Born and raised in New Zealand and now living for 25 years in Australia, he has had a varied life with Athletics, Photography, Publishing and Art being an overriding passion for him.
Duane started Sporting Images in Brisbane in 1992 and was director of the agency for 22 years until a change of direction saw him close the agency and website in 2014. In that time he covered 5 Olympic Games from 1996-2012 as an accredited freelance photographer as well as junior sport throughout Queensland and Australia, and he enjoyed the challenge of always trying to photograph a sport from a different perspective. During this time he also published a series of Training diaries and in 1995 published an Athletics Training diary with many of his photos which sold out in the first few weeks. His work featured in many of Australia's sporting publications and in the 1990's he was the official photographer for the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Crushers, Strikers Soccer, Bullets Basketball, Queensland Reds and Queensland Cricket , Athletics Australia, and many other sporting teams and organisations.
Awards include winning the 1997 Australian AIPP Editorial Photographer of the year and also won the 2008 International Aperture Award World Sports Photographer of the Year and also featured with his daughter Holly, on the Australian TV Show Totally Wild on a Feature on Sports Photography and was one of the featured photographers in the Channel 9 documentary "Behind the lens" that aired in August 2014.
In 2011 Duane set up Peninsula Framing and Laminating based in a warehouse in Clontarf before moving to the Redcliffe waterfront in 2014.Photo Restoration is also a passion for him for over 20 years and he has collected a large Redcliffe History collection of original land sale maps, books and photos.
He published his second book in 2016. A republished "1932 Tourism Guide to Redcliffe" and the limited edition print run saw it sellout very quickly.
His third book "The Pictorial History of Redcliffe" featuring his entire collection of land sale posters, aerial maps, advertisements and photos, is due for release in late 2017