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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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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See the world through a new lens

Now in its fifty-fourth year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on Earth.

Explore the world’s best nature photography, exhibited on 100 exquisite light panels.
Experience the changing face of nature and uncover the surprising, and sometimes challenging, stories behind the photographs.
Chosen from over 45,000 entries by expert judges, the images were awarded for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.
This year’s exhibition will open on 19 October.

Highly commended 2018, Urban Wildlife
School visit by Adrian Bliss
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Highly commended 2018, 11 – 14 Years Old
The victor by Adam Hakim Hogg
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Highly commended 2018, Behaviour: Mammals
The meerkat mob by Tertius A Gous
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Highly commended 2018, Animals in their environment
Tigerland by Emmanuel Rondeau
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Highly commended 2018, Animal Portraits
Cool cat by Isak Pretorius
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year
more at National History Museum

Macro Art

The second Photo Project of the IGPOTY calendar is Macro Art. This is a chance to capture the world of plants and gardens on a completely different scale, utilising a unique set of macro photography skills. From the life of tiny insects, to the mesmerising shapes and swirls of flowers, you are encouraged to explore our green planet close-up through macro photography, whilst showcasing the beauty and complexity of nature.

‘Mayflies’ by Petar Sabol – 1st Place
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‘Salad Burnet Flower’ by Ian Gilmour – 2nd Place
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‘Unfurling’ by Ashley Moore – 3rd Place
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‘Jumping Spider’ by Richard Kubica – Finalist
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‘Heaven’ by Petar Sabol – Commended
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Single entry award winners – Competition 12
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Mono Magic

This is very well handled image that has not been over processed. There are lovely subtle nuances to the tones with the shadows and the highlight retaining just enough detail but without appearing too ‘flat’. The transition from dark to light is ‘pitch perfect’ and cleverly done. The speckles of light on the forest floor add to the depth of the scene. Great work!

Crowd Winner : Jakub Kozioł | Morning rays
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A very clever use of tones to capture the sense of motion and energy in this absolutely beautiful image. The wonderful silky tones are subtle and rendering just enough detail where it’s needed to give a sense of detail in the subject’s face. The fleeting ghostly movement gliding through the image is simply wonderful. Well done!

Expert Winner : Jakub Karol Kowalski | Soul Of Dance
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20 Fenchurch Street by Sophie Schneeberger
Crowd second – Expert commended
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Sophie II by Mercedes María Senise
Crowd 7th – Expert commended
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Sun shining through storm clouds on the Waimakariri River, South Island, New Zealand by acc999
Crowd top 10% – Expert 7th
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Over Lago di Garda by Stan Majewski
Crowd 6th – Expert commended
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In the Mist by Kavin Koon
Crowd 3rd
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Mono Magic – Young DCPOTY | Part of Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2018
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10 years of the world’s best space photography

See a selection of this year’s shortlisted images from aurorae and skyscapes to galaxies and the Moon. Read the story behind the photos through the words of the astrophotographers themselves.

Guarding the galaxy © Jez Hughes
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Earth Shine © Peter Ward
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Holding Due North © Jake Mosher
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Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula © Mario Cogo
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Guardian of Tre Cime © Carlos F. Turienzo
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Winners from the 2018 competition will be announced on 23 October. Sign up to our newsletter to hear the latest news and stories. Just let us know you’re interested in ‘space and astronomy’.
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Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist gallery
more at Royal Museums Greenwich

The Kennel Club | Dog Photographer of the Year

Dogs are more popular than ever. In the hearts and minds of people everywhere, dogs are true companions and make a real difference to our lives. Join the international community of photographers who share our passion for dogs.

Dog Photographer of the Year 2018 Overall Winner and Oldies Category 1st Place Winner, Monica van der Maden, Netherlands
Title of image: ‘The lady of the mystery forest’
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Dogs at Work 1st Place Winner Tracy Kidd, United Kingdom
Image title: ‘Wayne’s Team’
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I Love Dogs Because… (Ages 12 to 17) 1st Place Winner Tamara Kedves, Hungary
Title of image: ‘One heart, one family’
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Dogs at Play Category 1st Place Winner Elinor Roizman, Israel
Title of image: ‘I’ll catch you’
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Judges’ Special Mention Dogs at Play category Alice Loder, United Kingdom
Title of image: ‘Black Velvet’
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The Kennel Club
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Black and White ‘Garden Photography’

The IGPOTY calendar begins with the brilliant Black & White Photo Project. Be creative, explore different botanical shapes and take advantage of the texture, patterns and shapes emphasised by the increased contrast of black and white.
You can use the existing IGPOTY main categories to theme your black & white images only within the realms of ‘garden photography’.
Through use of black and white, aim to capture a new experience, essence or feeling that colour will struggle to express.

‘Jumping Over Karma’
Simon Hadleigh-Sparks – 1st Place
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‘Weeping Willow’
Carolyne Barber – 2nd Place
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‘Damselfly Umbrella’
Minghui Yuan – 3rd Place
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‘Arctic Poppies’
Margaret Sixsmith – Finalist
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Danièle Dugré – Highly Commended
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Black and white is a diverse, modern and powerful thematic style that works perfectly with botanical subjects. Winners of this Photo Project have all showed fantastic originality and intention, setting out to achieve a black and white image from the outset that belonged in black and white for a specific reason, rather than converting an old colour image. In this way the photograph gains considerable value, impact and integrity.

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