Wild Exposures

Witness nature at its most dramatic, graceful and unexpected with this stunning collection of breathtaking photographs celebrating the natural heritage of the bioregions of Australia and New Zealand, the Antarctic and New Guinea.
This year’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases the timing, patience, artistry and technique of professional, emerging and junior photographers as they capture spectacular moments in time.

Broken Dreams
Runner-up, Landscape
Broken Dreams was from one of my most rewarding but confronting shoots. After the Sampson Flat bushfires swept through the northern Adelaide Hills, I spent a lot of time shooting the aftermath and rebirth during the following year. This particular early morning shoot brought with it fog and an amazing mood.
Gumeracha, South Australia
Sony A7R, Sony 55mm, 1/5, f/10, ISO 100, tripod
by Ben Goode
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Hide and seek
Overall Winner
I travelled to Raja Ampat mainly to visit the stunning Arborek Jetty. If you are really lucky you can observe schools of fish and I spent some time under the jetty. At one point, predators moved in and I was mesmerised by the chase between predator and prey.
Arborek Jetty, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Nikon D3S, Nikon 16mm, 1/250, f/4.5, ISO 250, Ikelite 161 strobe, Seacam housing
by Tracey Jennings
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Posing Black-fronted Dotterels
Winner, Animal Behaviour
Black-fronted dotterel
Elseyornis melanops
These two black-fronted dotterels seemed to want to pose for me, but I think they might have had something else in mind.
Charleville, Queensland
Nikon D800, Nikon 500mm f/4.0 with 1.4 converter, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 500, tripod
by Dan Giselsson
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Enchanted
Winner, Animal Habitat and Portfolio Prize
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
by Matthew Smith
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Junction Falls -After
Winner, Monochrome
In a matter of seconds, Junction Falls went from a trickle to a roaring wall of thundering stormwater on a wet afternoon. I was fortunate to be there to capture the amazing transformation. Shortly after this shot, the embedded log completely disappeared from view.
Junction Falls, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Canon EOS 1DS Mk III, Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8, 0.6, f/8, ISO 100, tripod
by Peter Hill
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Wild Exposures

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The 7 Elements of a Great Bird Photograph

In order to create beautiful images of birds on a consistent basis it is important to understand the many elements that combine to make a good photo. This includes: exposure, composition, light, sharpness, perch, pose, and background. However, these components are not absolute rules that must be followed in every image. As a matter of fact, some of the best images are those that break some of the rules or that are “outside of the box”. Nevertheless, understanding these 7 elements as a starting point will inevitably lead to better bird images.

There is no one recipe that can be followed when it comes to creating beautiful images of birds. In fact, the most sensational images are often those that surprise us or that show us something we have never seen before. Nevertheless, these seven elements can be used as a guide to help us create consistently stunning images of birds in their natural environment.
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The 7 Elements of a Great Bird Photograph
By Glenn Bartley

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Wildlife Worldwide Photography Competition 2018

We are delighted to announce that the first ever Wildlife Worldwide Photography Competition is now open for entries.

This new competition is FREE to enter and open to everyone. There are three different categories to enter, each with its own focus: Wildlife Portraits — Animal Action — Wildlife Portfolio
The winner of each category will win a fantastic prize from one of our sponsors, with the overall winner picked from one of the three category winners.

The Main Prize
A 5-day photography trip to Slovenia’s Dinaric Alps to photograph brown bear…

The overall winner of the competition will win a trip to Slovenia to photograph bears, while staying in a comfortable guesthouse in the Dinaric Alps. This 5-day trip will allow you to build a stunning portfolio of images from a range of purpose-built hides in the beautiful surrounds of the Notransjka region in southern Slovenia.

Closing date:
You have until 11.59 pm GMT on Friday 30th November 2018 to enter.

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Birding

Each spring, millions of birds from around the globe flock to Alaska’s wild lands and waters to raise their young.
Alaska’s wide range of habitats, from temperate coastal rainforest to Arctic tundra, host more globally significant Important Bird Areas than any other state in the U.S. There are also many species, such as Emperor Goose, Whiskered Auklet, and Red-faced Cormorant you won’t see anywhere else in the country.

Snowy Owl. Photo: Marlin Greene, Audubon Photography Awards
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Stilt Sandpiper Photo: Dave Shaw
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Tufted Puffin. Photo: Gerald Sanger, Audubon Photography Awards
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American Golden-Plover Photo: David Shaw
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Birding in Alaska
From the icy, bountiful waters of the Arctic Ocean to the misty, salmon-rich rainforests of the Tongass National Forest, Audubon Alaska works to conserve Alaska’s spectacular birds and wildlife—and their habitats— to ensure their place for future generations. We employ science and state-of-the-art mapping technology to drive our conservation priorities, with an emphasis on public lands and waters. Millions of birds flock to Alaska each spring from around the globe, making this a crucial place for birds worldwide.
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Celebrating the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with Striking Bird Photography

Unveiling the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards Winners
The winning photographers and their stunning photographs were selected from more than 8,000 entries submitted by photographers from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces.

Grand Prize Winner Steve Mattheis
Great Gray Owl
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Professional Winner Gary R. Zahm
Black-necked Stilts
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Amateur Winner Diana Rebman
Long-tailed Tit
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Youth Winner Liron Gertsman
Cobalt-winged Parakeets
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Professional Honorable Mention Donald Quintana
Red-winged Blackbird
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Amateur Honorable Mention Scott Suriano
Wood Duck
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Celebrating the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with Striking Bird Photography
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How Jasper Doest Broke the Wildlife Mould

Capturing the beauty of wildlife no longer seemed sufficient for Canon photographer Jasper Doest, so he reinvented his visual style. His photojournalistic approach to nature stories engages audiences and better reflects his passion for conservation.

Jasper Doest’s series of thought-provoking and award-winning portraits of Japanese snow monkeys elevated him to public prominence as a rising star of wildlife photography a decade ago. Far from resting on his laurels and devoting his energies to a subject for which he is now synonymous, the Dutch-based professional photographer is pursuing a more photojournalistic style, inspired by his emotional responses to man’s interaction with the environment.

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How Jasper Doest Broke the Wildlife Mould
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Birds

Birds by Татьяна Жеребцова | Tat’yana Zherebtsova

Щурка
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Мокрые и смешные. Лазоревка
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Черный гриф
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Заботливый родитель
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Лазоревка
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Birds
by Татьяна Жеребцова | Tat’yana Zherebtsova
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