Antarctic tourist numbers are increasing and there are a number of new expedition ships currently under construction for polar tourism operators around the world. Fortunately there are robust guidelines to which Antarctic tour operators must adhere, aimed at avoiding any negative impact on the wildlife of the globally important southern polar environment.

    Cape Adare, Antarctica

    Canon EOS 7D Mk II, EF 100–400mm f/4.5– 5.6L IS II USM, 1/1000, f/6.3, ISO 200, handheld

    Photo Credit: Andrew Peacock, Queensland



    On walking off the Rig Road to photograph some hawk nests in a cluster of small trees we noticed something substantial in one of the nests. Thinking it could be a rabbit or other carrion we were surprised to discover a sleeping feral cat. The cat, equally surprised, quickly departed its bed.

    Rig Road, Simpson Desert, central Australia

    Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, 35mm, 1/320, f/5.0, ISO 160, handheld

    Photo Credit: Sue Waygood, Victoria



    Coming across this kangaroo during a shoot in the Adelaide Hills really brought home how fast and intense Australia’s bushfi res can be. The man-made fi re that destroyed this forest was one of the scariest South Australia had experienced in a while and a harsh reminder of the precautions that need to be taken during summer.

    Gumeracha, South Australia

    Sony A7R, Sony 16–35mm, 1/20, f/10, ISO 100, tripod

    Photo Credit: Ben Goode, South Australia


    Skeleton Trees is a hauntingly abstract perspective of several colonising impacts seen across much of South Australia’s semi-arid environment. Here the now vulnerable she-oak grassy woodland lies in tatters from the hands of European settlement as a result of intense land clearance, rabbit plagues and associated soil degradation.

    Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

    DJI Phantom 4 Pro, 24mm, 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 100

    Photo Credit: Darren Longbottom, South Australia



    This whaler shark was found washed up on a beach and its jaw was removed. As I watched the lifeless carcass wash around in the gentle swell with a rising full moon behind, it reminded me that sharks are a crucial part of the ecosystem, but face a variety of formidable threats.

    Duesbury Beach, Dalmeny, New South Wales

    Nikon D810, Nikon 16–35mm, 30, f/11, ISO 500, tripod, handheld torch

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan, New South Wales


    A high angle aerial shot of Maroondah Dam. I really liked the contrast between the lush foliage and the mirror-like surface of the water. Reservoirs can have both positive and negative impacts on surrounding ecosystems hence we constantly need to monitor and maintain their integrity.

    Maroondah Reservoir Park, Victoria

    DJI FC6310 Phantom 4 Pro, 1/120, f/4, ISO 100

    Photo Credit: Peter Virag, Victoria


    Hundreds of dead trees form an intriguing shape in the middle of Advancetown Lake. The trees died as the lake’s water level rose, flooding the ground on which they grew.

    Advancetown Lake, Queensland

    DJI Phantom 3 Advanced, 20mm f/2.8, 1/400, f/2.8, ISO 100, gimbal-mounted camera

    Photo Credit: Dave Kan, Queensland



    White’s seahorse thrives in Sydney Harbour’s modified foreshore environment. As I photographed this individual in the early morning light, a plastic wrapper drifted along the opposite side of the swimming enclosure net, momentarily making its way into the frame. Plastic pollution is an emerging threat throughout the world’s oceans.

    Manly Cove, New South Wales

    Nikon D810, Sigma 15mm, 1/125, f/22, ISO 100, two Ikelite DS161 strobes, Nauticam housing

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan, New South Wales

    The AG Nature Photographer of the Year Awards are sponsored by Coral Expeditions.

    Photo Credit: Coral Expeditions

AG Nature Photographer of the Year 2018: Our impact shortlist

By AG STAFF | June 18, 2018

These photographs reveal the human impact on nature – be it terrestrial, marine or atmospheric. The impact could be either positive or negative. These photos will be exhibited at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide (24 August – 11 November 2018 ) and the Australian Museum in Sydney (24 August to 27 January)