Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition: The winning images

A humpback whale carcass being circled on the ocean floor is the winning image in the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. 

Illustrating the notion of life and death, judges said the image, taken by Ashlee Jansen, was a reminder of how harsh nature and the food chain could be, yet an important part of the natural ecosystem.

The competition, which began in 2004 as ANZANG Nature Photography, is a partnership between the South Australian Museum and Australian Geographic.

The museum will stage an exhibition featuring all finalists from Saturday August 27 until the end of October.

Here’s a look at the winners and some of the runners-up across the ten categories:

Animals in Nature

Winner: Night Light Dining, Jannico Kelk, Queensland. (Jannico Kelk: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)
Seahorse in dark water.
Runner-up: Midnight Seahorse, Matt Testoni, Tasmania.(Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Botanical

A branch is surrounded by pink clouds in darkness.
Winner: A pink tomb, James Dorey, South Australia. (James Dorey: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)
Aerial view looking down at mountain of greenery against mist rising off blue ocean.
Runner-up: Gnarled Mossy Cloud Forest, Justin Gilligan, NSW. (Justin Gilligan: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Threatened Species

Large blue whale feeds off a school of fish. It is surrounded by fish in the blue ocean.
Winner: Ocean Giant, Jake Wilton, NSW.(Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)
Shark stars at camera, its nose close to surface of water, mouth open exposing sharp teeth.
Runner-up: Head On, Matty Smith, NSW.(Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Landscape

Sun peaks behind snow covered mountain tops. Dark skies surrounds.
Winner: Breaking Dawn, Yan Zhang, NSW. (Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)
Dark clouds billowing over a brown field. Trees in the distance.
Runner-up: Forces of Nature, Ellie Morris, Western Australia. (Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Urban Animals

Blue light shines through a tunnel in the darkness.
The Tunnel of Eerie Blue Light, Zichen Wang, NSW. (Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)
Green lizzard has eyes closed as it clutches to green pole.
Runner-up: Sleeping Dragon, Gary Meredith, Western Australia. (Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Monochrome

Black and white view looks up at many sharks swimming above with light from surface shining down into dark waters.
Winner: Fish Rock Cave, Matt Krumins, Victoria. (Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Our Impact (depicting human impact on nature)

Animal claws caught in a barbed wire fence.
Winner: Snagged, Alan Kwok, NSW.(Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Astrophotography

Leafless tress stand hauntingly in night as mist rises in the background under a starry sky.
Winner: The Outlier, Jason Perry, Victoria. (Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Portfolio Prize

Underwater image of fish swimming against aqua coloured water.
Portfolio Prize, best portfolio of six images with a shared theme, winner: Alejandro Trevino, NSW. (Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Junior (photographers under 18 years old)

Crab in sand.
Winner: Impermanence, Cian O’Hagan, NSW. 

 (Supplied: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2022)

Posted , updated 

Kenneth Proto

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