Cast your vote for your favourite photograph in this year’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition for your chance to win the ultimate Sydney staycation. Explore the winner, runner-up and finalist images in the image gallery below, and submit your vote now.

By voting in the People's Choice competition you could WIN the ultimate Sydney staycation prize pack.

Prize details

  • A luxury two-night stay at boutique Sydney hotel, Paramount House Hotel; including your choice of breakfast each morning from Paramount Coffee Project
  • An intimate dinner for two at Poly Surry Hills
  • A private tour of the Westpac Long Gallery for two people. Join exhibition curator, Fran Dorey, as she uncovers the hidden stories behind the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum.

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  1. Review the exhibition photographs displayed by Category in the image gallery below.
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Top image credit: Shortfin mako shark © Richard Robinson


Categories

Animal Portrait

Leopard anemone, Antiparactis sp.

LEOPARD ANEMONE

Leopard anemone, Antiparactis sp.

Richard Robinson, New Zealand

Scaly-tailed possum,  Wyulda squamicaudata

WYULDA

Scaly-tailed possum, Wyulda squamicaudata

Matt Clancy, Victoria

Green tree python, Morelia viridis

MOTIONLESS

Green tree python, Morelia viridis

Matt Wright, Queensland

Western pygmy possum, Cercartetus concinnus

THE SMALLEST POSSUM

Western pygmy possum, Cercartetus concinnus

Jannico Kelk, Queensland

Leopard seal, Hydrurga leptonyx

LEOPARD SEAL

Leopard seal, Hydrurga leptonyx

Greg Lecoeur, France

Western grey kangaroo, Macropus fuliginosus

KANGAROO SILHOUETTE

Western grey kangaroo, Macropus fuliginosus

Lea Scaddan, Western Australia

Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae

THE GUARDIAN

Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae

Wayne Osborn, Western Australia

Silver gulls, Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

WE ARE HERE!

Silver gull, Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Les Imgrund, Western Australia

Satin bowerbird, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

SATIN SPOTLIGHT

Satin bowerbird, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus,

David Stowe, New South Wales

Little blue penguin, Eudyptula minor

KORORĀ – LITTLE BLUE PENGUIN

Little penguin, Eudyptula minor

Richard Robinson, New Zealand

Leaf scorpionfish, Taenianotus triacanthus

GLOW FROM WITHIN

Leaf scorpionfish, Taenianotus triacanthus

Andy Wingate, Queensland

Papuan jellyfish, Mastigias papua

GOLDEN MEDUSA

Papuan jellyfish, Mastigias papua

Alex Kydd, Western Australia


Animal Behaviour

Cownose rays, Rhinoptera sp.

A FEVER OF COWNOSE RAYS

Cownose rays, Rhinoptera sp.

Alex Kydd, Western Australia

Jewel anemones, Corynactis australis

SPAWNING JEWEL ANEMONES

Jewel anemone, Corynactis australis

Richard Robinson, New Zealand

Football octopus, Ocythoe tuberculata

SALPY RIDER

Football octopus, Ocythoe tuberculata

Salp, Salpidae

Crispin Middleton, New Zealand

Humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae

THE HEAT RUN

Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae

Scott Portelli, New South Wales

Family of emperor penguins, Aptenodytes forsteri

FAMILY WALK

Emperor penguin, Aptenodytes forsteri

Joshua Holko, Victoria

Eastern horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus megaphyllus

THE MARVEL OF FLIGHT

Eastern horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus megaphyllus

Jasmine Vink, Brisbane

Clown nudibranch, Ceratosoma amoenumare

SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHER

Clown nudibranch, Ceratosoma amoenum

Matty Smith, New South Wales

Grey-headed flying fox, Pteropus poliocephalusin

FATAL ATTRACTION

Grey-headed flying-fox, Pteropus poliocephalus

Doug Gimesy, Victoria

Gentoo penguins, Pygoscelis papua

FLIGHT OF THE PENGUINS

Gentoo penguin, Pygoscelis papua

Andrew Dickman, South Australia

Australian pied oystercatcher, Haematopus longirostris

LIKE THIS MUM?

Australian pied oystercatcher, Haematopus longirostris

Les Imgrund, Western Australia

Rainbow bee-eaters, Merops ornatusmigrate

HUDDLE UP, IT’S COLD!

Rainbow bee-eater, Merops ornatus

Gary Meredith, Western Australia

Australasian gannet, Morus serrator

GANNET DISCIPLINE

Australasian gannet, Morus serrator

Kim Wormald, Victoria

Gentoo penguin, Pygoscelis papua

CRUNCH TIME

Gentoo penguin, Pygoscelis papua

Wayne Sorensen, Queensland

Brown jellyfish, Phyllorhiza punctataseen

CASCADE

Brown jellyfish, Phyllorhiza punctata

Andrew Davoll, Western Australia


Animal Habitat

Crabeater seals, Lobodon carcinophagus

FROZEN MOBILE HOME

Crabeater seal, Lobodon carcinophagus

Greg Lecoeur, France

Emperor penguin, Aptenodytes forsteri

LONE EMPEROR

Emperor penguin, Aptenodytes forsteri

Justin Gilligan, New South Wales

Doubleheader, Coris bulbifrons

MOUNTAINS MEETS THE SEA

Doubleheader, Coris bulbifrons

Jordan Robins, New South Wales

Central bearded dragon, Pogona vitticeps

STORM DRAGON

Central bearded dragon, Pogona vitticeps

Jari Cornelis, Western Australia

Peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus

FALCON FOCUS

Peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus

Toby Zerna, New South Wales

Giant frogfish, Antennarius commerson

GIANT FROGFISH

Giant frogfish, Antennarius commerson

Justin Gilligan, New South Wales

Southern royal albatross, Diomedea epomophora

COURTING ROYALS

Southern royal albatross, Diomedea epomophora

Justin Gilligan, New South Wales

Saltwater shrimp, Periclimenes colemani

SHRIMP PERICLIMENES COLEMANI LIVING IN A FIRE URCHIN

Saltwater shrimp, Periclimenes colemani

Fire urchin, Asthenosoma varium

Neil Vincent, New South Wales

Coastal carpet python, Morelia spilota mcdowelli

RODENT CONTROL

Coastal carpet python, Morelia spilota mcdowelli

Ethan Mann, Queensland

Black kite, Milvus migrans

FIRESTORM

Black kite, Milvus migrans

Raoul Slater, Queensland


Botanical

Fungi stairway

ENCHANTED FOREST

Kevin De Vree, Belgium

Prickly moses, Acacia pulchella

WATTLE GLOW

Prickly moses, Acacia pulchella

Jarrah, Eucalyptus marginata

Elizabeth Oxnam, Western Australia

Green leafy plant

A TOUCH OF LIGHT

Stephen Bridger, Scotland

Waratah, Telopea speciosissima

BEACON IN THE NIGHT

Waratah, Telopea speciosissima

Matthew Stephens, New South Wales

Acacia tree sap, Acacia sp.

RESIN

Acacia, Acacia sp.

Dharshini Devasagayam, South Australia

Sugar pine, Pinus lambertianais

THROUGH THE PINES

Sugar pine, Pinus lambertiana

Adam Resch, New South Wales

Bull kelp, Durvillaea potatorum

CASTAWAY KELP

Bull kelp, Durvillaea potatorum

Justin Gilligan, New South Wales

Ghost gum, Corymbia aparrerinja

GHOST GUM

Ghost gum, Corymbia aparrerinja

Raoul Slater, Queensland

Colourful eucalyptus trees

AUTUMN PALETTE

Reed Plummer, New South Wales

Maroonhood orchid, Pterostylis pedunculata

HOODIES

Upright maroonhood, Pterostylis pedunculata

Beth Baker, Western Australia

Nothofagus gunnii

GONDWANAN LINK

Fagus, Nothofagus gunnii

Nick Monk, Tasmania


Landscape

White sand dunes

WINDSWEPT

Richard Vandewalle, Queensland

Lake MacLeod

BLUE DRAGON

Steven Manolakis, New South Wales

Tree covered mountain

VANISH

Dylan Fox, Western Australia

Sandstone patterns

SANDSTONE PATTERNS

Raoul Slater, Queensland

Mullinger swamp

SUNRISE AT THE SWAMP

Paula McManus, South Australia

Kosciuszko main range

THE MAIN RANGE

Karl Strand, New South Wales

Bolton stormy ocean

BOLT ON STORMY OCEAN

Mat Beetson, Western Australia

Antarctic peninsula

WORLD’S END

Wayne Sorensen, Queensland

Tidal water over dried salt bed

TORN EARTH

Mat Beetson, Western Australia

Lake Eyre surface

MOONSCAPE

Julie Fletcher, South Australia


Monochrome

Common wombat, Vombatus ursinus

PHIL’S WORLD

Common wombat, Vombatus ursinus

Charles Davis, New South Wales

Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae

A QUICK BREATH

Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae

Pam Osborn, Western Australia

Mangrove lined estuary

ALONE

Lianne B Loach, Queensland

False killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens

KILLER INSTINCTS

False killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens

Scott Portelli, New South Wales

Huntsman spider, Family Sparassidae

EYE TO EYE

Huntsman spider, Family sparassidae

Yicai Chang, Australian Capital Territory

Grey anglerfish

FACE OFF

Grey anglerfish (aka frogfish), Family Antennariidae

Andy Wingate, Queensland

Souther pygmy leatherjackets, Brachaluteres jacksonianus

PYGMY CLENCH

Southern pygmy leatherjacket, Brachaluteres jacksonianus

Peter McGee, New South Wales

New Zealand fur seal, Arctocephalus forsteri

PLAYTIME

New Zealand fur seal, Arctocephalus forsteri

Alex V.J. Steffé, Queensland

Eastern grey kangaroo

FLUFFY EASTERN GREY

Eastern grey kangaroo, Macropus giganteus

Jennie Stock, Western Australia

Sand dunes

SCALES

Dylan Fox, Western Australia


Junior

Dainty tree frog, Litoria gracilenta

GRACEFUL AND GREEN

Dainty green tree frog, Litoria gracilenta

Tess Poyner, New South Wales

Scrub python, Simalia kinghorni

SCRUB PYTHON

Australian scrub python, Simalia kinghorni

Robert Irwin, Queensland

Song thrush, Turdus philomelos

SONG THRUSH

Song thrush, Turdus philomelos

Aidan Cimarosti, New South Wales

Green malachite

GREEN MALACHITE

Josephine Oehler, South Australia

Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas

GREEN SEA TURTLE

Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas

Robert Irwin, Queensland

Woma python, Phyllurus platurus

BRIGALOW BEAUTY

Woma python, Aspidites ramsayi

Noah Jackson, Queensland

Southern leaf-tailed gecko, Phyllurus platurus)

GORGEOUS GECKO

Southern leaf-tailed gecko, Phyllurus platurus

McKinley Moens, New South Wales

Lace monitor, Varanus varius

CAMOUFLAGED SCAVENGER

Lace monitor, Varanus varius

Kjell Hensen, Northern Territory

Orange fan fungus, Anthracophyllum archeri

ORANGE FAN

Orange fan, Anthracophyllum archeri

Tess Poyner, New South Wales


Our Impact

Little penguin, Eudyptula minor

THE WRECK OF THE PENGUINS

Little penguin, Eudyptula minor

Richard Robinson, New Zealand

Common brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK FOR ME

Common brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula

Doug Gimesy, Victoria

Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

FIELD OF WHITE

Brett Monroe Garner, Western Australia

Australian sea lion, Neophoca cinerea

INJURED SEA LION

Australian sea lion, Neophoca cinerea

Nicolas Remy, New South Wales

Peacock mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus

ONE MAN’S RUBBISH IS ANOTHER CRITTER’S CASTLE

Peacock mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus

Ross Gudgeon, Western Australia

Brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula

THE PEEKING POSSUM

Common brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula

Gary Meredith, Western Australia

Shingleback skink, Tiliqua rugosa

MONOGAMOUS

Shingleback skink, Tiliqua rugosa

Lachlan Gilding, Queensland

Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas

DEATH TRAP

Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas

Justin Gilligan, New South Wales

Domesticated cat, Felis catus

A HUNTER IN THE SHADOWS

Cat, Felis catus

Ethan Mann, Queensland

Red stained wastewaters

INCIDENTAL ART

Jarrad Parker, Western Australia


Threatened Species

Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii

TASMANIAN DEVIL

Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii

Status: Endangered

Jasmine Vink, Queensland

New Zealand rock wren, Xenicus gilviventris

THE ANGEL IS IN THE DETAIL

New Zealand rock wren, Xenicus gilviventris

Status: Endangered

Scott Butler, New South Wales

Leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea

LEATHERBACK SMILE

Leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea

Status: Vulnerable

Jason Isley, United Kingdom

Carnaby’s black-cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus latirostris

FLYING FOR FUN

Carnaby’s black-cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus latirostris

Status: Endangered

Keith Lightbody, Western Australia

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) carcass and dingo (Canis lupus dingo)

CYCLE OF LIFE

Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas

Dingo, Canis lupus dingo

Status: Endangered

Katerina Gebrtova, Queensland

Shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus

BLUE LIGHTNING

Shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus

Status: Endangered

Richard Robinson, New Zealand

Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas

GHOSTLY TURTLES

Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas

Status: Endangered

Jordan Robins, New South Wales

Southern royal albatross, Diomedea epomophora

LET THE GAM BEGIN

Southern royal albatross, Diomedea epomophora

Status: Vulnerable

Gillianne Tedder, New South Wales

Celebes crested macaque, Macaca nigra

FACING EXTINCTION

Celebes crested macaque, Macaca nigra

Status: Critically endangered

Kevin De Vree, Belgium

Fairy tern chick, Sternula nereis

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

Fairy tern, Sternula nereis

Status: Endangered

Claire Greenwell, Western Australia


Portfolio

Blue-banded bee, Amegilla cingulata

ROOSTING BEE

Blue-banded bee, Amegilla cingulata

Ethan Mann, Queensland

Cascade tree frog, Litoria pearsoniana

THROUGH THE FERN

Cascade tree frog, Litoria pearsoniana

Ethan Mann, Queensland

Long-nosed bandicoot, Perameles nasutaon

THE BACK-SHED BANDICOOT

Long-nosed bandicoot, Perameles nasuta

Ethan Mann, Queensland

Coastal carpet python, Morelia spilota mcdowelli

RODENT CONTROL

Coastal carpet python, Morelia spilota mcdowelli

Ethan Mann, Queensland

Domesticated cat, Felis catus

A HUNTER IN THE SHADOWS

Cat, Felis catus

Ethan Mann, Queensland

Northern laughing tree frog, Litoria rothiihas

IN THE SPEAKER

Northern laughing tree frog, Litoria rothii

Ethan Mann, Queensland


Enter the People's Choice competition

Please select your favourite Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year image, and you could WIN the ultimate Sydney staycation prize pack.

Exhibition partners

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 is produced by the South Australian Museum and presented in partnership with the Australian Museum.

The South Australian Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of Dr Stuart Miller AM, founder and patron of ANZANG, and his sister Mrs Alison Huber in memory of their parents, Dr Robert and Mrs Clarice Miller, both late of Waikerie, South Australia.


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Threatened Species Category Sponsor


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Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2020

Witness nature at its most dramatic, graceful and unexpected with this stunning photography exhibition celebrating the diversity of the Australian, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions. Image credit: Green Sea Turtle by Robert Irwin

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