylan River who looks to highlight the rich culture and heritage of Australia’s First Nations people.”

These scenes inspire hope, other times they’re confronting, but through them we have the chance to consider things that we might not have otherwise.”

Kicking off the season, the episode, Children in Need, looks at the impact an image can have on creating connections across the globe and generate much needed support for people living in poverty.

The incredible cinematic work of Simon Lister and Canon Australia gives viewers an insight into what it’s like to be a child who has to work for a living. Every day millions of children around the world are forced to work to help their families survive extreme poverty, instead of going to school. UNICEF is committed to ending this and ensuring that every child can go on to live a brighter future,” said Tony Stuart, CEO, UNICEF Australia.



Episode 1 – Children in Need

Sunday August 26, 12:30pm

Simon Lister, UNICEF photographer, has focussed his personal passion for photography to capture visual stories of the children struggling to survive in the world’s poorest regions. Together with UNICEF Goodwill ambassador Orlando Bloom, Simon’s mission is to meet children living below the poverty line and connect with the humanity that resides in all of us.

The Photographer:

Simon Lister has been a UNICEF photographer and videographer since 2016, helping create a library for its 193 offices to use across all platforms. Simon dedicates his spare time outside running his successful recording business to traveling and sharing the issues facing those in the world around us though his imagery. These travels have been entirely self-funded pilgrimages of passion, fueled by a pure heartfelt love and earnest desire to share all that he has witnessed. He wants to incite action from his audiences by connecting them to the world and spotlighting the tales of those he meets.

Episode 2 – Paradise in Peril

Sunday September 2, 12:30pm

“People only protect what they love” – Shawn Heinrichs, an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and conservationist, seeks to connect the global community with the beauty and vulnerability of threatened marine species by capturing inspiring and dramatic imagery of the region of Raja Ampat in Indonesia.

The Photographer:

Shawn Heinrichs has spent the better part of five years chasing shark-fin operations in the high seas to show the sobering reality of what they were doing. In discovering the state in of the reefs and the sparsity of sharks, Shawn sent his footage to Wild Aid, which has been working on a long-term shark-finning project in China. Wild Aid included the footage in an impactful commercial, with the support of the Chinese Government it was aired on prime-time state media to hundreds of millions of people. The commercial has reduced shark fin consumption by 70-80% in China – all due to one image.

Episode 3 - Preserving Indigenous Culture

Sunday September 9, 12:30pm

Dylan River is an award-winning Aboriginal filmmaker and photographer from Alice Springs. He comes from a family of acclaimed storytellers and filmmakers. Dylan’s mission is to seek out largely unknown but still living examples of Australian Aboriginal culture to document and preserve them.

The Photographer:

Dylan River’s goal is to capture the culture and heritage of Australia’s First Nations people so that it can be relayed for future generations. Dylan’s exploration of Indigenous culture demonstrates how important it is that these stories are captured and treasured by our nation for the world.


Abraham Joffe ACS is an internationally recognized and award-winning Australian filmmaker, voted ACS Cinematographer of the Year in 2017 for the Tales by Light series. Abraham directed and produced Tales by Light with his team from Untitled Film Works and has filmed professionally in more than 40 countries across all seven continents. These experiences have helped forge the striking aesthetic style that shines through his work. His natural curiosity and passion for the extraordinary were behind the decision to build on his partnership with Canon for Season 3.