Ramadian Bachtiar in South Island, New Zealand.


I am a development and science communicator, which heavily involve strong visual storytelling.  With my academic background in marine biology, I learned about photojournalism at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara in 2001 with a special interest in social and environmental issues.  Since then, I started to be a regular contributor to Indonesian newspaper & magazine, such as Kompas Daily, The Jakarta Post, and Tempo Magazine.  When National Geographic started their Indonesia language version in 2005, I was one of their earliest contributors and being involved in building up their photographic archives of Indonesia.

In 2007, I co-founded Imaji Bumi - a production company based in Jakarta, producing knowledge documentaries for Indonesia national TV stations.  I produced Cantik - a documentary about traditional beauty care from across Indonesia, and also involved in Expedisi Cincin Api (Ring of Fire Expedition) and Teroka - both are natural history documentaries aired at Kompas TV.

Based on my professional background, I was invited to be a lecturer at Swiss-German University to teach photojournalism and media production (2011-2017).  I was also a mentor at PannaFoto Institute for their Permata Photojournalist Grant programme.  With UNICEF Indonesia, I developed community digital storytelling as a development tool for Indonesian youth.


Now, I am pursuing my other passion: becoming a marine biologist.  Currently, I am doing my PhD in marine biology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, about sponges!