UNKNOWN BUT BEAUTIFUL (detail)

UNKNOWN BUT BEAUTIFUL (detail)

by Alex Pike, New South Wales

Finalist, Threatened Species category, 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

ON ICE (detail)

ON ICE (detail)

by Jack C. Shick, Lord Howe Island

Finalist, Monochrome category, 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

THE EXCHANGE (detail)

THE EXCHANGE (detail)

by Shelley Pearson, Western Australia

Finalist, Threatened Species category, 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

RAGING TIDE (detail)

RAGING TIDE (detail)

by Tim Fan, New South Wales

Finalist, Landscape category, 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

SPIDER ON ICE (detail)

SPIDER ON ICE (detail)

by Raoul Slater, Queensland

Finalist, Animal Habitat category, 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

LEMON-SCENTED SUN ORCHID (detail)

LEMON-SCENTED SUN ORCHID (detail)

by Georgina Steytler, Western Australia

Finalist, Botanical category, 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

TRASH OR TREASURE (detail)

TRASH OR TREASURE (detail)

by Matt Wright, Queensland

Finalist, Our Impact category, 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year winners announced!

Fin Whales Demise by Mat Beetson

The 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year winners have been announced!

This year the Overall winner was a thought-provoking image of a beached Fin Whale being circled by sharks. “Fin Whale’s Demise” by Mat Beetson captured the surreal moment with a drone while on a photographic trip with a friend.

The judges said that: “Despite seeing millions of nature photographs over the decades, we have never seen anything that remotely resembles this image. Unique and exciting, it reveals incredible beauty in death. Rather than being an inanimate scene, the image is given life by the circling shark, which in turn reminds us of the ecological function of the dead whale, providing food and energy to the living organisms around it. The image surprises by revealing such a shocking scene in a beautiful setting, and speaks volumes of the new dimension the latest technology has opened up for photographers.”

All category winners and runners up can be seen in the 2019 gallery.

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Exhibition is on at the South Australian Museum until 10 November 2019. Buy tickets online or in the Museum shop.

 

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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