SMILE IT'S CONTAGIOUS (detail)

SMILE IT'S CONTAGIOUS (detail)

by McKinley Moens, New South Wales

Finalist, Junior category, 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

AUSTRALIAN SEA LION FAMILY PORTRAIT (detail)

AUSTRALIAN SEA LION FAMILY PORTRAIT (detail)

by Matthew Smith, New South Wales

Finalist, Threatened Species category, 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year8

FACING OFF WITH AN ANEMONEFISH (detail)

FACING OFF WITH AN ANEMONEFISH (detail)

by Frederieke Kroon, Queensland

Finalist, Animal Habitat category, 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

PENGUIN VS THE WORLD (detail)

PENGUIN VS THE WORLD (detail)

by Andrew Peacock, Queensland

Finalist, Our Impact category, 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

FISHING SHARKS (detail)

FISHING SHARKS (detail)

by Sean Scott, Queensland

Finalist, Animal Habitat category, 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

BREATHE (detail)

BREATHE (detail)

by Scott Portelli, New South Wales

Finalist, Monochrome category, 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year finalists now online

The finalists for the 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year are now up online. To see all of the 2018 finalist images, click here.  

 

2017 overall winner Justin Gilligan 

A visually striking image of a crowd of spider crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) and a predatory Maori Octopus (Octopus maorum) was judged the winning entry among 2,174 photographs in the 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. ‘Predatory Pursuit’ by Justin Gilligan from New South Wales captured the exact moment the octopus was selecting its prey at Mercury Passage between Maria Island and mainland Tasmania.

 

People’s Choice winner

Photographer Charles Davis of Cooma, NSW, has been named the People’s Choice winner of the 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition at the South Australian Museum for his image ‘Guthega wombat’.

About Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

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. 

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