He has been a full-time freelance writer/photographer for 14 years, during which he has published several thousand illustrated articles in both Australian and international publications.
Among his principal newspaper outlets are The Weekend Australian, the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Herald-Sun. In colour magazines his work appears regularly in Luxury Travel, Vacations, Holidays For Couples, Air New Zealand Panorama, Qantas Australian Way and Hong Kong's South China Morning Post Sunday magazine, to name a very few.
John's professional awards include three first places and three runner-up citations in the annual Australian Society of Travel Writers' awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year in 1996 and for the Travel Photograph of the Year 2001. He is the author of numerous travel guides and books, the most recent being his collection of travel tales, Chasing Gauguin's Ghost (2002).
He holds a PhD in travel literature and his photographs appear in over 60 Lonely Planet publications, including five Lonely Planet Guide cover shots. His photographs are marketed by Lonely Planet Images library. He is a Full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and of the Australian Journalists Association.