Rainforest grasshopper

ANIMAL PORTRAIT – Runner-up

I found this engaging grasshopper nymph in lowland rainforest behind Mission Beach. As I approached, it started swaying from side to side as if assessing the lens. The play of light on the compound eyes created the illusion of pupils gazing back at the camera.

Mission Beach, North Queensland

Nikon D70, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro lens, 1/500, f22, single flash

by Andrew Ian Bell, Northern Territory