Best Australian Photography 2010

By Rebecca Baker 10 June 2010
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Photographers around the nation have been given the highest accolade for their amazing images.


Stunning images from busy city streets to the depths of the ocean have been recognised in the Australian Professional Photography Awards announced earlier this week.

More than 2500 images were entered into the competition this year and winners include regular Australian Geographic contributor, Darren Jew, whose photograph of a sea lion was shot on location for an upcoming story.

Darren won the award for Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year for his work capturing underwater marine life. He says that an underwater photographer needs time, patience and commitment, but he wouldn’t trade it for the world.

“Every encounter is something unique and exciting. When the animals join in the fun, it takes the encounter to another level… marine mammals can be very curious, displaying a level of consciousness that makes you feel like you’re in a two-way conversation,” Darren says.     

Taking such amazing photos is not just about the technical aspects, says Darren. “It’s one thing to come across a marine animal; it’s another to have all the important ingredients that blend to make a successful image come together at that moment in time.”

In other images, photographers capture vibrant scenes from around the world, giving us a window into their careers and various topics.

Some photos, like those from Curtin, ACT-based Emily Hanna, provide an in-depth insight into Australia’s Indigenous communities. While other images, like the one Joseph Koprek captured of the Peggy Guggen Museum in Venice, show the heart-wrenching moments of people in need.

Says Joseph of his award-winning photo: “[It’s] a beautiful city in itself. I noticed a few beggars in Venice and thought I’d depict a ‘real’ moment of Venice.”