by Drew Hopper, New South Wales

Runner-up, Botanical category, 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year



by Paula McManus, South Australia

Finalist, Animal Portrait category, 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

HOOKED (details)

HOOKED (details)

by Matt Tworkowski, New South Wales

Finalist, Threatened Species category, 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

RED FOX (detail)

RED FOX (detail)

by Mark Doro, New South Wales

Finalist, Animal Portrait category, 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year



by Georgina Steytler, Western Australia

Winner, Portfolio Prize. Finalist, Animal Behaviour category, 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

SALT STACKS (detail)

SALT STACKS (detail)

by Gary Annett, Western Australia

Finalist, Our Impact category, 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Welcome to the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Exhibition 19 August 2016–3 October 2016
10am-5pm daily
South Australian Museum

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the natural heritage of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions each year.

Photographers from around the world are invited to submit their nature and wildlife photographs from the bioregion of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea. For the purposes of this competition the region of New Guinea is limited to the west by the Wallace Line (the bio-geographical line extending between Bali and Lombok northward through the Makassar Strait between Borneo and Sulawesi). To the east the New Guinea region includes the Bismarck and Solomon Archipelagos and islands of the South West Pacific, with its eastern boundary formed by the International Date Line. Antarctica includes the Sub-Antarctic Islands, which for the purposes of this competition are those south of the Antarctic Convergence or Antarctic Polar Front.

Every year the finalist entries are included in an exhibition developed by the South Australian Museum. The stunning beauty of our natural world is placed on display, with professional, emerging and junior photographers alike showing impeccable timing, patience, artistry and technique to capture superb moments in time. 

In 2016, for the first time the exhibition will also be shown at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

2016 winner announced

Piercing Headache by Matthew McIntosh

The overall winner of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Competition has now been announced! Congratulations to Matthew McIntosh for his talented work with 'Piercing headache.'

The judges said that "Matthew’s piece is a striking photograph offering layers of impact and intrigue – it calls the viewer in for a second look. The bulging orange eyes grab your attention and the mosquitoes add a layer of complexity. Adept storytelling along with bold colours and impactful image design make this a worthy winner."

2016 people's choice winner announced

Orphans by Georgina Steytler

Congratulations to Georgina Steytler, who has been named the winner of the Nature Photographer of the Year people's choice award. These Western Grey kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus) joeys were orphaned when their mothers were hit by cars. Georgina helped care for them until they were old enough to be released back into the wild. Anxious, scared and vulnerable, they never let her out of their sight.

The winners and runners-up of the eleven categories have also been announced.

Animal Portrait

Winner: Red Whip Ambush, painted flutemouth (Aaulostomus chinensis), Wade Hughes (WA)

Runner-up: Blue-eyed Flatback, flatback turtle (Natator depressus), Matt Curnock (Qld)

Animal Behaviour

Winner: Glaucus atlanticus, blue glaucus, Matty Smith (NSW)

Runner-up: Mud skipping, Mudskippers gobiidae Georgina Steytler (WA)

Animal Habitat

Winner: Well, hello! Smallspotted combtooth blenny (Escenius stictus), David Westcott (Qld)

Runner-up: Home Shrinking Home, Pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion), Wayne Osborn (WA)


Winner: Aligning Planets, Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea sp.) Julie Fletcher (SA)

Runner-up: Mist Shower, Drew Hopper (NSW)


Winner: Desert Patterns, Julie Fletcher (SA)

Runner-up: Transcendence, William Patino (NSW)


Winner: Winters Path, Brumby, Equus (equus) caballus, Charles Davis (NSW)

Runner-up: Leura falls creek within a wet and foggy morning, Peter Hill (NSW)


Winner: Swaying dandelion, Hypochaeris sp., Dianne Galbraith (SA)

Runner-up: Float, Joel Durbridge (SA)

Junior (photographers under 18 years of age)

Winner: Rockpool, Ryan North (NSW), aged 17

Runner-up: Toothy Grin, Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Robert Irwin (Qld) aged 12

Our Impact (depicting human impact on nature)

Winner: The Killing Field, Doug Gimesy (Vic)

Runner-up: The Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay – Two Worlds, Alex Varani (Italy)

Threatened Species (threatened, rare, vulnerable or endangered species)

Winner: Palm Grove Dingo, Bret Charman (United Kingdom)

Runner-up: Buller’s Albatross, Thalassarche Bulleri, Georgina Steytler (WA).

Portfolio Prize (best portfolio of size or more images)

Winner: Georgina Steytler (WA)