David Parer

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David Parer, winner of best cinematography in a documentary, AACTA awards 2011.

David Parer is an award-winning Australian natural history film maker.

Parer was conscripted into the Australian Army to go to the Vietnam War in 1970, but he entered a Masters program to study physics in the Antarctic. Parer spent the summers of 1970 and 1972 in Antarctica studying cosmic rays. While there he filmed his first documentary. He met his wife and fellow film maker, Elizabeth Parer-Cook, in 1977.

He has been awarded the AFI award for the best cinematography for a non-feature film four times, for :

Edge of the Cold, 1978
Bird of the Thunder Woman, 1980
Dragons of Galapagos, 1998
Island of the Vampire Birds, 1999

His uncle was the renowned Academy Award-winning war cinematographer, Damien Parer, who filmed Kokoda Front Line.