Our top 10 Reader Photos of 2016

The best of our weekly AG Reader Photo competition from this year, showcasing this beautiful country and its wildlife through our readers’ lenses.
By AG Staff December 8, 2016 Reading Time: 3 Minutes

EVERY WEEK, WE highlight not only the beauty of our country’s natural landscapes and wildlife, but the photographic talent of many of our readers through the AG Reader Photo of the Week competition. 

The winning photos are featured on our website and social media, and occasionally in the bi-monthly Australian Geographic journal. Photos can be submitted online, shared on our Flickr Group, or by tagging #ausgeo on Instagram.

In descending order, here were the 10 most-viewed AG Reader Photos of 2016:

10. Under the wheatbelt sky

15 July 2016

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The Milky Way rises over flooded salt lakes near Beacon, Western Australia. Image credit: Kylie Gee / Indigo Storm Photography

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9. Happy wanderer

15 January 2016

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An echidna roams free atop Hanson’s Peak in Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania. Image credit: Jason Stephens

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8. Showered in beauty

4 April 2016

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For the unique experience of walking behind a waterfall, head to the stunning Crystal Shower Falls in NSW. Image credit: Matt Donovan

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7. Stunning serendipity

6 January 2016

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A misplaced sunset resulted in this stunning capture of Gunlom plunge pool, located on Waterfall Creek in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Image credit: Thomas Warren

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6. Warning stance

11 April 2016

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A pelican cranes his neck, mouth agape, to shoo away a silver gull from taking his post. Image credit: Chris Ison

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5. Towering trees

22 January 2016

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Forests east of Melbourne are home to a huge population of mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans), the world’s tallest flowering tree. Image credit: Sam Hammond

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4. Snap it up

11 February 2016

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Sacred kingfishers – like this one photographed in South Australia – forage mainly on the land, feeding on crustaceans, reptiles, insects and their larvae and, occasionally, fish. Image credit: Greg Norman

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3. Fronting the storm

17 June 2016

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Ominous storm clouds blacken the sky over Barwon Heads, Victoria. Image credit: Pete James

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2. Almost there!

6 August 2016

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A feather-horned beetle clambers up his own mountain in central Queensland. Image credit: Teale Britstra

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1. Portrait of the Australian outback

14 October 2016

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This photo looking down an overflow creek of the Umberumberka Reservoir in Silverton was inspired by classical historic artworks depicting the Australian outback. Image credit: Giovanni Cordeiro

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