NEXT GALLERY: Animal behaviour shortlist

    See the shortlisted photos from the 2016 AG Nature Photographer of the Year Animal Behaviour Category here.

    Photo Credit: JUSTIN GILLIGAN, NEW SOUTH WALES

    Conservation Superstars

    Brown teal, Anas aucklandica

    Status: Vulnerable

    These birds represent a successful conservation story where huge obstacles were overcome to put in place actions that have reversed the declines of many once-threatened species. To see them happily dabbling amongst the giant kelp was one of those ‘holy grail’ moments for me.

    Enderby Island, New Zealand

    Nikon D800, Nikon 80-400 VR ED 4.5-5.6, 1/800, f/7.1, ISO 3200, handheld

    Photo Credit: Henry Cook, New South Wales

    Mount Lewis Spiny Crayfish

    Mount Lewis spiny crayfish, Euastacus fleckeri

    Status: Endangered

    The Euastacus genus is Australia’s largest family of freshwater crayfish, occupying rivers and streams in the eastern states. When threatened most species will raise their claws to show the bright colours below. The Mount Lewis spiny crayfish (Euastacus fleckeri) is one of the larger and more colourful spiny crayfish species.

    Mount Lewis, Julatten, Queensland.

    Canon 6D, Canon 16-35 mm L, 1/60, f/16, ISO 2500, 2x Yongnuo 565EX speedlights, handheld

    Photo Credit: Ryan Francis, Queensland

    Palm Grove Dingo

    Dingo, Canis lupus

    Status: Vulnerable

    Having spent an hour following this dingo, I waited until she went to lay in the cool shade of a grove of small palms. I wanted to capture an intimate portrait of this rare wild dog in its forest habitat, hoping it may change people’s perceptions of this species.

    Fraser Island, Queensland

    Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF 300 mm f2.8 IS II USM, 1/500, f/3.5, ISO 2500, handheld

    Photo Credit: Bret Charman, United Kingdom

    Hanging on

    Mallee emu-wren, Stipiturus mallee

    Status: Endangered

    The secretive mallee emu-wren faces a tough struggle for survival. The species is now restricted to several national parks in western Victoria. This shot was taken when one emu-wren left its spinifex cover, alighting momentarily between the branches of a stunted tree.

    Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Victoria

    Canon 5D Mk III, Canon EF 600 mm f/4 IS II USM + 1.4X III, 1/1000, f/8, ISO 2000, monopod

    Photo Credit: Michael Hanvey, New South Wales

    Four in Flight

    Carnaby’s black cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus (Zanda) latirostris

    Status: Endangered

    A small family of five endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoos (four in flight, two female adults and two juveniles, and one other in the tree) take flight from feeding atop of eucalypts in the Fitzgerald Biosphere, southern Western Australia.

    Fitzgerald River National Park, Western Australia

    Sony ILCE-7R, Leica Elmerit-M 90 mm f2.8, 1/2500, f/4.0, ISO 125, handheld, Metabones Leica M to E mount

    Photo Credit: Geoff Hunter, New South Wales

    Close Encounter

    Grey nurse shark, Carcharias taurus

    Status: Critically endangered

    The Australian east coast grey nurse shark is a critically endangered species. Historically, they were hunted nearly to extinction during the 1950–60s by spearfishing and the commercial fishing industry. They were the first shark in the world to be afforded protective status in 1984. Their numbers have since not recovered.

    Montague Island, New South Wales

    Nikon D810, Tokina 10-17, 1/160, f/10, ISO 250, Inon Z 240 strobes, handheld

    Photo Credit: Matt Tworkowski, New South Wales

    Buller’s Albatross

    Buller’s albatross, Thalassarche bulleri

    Status: Near threatened

    The boat was rocking in a large swell; it was pouring with rain; and I was being sick overboard when this stunning Buller’s albatross came in close. Sometimes a photo is worth the pain. Buller’s albatross is a common by-catch from long-line fisheries in the Southern Ocean.

    Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

    Canon EOS 7D Mk II, Canon EF 300 mm f/4L IS USM, 1/3200, f/5.6, ISO 640, handheld

    Photo Credit: Georgina Steytler, Western Australia

    Acidic Survivors

    Cooloola sedge frogs, Litoria cooloolensis

    Status: Endangered

    Cooloola sedge frogs (Litoria cooloolensis) are a small, endangered species that specifically occupy acidic wallum lakes in south east Queensland. It was encouraging to see this pair in amplexus, the male clasping on to the females back in preparation for egg laying and external fertilisation.

    Cooloola National Park, Queensland

    Canon EOS 5D Mk III, EF 100 mm f/2.8L macro IS USM, 1/160, f/18, ISO 160, Canon 580EXii speedlite with soft box, handheld

    Photo Credit: Jasmine Vink, Queensland

AG Nature Photographer of the Year 2016: Threatened species shortlist

By AG STAFF | June 10, 2016

In this category, we asked for photos of flora or fauna that have been deemed threatened, rare, vulnerable or endangered. This shortlist is a reminder of how many beautiful animals face extinction if we do not act. These photos will be exhibited at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide (18 August to 3 October) and the Australian Museum in Sydney (19 August to 9 October).