GUTHEGA WOMBAT (detail)

GUTHEGA WOMBAT (detail)

by Charles Davis, New South Wales

Finalist, Animal Habitat category, 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

JUMPING FOR JOY (detail)

JUMPING FOR JOY (detail)

by Beau Pilgrim, New South Wales

Finalist, Animal Behaviour category, 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

FUNGUS PAIR (detail)

FUNGUS PAIR (detail)

by Raoul Slater, Queensland

Finalist, Botanical category, 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

THE ROCK (detail)

THE ROCK (detail)

by Jack Campbell Shick, Lord Howe Island

Finalist, Monochrome category, 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

THE TIES THAT BIND (detail)

THE TIES THAT BIND (detail)

by Dominic Barrington, New South Wales

Finalist, Our Impact category, 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

INCOMING ORANGE (detail)

INCOMING ORANGE (detail)

by Matthew Jones, New South Wales

Finalist, Threatened Species category, 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year entries now open

Photographers are invited to submit their entries in the 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.

Entry is open to photographers of all ages and nationalities who focus their lenses on the fauna, flora or natural land formations of the ANZANG bioregion: Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region, limited to the west by the Wallace Line and to the east by the International Date Line.

Cash prizes are on offer for category winners and runners-up of each of the competition's nine categories, and the overall winner will receive $10,000 cash and a holiday prize.

Entries will close on Thursday 25 January 2018 at 5pm ACDT.  

 

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.

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition is produced by the South Australian Museum; it open now and continues until 24 September at the South Australian Museum. Museum Members receive unlimited FREE VIP entry.

 

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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