Martin De Ruyter has been a photographer at The Nelson Mail for 25 years and the paper's head photographer since 1993.
Originally from Wellington, Martin went to Newlands College and then worked in the accounts department at Mobil Oil for two years while working part-time for a community newspaper.
After teaching himself the basics of photography, he missed out on jobs at The Dominion and The Evening Post.
However, his trademark determination won out when, at the age of 20, he landed a junior position at The Nelson Mail in 1986.
He had only been to Nelson once and has lived here ever since.
Martin is married and the father of a grown-up son.
Outside of photography his passions include fly fishing, skiing, mountainbiking and tennis.
Walking near the pressure ridges with Mt Erebus behind
Scott Base seen from behind the pressure ridges
Checking for cracks in the sea ice with the Barne Glacier in the background
Helicopters NZ pilot, Rob McPhail and engineer, Dave Lewis
CEO Lou Sanson in Antarctica, November 2005
Clearing a hole in the sea ice for fishing
Food containers inside Shackleton's hut
Victoria Metcalf fishing in the sea ice near the ice runway for Pagothenia Borchgrevinki
McMurdo Station with the Sound and Mt Discovery
Victoria driving the Pisten Bully on the way to fish near the ice runway
Trying to get out of the wet lab and back to the safety of Scott Base
Heading towards Scott Base in a condition 2 storm (-30 degrees)
Tristan Chan and Victoria Metcalf in a hole they have dug in the snow to get to the ice so that they can fish
Victoria Metcalf and Calum Ninnes fishing in the sea ice
Victoria Metcalf with Borchs caught through a hole near the ice runway
Dr Victoria Metcalf
Adelie penguins at Cape Royds
Aerial photo of Scott Base, November 2005
Aerial of Taylor Valley and Taylor Glacier, November 2005
Hagglunds in the snow, with flags, November 2005
Discovery Hut, Hut Point, November 2005