KING PAIR CONVERSATION

    KING PENGUIN
    Aptenodytes patagonicus

    An enormous king penguin colony is overwhelming to all of one’s senses. Photographically, it pays to sit and watch for a while to find moments of penguin interaction. Flipping the
    frame upside down and black-and-white processing allows for a different and creative interpretation of a common scene.

    Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island

    Canon EOS 7D Mk II, EF 100–400mm f4.5–5.6 L IS II USM, 1/800, f/10, ISO 400, handheld

    Photo Credit: Andrew Peacock, Queensland

    SONG BREATH

    AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE
    Cracticus tibicen

    On cold mornings, I noticed that when the local magpies sang, you could see hot air coming from their beaks. They usually stand on my outside table so I set up a black-covered box behind them because I wanted to try and illuminate the ‘smoke’. It took lots
    of attempts!

    Ashfield, New South Wales

    Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm, 1/320, f/4.5, ISO 4000, handheld

    Photo Credit: Angela Robertson-Buchanan, New South Wales

    BIG STEP, LITTLE STEP

    COMMON WOMBAT
    Vombatus ursinus

    This mum and baby wombat emerged from their hole up the hill with purpose, and made their way down  he hill, straight for another wombat’s hole. Rocky, the mum, was large and strong and powered through the deep snow like a bulldozer. Pebbles, her five-month-old baby, was light enough to walk on top without sinking.

    Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales

    Nikon D850, Nikon 200–400mm f4, 1/3200, f/4.0, ISO 160

    Photo Credit: Charles Davis, New South Wales

    THE MOONLIT FOREST

    GREATER GLIDER
    Petauroides volans

    Listed as vulnerable on a national basis, the once-common greater
    glider (Petauroides volans) is now facing serious decline. The gliders’
    nesting hollows (found in old trees) are being lost in land clearing and industrial-scale logging operations. Gliders need several large, hollow branches in different trees to survive.

    Wadbilliga National Park, Tathra, New South Wales

    Nikon D500, AF-S Nikkor 200–500mm f5.6 500mm, 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 4000, Manfrotto tripod

    Photo Credit: David Gallan, New South Wales

    MANTA SERENADE

    MANTA RAY
    Mobula alfredi

    A male manta ray (Mobula alfredi) follows a larger female during a courtship ritual photographed at
    Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Western Australia. The species is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Mating and birthing locations remain uncertain throughout its range and these behaviours are rarely observed in the wild.

    Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Western Australia

    Canon EOS 5D Mk IV, Canon EF
    16–35mm f4 L IS, 1/250, f/10, ISO 200, Nauticam underwater housing, handheld while freediving

    Photo Credit: Fabrice Jaine, New South Wales

    ON ICE

    WHITE-BELLIED STORM PETREL
    Fregetta grallaria

    White-bellied storm petrels are one of the smallest seabirds on the planet. Clocking in at 48g, they are a tricky subject to capture. Lord Howe Island is the only place they breed in Australia. With one foot in the smooth water, this storm petrel reminds me of a skater on ice.

    Near Balls Pyramid, Lord Howe Island Group

    Sony A9, Sony100–400 GM 4.5–5.6, 1/5000, f/7.1, ISO 640, handheld

    Photo Credit: Jack C. Shick, Lord Howe Island

    LURKING IN THE DARK

    COMMON STINGAREE, Trygonoptera testacea

    As the sun sets over Jervis Bay and the darkness of night creeps in, these small common stingarees actively patrol the shallow sand flats in search of their next meal. Panning as I took the photo created a wave-like appearance as water moved across the surface of my dome.

    Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay, New South Wales

    Canon EOS 5DsR, Canon EF 8–15mm f4 L fisheye, 1/200, f/14, ISO 320, two INON Z-240 strobes, AquaTech Elite
    5D4 water housing, handheld

    Photo Credit: Jordan Robins, New South Wales

    TEXTURE

    HONEYCOMB MORAY EEL
    Gymnothorax favagineus

    MAZE CORAL
    Leptoria SP.

    I came across this amazing juxtaposition of a honeycomb moray eel and a textured brain coral. It screamed monochrome to me, but one
    of the significant disadvantages of shooting under water is that you
    cannot just change your lens to suit the subject. Still, I slowly moved as close to the eel as possible, increased the depth of field, and adjusted my strobes to light up the coral and the eel.

    Banda Sea

    Nikon D850, Nikonos 13mm RS, 1/200, f/16, ISO 400, Seacam housing, Ikelite 161s strobe

    Photo Credit: Tracey Jennings, United Kingdom/Malaysia

    HUMPBACK IN A HURRY!

    HUMPBACK WHALE
    Megaptera novaeangliae

    With barely a sidelong glance at the camera, a male humpback swims in pursuit of a female whale. But other males are pursuing her too. If he is to convince her that he would be a worthy mate, he must demonstrate his speed and endurance. There is no time
    to waste!

    Vava’u Archipelago, Kingdom of Tonga

    Canon 5DSR, EF 24–105mm f4 IS USM, 1/250, f/8, ISO 500, Nauticam underwater housing

    Photo Credit: Wade Hughes FRGS, Western Australia

    PEAK PERSPECTIVE

    UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES

    Gently and lovingly, the wind is blowing. The bug is climbing steadily up to the top of the flower. It is hard but staying strong, little buddy. You will definitely get through it. Congratulations! Enjoying your success. Enjoying your moment.

    Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, ACT

    Nikon D750, Nikon 105mm macro f2.8, 1/320, f/4.8, ISO 100, handheld

    Photo Credit: Yicai Chang, China

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

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AG Nature Photographer of the Year 2019: Monochrome shortlist

By AG STAFF | June 27, 2019

Stunning photos of landscapes and animals sit side by side in a gallery that may be without colour, but certainly isn’t without interest. Photographs could be sepia-toned or infrared. These photos will be exhibited at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide from Friday 16 August until Sunday 10 November 2019.