News | Created 30 Mar 2017
The finalists’ and winners’ entries for the 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition will go on display at the Museum of the Great Southern next weekend.
A remarkable image of an orange-eyed tree frog (Litoria chloris) won the competition. Piercing Headache by Matthew McIntosh of Queensland captures the male frog being stung by bloodthirsty mosquitoes.
Museum of the Great Southern Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said she hopes the exhibition’s visitors will be inspired by the incredible beauty and complexity of our natural world.
“Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year is a stunning exhibition which allows you to see places and details you may never see in person,” Ms Wilsher-Saa said.
The Portfolio Prize was awarded to Western Australian photographer Georgina Steytler for entering the best portfolio of six or more entries. One of those entries, A Fishy Present, was captured at Bremer Bay. It shows a crested tern (Thalasseaus bergii) in flight at Bremer Bay looking for a mate willing to accept his precious gift: a fish.
The 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition will be on display at the Museum of the Great Southern from 8 April until 21 May 2017.
The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition is a partnership between the South Australian Museum and Australian Geographic. Open to photographers of all ages, skill levels and nationalities, the competition asks people to submit images of fauna, ﬂora or landscapes in Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region.
South Australian Museum Director Brian Oldman said judges worked through a record 2,171 photographs for the 2016 competition.
“The spectacular images entered to the competition reveal the region’s diverse and stunning beauty, and the exhibition of finalist entries highlight the roles that museums play in helping all people connect with the natural world,” Mr Oldman said.
The exhibition is free. Entry to the Museum of the Great Southern is by donation.
Media and Publicity Officer
Western Australian Museum