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Alan Henderson



Saturday:  11:00am - 12:15pm

Keynote Speaker:  Invertebrate Macro Photography

Alan has had a fascination for invertebrates his entire life. He has successfully combined this with his other passion, macrophotography, with his images having been published in books and other media throughout the world.


Alan completed a BAppSc, Scientific Photography before beginning a career in zoo-keeping. He created the Australian Nature Education Centre in 1995 and received the Young Australian of the Year Regional Development Award for the Centre. Lured to Melbourne Museum, he began the Live Exhibits Unit that ultimately led to the development of the extremely popular ‘Bugs Alive!’ exhibition, and authored the award-winning book Bugs Alive – A Guide to Keeping Australian Invertebrates.


Alan now operates his own education business, Minibeast Wildlife, from the tropical paradise of Kuranda, north Queensland, one of the most biologically diverse regions of Australia. His work with Minibeast Wildlife includes assisting major film crews from the world to capture macro sequences of invertebrate behaviour. In 2018 he developed Australia’s first interactive spider identification app, Spidentify, and produced the book Minibeasts – True rulers of our world and the key to our survival.  His expertise in working with live invertebrates has taken him around the world, from the deserts of Arizona to the jungles of Costa Rica.