The 2017 Nature Conservancy photography award winners announced
Stunning, award-winning photos showcase Australia's natural beauty.
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Australia, has announced the winners of its annual photography competition, which aims to inspire Australians to engage with nature through photography and celebrate their country's natural beauty.
The winning entries were selected from 4,900 photos submitted by photographers across Australia in categories including landscape, water and wildlife. The photos showcase Australia's diverse natural beauty, with winning shots taken from all over the country.
'Breaching', Queanbeyan, NSW: Winner, People's Choice. (Image Credit: Nitin Jayanand)
The overall winning photo, 'Eye Bath' (pictured, top) was taken by Harrison Warne in Townsville. “This was a species I’d wanted to photography for quite some time, in particular I wanted a photo that showed the stunning colour and patterning in the eye,” Harrison said.
“The night was quite cool and so the gecko was inactive. Every few minutes it would lick both
of its eyes, which is how they clean and keep their eyes moist since Australian geckos don’t
have eyelids. I then set up the frame and waited for the gecko to once again clean his eye," he added.
'Boab at Sunset', Wentworth Point, NSW: Winner, Landscape Category. (Image Credit: Geoff Hutchinson)
'Lake Bonney Milky Way', Lake Bonney, South Australia: Highly commended, Landscape Category. (Image Credit: Luke Hamra)
'Welcome Relief', Newman, Western Australia: Winner, People in Nature Category. (Image Credit: Liam Byrne)
'Reflecting spider', Birkdale, Queensland: Winner, Urban Nature Category. (Image Credit: Emily Williams)
'Aqua Ninja', Coolum Beach, Queensland: Winner, Water Category. (Image Credit: Marlee Currie)
'Is that me?', Cairns, Queensland: Winner, Wacky Wildlife Category. (Image Credit: Donna Rondeau)