AG Nature Photographer of the Year 2020: Animal habitat shortlist
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 from Friday 28 August until Sunday 15 November 2020.
FROZEN MOBILE HOME. Crabeater seal (Lobodon Carcinophagus). Icebergs are dynamic kingdoms that support marine life and fertilise the oceans. They carry nutrients and are responsible for life blooms by developing phytoplankton. They also influence the carbon cycle by sequestering carbon dioxide. Marine fauna like leopard seals, gentoo penguins, Antarctic fur seals and Weddell seals live in the fragile habitat – here crabeater seals live on the pack-ice.
Image credit: Greg Lecoeur, France