Frederique Olivier

Wanaka Time
Tuesday June 25 – 7.30pm to 10.30pm (doors open and live music from 7.00pm)
Wanaka Session
Session 11

An accomplished field guide, naturalist, photographer, and documentary filmmaker, Frederique has dedicated much of her career to exploring the polar regions. With 22 seasons in Antarctica and the SubAntarctic, she has worn multiple hats, from scientist (with a PhD in Antarctic ecology) to voyage manager for the Australian Antarctic Programme, skipper, expedition guide, and cinematographer. Notably, she undertook two challenging year-long overwintering expeditions to film Emperor Penguins for the BBC series “Planet Earth” (2005) and “Penguins: Spy in the Huddle” (2012).

In addition to her Antarctic work, Fred has embarked on significant expeditions in the Arctic, including Greenland crossings and skiing in Svalbard and Baffin Island, for various film projects. Her documentary production credits span broadcasters like BBC, Netflix, Nat Geo, and Discovery, reflecting her diverse experiences in extreme environments worldwide.

Originating from her time as a scientific diver on the Australian Great Barrier Reef, Fred’s fascination with the marine world extends to remote locations such as the Kimberley, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands, where she lived aboard her yacht for two years after supporting shoots for the BBC series “South Pacific.”

With over 20 years of shooting experience in diverse environments and cultures, Fred is passionate about sharing the wonders of the natural world through her imagery, supporting conservation efforts and raising awareness of our planet’s fragility.