FISHING SHARKS

    WHALER SHARK, CARCHARHINIDAE

    I was flying my drone over a huge bait ball with loads of bronze whaler sharks feeding when I saw them start to move closer to shore. I quickly grabbed a long lens, fi red a few test shots and on the very next wave these two sharks almost washed onto the beach.

    Red Bluff , Quobba Station, southern tip of Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

    Canon 5D4, 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS II USM, 1/2000, f/8, ISO 500, handheld

    Photo Credit: Sean Scott, Queensland

    CUTTLEFISH EMBRACE

    GIANT CUTTLEFISH, SEPIA APAMA

    The Australian giant cuttlefish aggregation is truly one of nature’s great events.
    Thousands of cuttlefi sh congregate in the shallow waters around the Spencer Gulf in South Australia to mate and perpetuate the species. The cuttlefish, like alien beings, display an array of patterns and textures.

    Whyalla, South Australia

    Canon 5D Mk III, 16–35mm, 1/200, f/14, ISO 320

    Photo Credit: Scott Portelli, New South Wales

    APPROACH

    EASTERN GREY KANGAROO, MACROPUS GIGANTEUS

    As I arrived at the picnic area the snow had just started to fall again. The kangaroos were huddled away in the trees but this male was bold. He made a beeline towards me to see if I had any food to share, like so many tourists to this area.

    Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales

    Nikon D810, Nikon 105 f/2.8, 1/1250, f/2.8, ISO 640, handheld

    Photo Credit: Charles Davis, New South Wales

    TURTLE GARDEN

    GREEN SEA TURTLE, CHELONIA MYDAS

    An expansive field of foliose coral in the Komodo Marine National Park provides an ideal resting place for a juvenile green sea turtle. The iridescent shell of this turtle seemed beautifully matched to the vibrant surrounding corals.

    Komodo Marine National Park, Indonesia

    Nikon D7200, Tokina 10–17mm fi sheye zoom, 1/200, f/8, ISO 100, two Inon Z240, manual power (–0.5 stop), Nauticam NAD7100 housing, 230mm optical dome port

    Photo Credit: Matt Curnock, Queensland

    WAKE UP SLEEPY HEADS

    I had to sneak in to this spot before the birds became aware of my presence and took off . The quieter I tried to be, the louder I was, and as the branches I stood on snapped, a few more birds would wake and take fl ight. The thick fog just added something special to this shot.

    Duck Lagoon, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

    Nikon D800, Nikon 70–200mm, 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 400, RRS tripod

    Photo Credit: Julie Fletcher, South Australia

    ENCHANTED

    WHITE’S SEAHORSE, HIPPOCAMPUS WHITEI

    Low evening sunlight backlights White’s seahorse. Many of this species can be found living on the shallow shark nets beneath the boardwalk in Mosman, Sydney Harbour.

    Mosman, New South Wales

    Nikon D810, Nikkor 8–15mm F3.5–4.5 E ED, 1/125, f/29, ISO 160, two INON Z240 strobes, Aquatica digital water housing and 4-inch glass port

    Photo Credit: Matty Smith, New South Wales

    NOT ANOTHER SUNSET

    While everyone else was enjoying sundowners on the deck of the boat, I enjoyed the sunset in silence, with only the fish for company.

    Arborek Jetty, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

    Nikon D3S, Nikon 16mm, 1/250, f/6.3, ISO 250, Ikelite 161 strobe, Seacam housing

    Photo Credit: Tracey Jennings, UK/Malaysia

    FACING OFF WITH AN ANEMONEFISH

    PINK ANEMONEFISH, AMPHIPRION PERIDERAION

    A pink anemonefish faces off with the photographer as she slowly moves in closer. The transparent anemone, recovering from the 2017 mass bleaching event, gives the scene an ethereal feel.

    Fitzroy Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

    Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 macro, 1/160, f/13.0, ISO 200, two Inon Z240 strobes with diffusers, Olympus PT-EP11 underwater housing and Zen underwater 714 WA-100-EP pen dome, handheld

    Photo Credit: Frederieke Kroon, Queensland

    THE TURTLE TWIST

    GREEN SEA TURTLE, CHELONIA MYDAS

    As the sun sets over the lagoon, a green sea turtle gracefully glides through the crystal-clear water on the Great Barrier Reef. There is a real sense of peace and calm below the water’s surface, which contrasts with the raw, windy and wild conditions above.

    Lady Elliot Island, Queensland

    Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF 16–35mm f/4, 1/125, f/18, ISO 1000, two INON Z240 strobes set to ¼ power, AquaTech Elite 5D3 water housing, AquaTech 8-inch dome port, handheld

    Photo Credit: Jordan Robins, New South Wales

    DUNE RUN

    EMU, DROMAIUS NOVAEHOLLANDIAE

    As evening rapidly approached, the sun started its descent towards the horizon. The shadows of two stray emus can be seen in the middle of the image, just two pinpricks in the vast expansiveness of this pristine dune network that runs along Eyre Peninsula.

    Coff n Bay National Park, South Australia

    DJI Phantom 3, DJI FC300C, 1/1700, f/2.8, ISO 100

    Photo Credit: Josh Tagi, Victoria

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

    Photo Credit: Coral Expeditions

AG Nature Photographer of the Year 2018: Animal habitat shortlist

By AG STAFF | June 13, 2018

In this category, we asked for photos showing animals in the environment in which they live – this environment could be natural or built, and the animal, either native or feral. The only rule was that the animal must not be captive and has claimed the habitat independently. This shortlist shows the beautiful variety of landscapes and animals we enjoy in Australia. 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)