Former Rocky girl makes TV debut with National Geographic
CARLY O'Neill spends most of her life behind the lens of a camera but yesterday she was in front of one on national TV.
The former Rockhampton photographer, who now lives in Darwin, was featured on the Australian television show Snap Happy by National Geographic which focuses on photography enthusiasts and professionals.
Carly is a professional photographer who has recently been involved in an artist in residence project through the Northern Territory Wildlife Park near Darwin.
Carly, 33, said she had been taking photos of animals since May this year as part of the program.
"I applied to be one of the artists included in the project with the aim of capturing character portraits of Australian native animals," she said.
"I try to go out there weekly to the wildlife park with my equipment and capture the animals who were all so beautiful. A big part of doing the project originally was for children to have some exposure to Australian native animals and having a child of my own kind of generated that idea.
"A few months ago I had set up a site at the Mindil Beach markets with the framed images and I was approached by the TV crew to be on the show. I was in complete shock and had no warning, but it was very exciting. They were doing a feature at the markets and it was just chance they walked past my site and wanted to know about my photos."
The episode was shown yesterday at midday on channel One. Carly said it was a weird feeling watching herself on TV.
"I was extremely happy and proud, it was an amazing feeling," she said.
"I love photography and it's something that is pretty big in the family. When I was a teenager my older sister used to photograph me and she's the reason I got into it.
"The fact that I was featured on the same episode as Ken Duncan who is one of Australia's best photographers is pretty amazing. I couldn't get the smile off my face and had butterflies throughout the whole episode."
View Carly's animal portraits at carlyoneill.com.
Snap Happy screens on Channel One, Sunday's at 12pm and can be seen on Tenplay.com.au