Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2021 competition opens

ENTRIES OPEN: South Australian Museum's annual Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition announced. Photo: Shutterstock
ENTRIES OPEN: South Australian Museum's annual Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition announced. Photo: Shutterstock

Photographers in regional South Australia are invited to enter the SA Museum's annual Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.

Entries are open now and close on Friday, February 5.

The competition, now in its 18th year, calls for photographs taken in the bioregion of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea (ANZANG).

This region possesses a unique natural heritage that stretches back more than 80 million years to the breakup of the great southern continent of Gondwana.

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year comprises nine categories: Animal Behaviour, Animal Habitat, Animal Portrait, Botanical, Landscape, Monochrome, Our Impact, Threatened Species and Junior for photographers under 18 years.

A panel of three judges will select a shortlist of images for inclusion in the exhibition and award prizes.

The judges for 2021 are:

Narelle Autio

Her vibrant and award-winning images of Australian outback and coastal life have won Narelle impressive national and international acclaim.

Growing up in Australia she has had a lifetime relationship with the ocean and is fascinated by the need for many of us to return to water.

Her sophisticated, cinematic use of colour, light and composition create photographs that evoke the complex beauty of Australia's landscape, which is otherwise eroded by postcards and clichés.

Trent Parke

One of the most innovative photographers of his generation. He is known for his poetic, often darkly humorous photography that offers an emotional and psychological portrait of his home country of Australia - from the southern outback to its busy beaches.

Though rooted in documentary, his works sit between fiction and reality, exploring themes of identity, place, and family life.

Stavros Pippos

A landscape photographer whose interest began as a twelve-year-old boy, taking photographs, processing film and contact-printing negatives in a makeshift darkroom.

This desire to create ultimately led him to a career in television where he worked his way from sweeping floors to the role of managing director at channel Seven in Adelaide.

Following his retirement, Stavros focussed on photography, documenting the South Australian landscape and developing passion for alternative photographic printing methods and the characteristic charm of old wooden cameras.

Meanwhile, the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year overall winner receives $10,000 cash and a holiday prize provided by Coral Expeditions.

The winner and runner up of each category win $1000 and $500 respectively, with $300 and $100 for the winner and runner up of the Junior category. There is also a portfolio prize of $1000.

Winners will be announced on Thursday, August 26 when the exhibition of finalists and exhibition catalogue are launched at the South Australian Museum.

For full details visit www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/c/npoty/.