FAIRY DUST

    Viewed in this photograph from the middle of the high reaches of the Snowy River, this spot is normally waist deep water. During the coldest parts of winter the river all but disappears under the blowing snow and ice of the main range. With no trees to block the wind, the snow banks grow higher and higher, moving snow and building ice until only the faintest hints of the river remain.

    Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales

    Nikon D850, Nikon 70–200 f2.8, 1/3200, f/10, ISO 320, handheld

    Photo Credit: Charles Davis, New South Wales

    SURVIVING THE FALLS

    Exploring unnamed creeks in Tasmania can turn up hidden treasures such as this waterfall in the Preolenna area. The chaos at the bottom of the fall and the plant clinging for survival behind the water curtain are what caught my attention.

    Preolenna, Tasmania

    Nikon D810, Nikon 24–70mm f2.8, 8, f/9, ISO 100, NISI polariser and 6 stop ND, tripod

    Photo Credit: Jamie Richey, Tasmania

    TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

    After numerous failed attempts, visiting the same location nearly
    every afternoon, I was finally rewarded with atmospheric skies and
    crystal-clear water, resulting in this dynamic scene combining the
    terrestrial and marine worlds. The formations in the sand below
    the water are the result of the continual rise and fall of the ocean.

    Hyams Beach, New South Wales

    Canon EOS 5D Mk IV, Canon EF 15mm f2.8 fisheye, 1/8, f/18, ISO 125, two INON Z-240 strobes, AquaTech Elite 5D4 water housing, handheld

    Photo Credit: Jordan Robins, New South Wales

    BARRON FALLS

    When Barron Falls (Din Din) is in flood, the usually tranquil scene is
    transformed into a tumultuous cataract as huge volumes of water make their way to the coastal plain below. The sheer violence of this display, coupled with the deafening roar, makes it an unforgettable experience.

    Barron Falls, Kuranda, Queensland

    Pentax X-5, 28.3mm, 1/320, f/5, ISO 100, handheld

    Photo Credit: Neil Pritchard, Queensland

    THROUGH THE CURTAIN

    A small waterfall curtains the rainforest of the Great Western Tiers World Heritage Area.

    Great Western Tiers World Heritage Area, Tasmania

    Nikon D800, Nikon 16–35mm f4, 6, f/16, ISO 100, polarising filter, tripod

    Photo Credit: Nick Monk, Tasmania

    SURGE

    As the natural force of the ocean comes crashing down onto the shallow seabed, a surging force develops powerful vortexes stretching over the top of the wave, pushing sand upward to the surface. A moment I have envisioned ever since shooting aerials – finding beauty in the chaos.

    North Avoca Beach, New South Wales

    DJI Phantom 4, 3.6mm, 1/640, f/2.8, ISO 100

    Photo Credit: Reed Plummer, New South Wales

    THE SECRET FALLS

    Named by the local walking community, the Secret Falls entice photographers and there are many similar (in composition) photos of this place on the internet. Those are not what I want. I would rather not take photos than imitate the same action. But I was very lucky to find this spider web in my two days of continuous
    exploration.

    Wellington Park, Tasmania

    Nikon D810, 14–24mm f2.8, 2, 4 & 30, f/8, f/18 & f/5.6, Lee Little Stopper ND6 tripod

    Photo Credit: Shi Fei, Victoria

    RAGING TIDE

    The Three Sisters sea stacks are located in Tongaporutu, New Zealand. The tide rose to nearly 2.5m when I took the photograph. The huge rock with the triangle shape seen in this shot collapsed last year due to erosion.

    Tongaporutu, New Zealand

    Sony a7R II, Canon EF16–35mm f2.8 II USM, 0.8, f /11, ISO 320, three stop GND filter, tripod

    Photo Credit: Tim Fan, New South Wales

    CHAMPAGNE POOL

    Champagne Pool is one of the most colourful geothermal attractions in
    New Zealand. The cloudy weather makes the naturally coloured pool really pop out.

    Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand

    Sony a7R II, Canon EF16–35mm f2.8 II USM, 1/15, f/13, ISO 100, tripod

    Photo Credit: Tim Fan, New South Wales

    ABOVE

    A latticework of red salt and lime green mangrove reveals itself at low tide on Faure Island in Shark Bay. Nestled in azure waters between the Peron Peninsula and mainland Western Australia, Faure Island is critically important for the conservation of Australia’s threatened mammals because it is entirely free of feral predators.

    Faure Island, Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Western Australia

    Sony A7RIII, Sony 85mm f1.8, 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 400, handheld, captured at 1500 feet from a Cessna 207, doors off

    Photo Credit: Tim Wrate, New South Wales

    ARCHIAC

    Exploration plays a big role in my photography and it was clear from the maps that this valley leading to Mt D’Archiac would make for a fun and productive trip in the Southern Alps. I
    spent a night here with a friend and we were treated to a spectacular sky and humorous company of some local kea.

    Southern Alps, New Zealand

    Sony a7R ii, Sony 16–35mm f2.8, 1/13, f/11, ISO 200, handheld

    Photo Credit: William Patino, New Zealand

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

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AG Nature Photographer of the Year 2019: Landscape shortlist

By AG STAFF | June 27, 2019

This category asked for photographs of landscape or seascape with minimal evidence of human settlement or interference. These photos will be exhibited at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide from Friday 16 August until Sunday 10 November 2019.