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Freediver & Film Maker: Julia Wheeler

Face to face with australian film maker, photographer, presenter, conservationist and Freediver

In a world where exploration knows no bounds, there are few individuals who embody the spirit of adventure quite like Julia Wheeler.

Renowned for her prowess as a world-class freediver, Julia has pushed the limits of human capability, plumbing the depths of the ocean with grace and determination.

Openly admitting to loving “the wild places”, Australian film maker, presenter, conservationist and Freediver is in her element when either 50 metres below the sea’s surface exploring shipwrecks, immersed in film or on the frontline of anti-poaching, face to face with a Forest Elephant.

Julia’s journey is a tapestry woven with threads of passion, courage, and an unyielding commitment to storytelling. Whether in the tranquil depths of the ocean to the bustling streets of Gabon. Her adventures have taken her to the far reaches of the globe, shining a spotlight on the beauty and fragility of our natural world.

In this article, we’ll delve into the captivating odyssey of Julia. We exploring her tireless advocacy for wildlife conservation, her groundbreaking television series, and the indelible mark she has left on the world of entertainment.

Julia Wheeler: Shining a light on unsung heroes

Julia’s love affair with Africa has been a cornerstone of her journey, nurturing her deep-seated passion for the natural world. It was amidst the breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems of the continent that Julia’s dedication to wildlife conservation truly flourished.

Julia’s love affair with Africa has been a cornerstone of her journey, nurturing her deep-seated passion for the natural world. It was amidst the breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems of the continent that Julia’s dedication to wildlife conservation truly flourished.

Exclusive access to Gabon’s high-security Ivory Vault, courtesy of Professor Leigh White, provided Julia with a rare glimpse into the intricate world of wildlife preservation. It was experiences like this – rubbing shoulders with the Minister of Gabon or spending time amidst Western Lowland Gorillas – that helped nurture her ideas and ultimately form the cornerstone of this groundbreaking series.

Remarkably, Julia remarkably managed to independently raise nearly a million dollars to bring this vision to life! A true testament to her unwavering commitment to the cause.

In a pivotal moment in 2019, Julia embarked on a transformative expedition, culminating in the creation of a groundbreaking documentary series titled WildShots.

Comprising four captivating episodes, WildShots offers a poignant glimpse into the lives of the unsung heroes working tirelessly behind the scenes of endangered species conservation.

Julia’s lens peers beyond the surface, delving into the compelling narratives of individuals who dedicate their lives to protecting, rehabilitating, and defending global wildlife. Each episode serves as a poignant reminder of the connection between humanity and the natural world, exploring the delicate balance of ecosystems upon which countless species depend for survival.

Yet, amidst the beauty and wonder of these landscapes, WildShots doesn’t shy away from confronting the harsh realities of our changing planet. Through Julia’s lens, viewers are confronted with the devastating impact of climate change, poverty, and animal exploitation on fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants. It’s a sobering reminder of the urgent need for collective action to safeguard our planet’s biodiversity for generations to come.

Not Julia’s first outing in the media

Julia’s foray into the world of television isn’t a sudden leap into the unknown. Her previous endeavors have paved the way for this momentous opportunity.

Viewers might recognize her from her appearance on Discovery Networks during Shark Week 2022, where she expertly portrayed a Marine Encounter Expert in ‘Monster Mako Under The Rig.’ Collaborating with scientists to collect genetic samples from Mako sharks, Julia showcased her versatility and passion for marine conservation.

But Julia’s advocacy extends far beyond the confines of the screen. As an Ambassador for Canon Australia, she effectively used her platform to shed light on the plight of the Hammerhead Shark through poignant short films.

Moreover, her podcast endeavor, ‘The Dirt Down Under,’ featuring conversations with Bull Shark attack survivor Paul DeGelder, provided a platform for survivors to share their stories and raise awareness about shark conservation.

Background in Media and Communications

Yet, Julia’s talents extend beyond the realm of wildlife advocacy. With a background in Media and Communications, coupled with her training at Australia’s prestigious acting school, NIDA, Julia possesses a multifaceted skill set that transcends traditional boundaries.

Her prowess as a seasoned photographer has garnered acclaim, with her work gracing the pages of various Australian commercial campaigns. Even Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group couldn’t resist the allure of her captivating imagery.

“I’m driven by meeting amazing people of all spectrums of every day life and I’m happy to put myself into anywhere anyone will allow me to go. I have been fortunate and have much more to explore and so much more to capture”

Julia Wheeler

What truly sets Julia apart, however, is her innate ability to connect with people on a profound level. Armed with infectious enthusiasm and a quick rapport, she delves into the most intimate moments of her subjects, capturing their essence with the magic of natural light and movement.

Through her lens, she seeks to bridge cultural divides and capture the universal human experience—a testament to her unwavering dedication to storytelling.

As Julia’s journey continues to unfold, one thing remains abundantly clear: her impact extends far beyond the realms of entertainment. Through her tireless advocacy and unwavering commitment to conservation, she serves as an inspiration to us all.

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