Australian Geographic nature photographer of the year

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19 August 2016–03 October 2016

10am - 5pm daily
South Australian Museum


Museum Members receive unlimited free VIP entry*
$9 adults
$7 concession
Kids enter free when accompanied by a paying adult

The Australian Geographic nature photographer of the year competition once again celebrates the natural heritage of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions in 2016.

The stunning beauty of our natural world is on display within this exhibition. Professional, emerging and junior photographers alike have shown impeccable timing, patience, artistry and technique to capture superb moments in time.

Beyond affording us the opportunity of witnessing the unique beauty of the flora, fauna and landscapes of our own backyards, this breathtaking exhibition provokes us to explore the changing nature of regional ecology.

To enter or for more details on the competition please click here. 

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2016 overall winner announced

The overall winner of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Competition has now been announced! Congratulations to Matthew McIntosh for his talented work with 'Piercing headache.'

The judges said that "Matthew’s piece is a striking photograph offering layers of impact and intrigue – it calls the viewer in for a second look. The bulging orange eyes grab your attention and the mosquitoes add a layer of complexity. Adept storytelling along with bold colours and impactful image design make this a worthy winner."

The winners and runners-up of the eleven categories have also been announced, as follows:

Animal Portrait

Winner: Red Whip Ambush, painted flutemouth (Aaulostomus chinensis), Wade Hughes (WA)

Runner-up: Blue-eyed Flatback, flatback turtle (Natator depressus), Matt Curnock (Qld)

Animal Behaviour

Winner: Glaucus atlanticus, blue glaucus, Matty Smith (NSW)

Runner-up: Mud skipping, Mudskippers gobiidae Georgina Steytler (WA)

Animal Habitat

Winner: Well, hello! Smallspotted combtooth blenny (Escenius stictus), David Westcott (Qld)

Runner-up: Home Shrinking Home, Pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion), Wayne Osborn (WA)


Winner: Aligning Planets, Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea sp.) Julie Fletcher (SA)

Runner-up: Mist Shower, Drew Hopper (NSW)


Winner: Desert Patterns, Julie Fletcher (SA)

Runner-up: Transcendence, William Patino (NSW)


Winner: Winters Path, Brumby, Equus (equus) caballus, Charles Davis (NSW)

Runner-up: Leura falls creek within a wet and foggy morning, Peter Hill (NSW)


Winner: Swaying dandelion, Hypochaeris sp., Dianne Galbraith (SA)

Runner-up: Float, Joel Durbridge (SA)

Junior (photographers under 18 years of age)

Winner: Rockpool, Ryan North (NSW), aged 17

Runner-up: Toothy Grin, Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Robert Irwin (Qld) aged 12

Our Impact (depicting human impact on nature)

Winner: The Killing Field, Doug Gimesy (Vic)

Runner-up: The Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay – Two Worlds, Alex Varani (Italy)

Threatened Species (threatened, rare, vulnerable or endangered species)

Winner: Palm Grove Dingo, Bret Charman (United Kingdom)

Runner-up: Buller’s Albatross, Thalassarche Bulleri, Georgina Steytler (WA).

Portfolio Prize (best portfolio of size or more images)

Winner: Georgina Steytler (WA)


Principal sponsor

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Production partner

Atkins logo


Holiday prize donor

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Founder and Patron

Dr Stuart Miller AM