2023 Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition

Southern Glow, William Godward
Now in its landmark 20th year of competition, the annual search for the best wildlife and landscape photographs taken across Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea regions invites photographers of all ages, nationalities and experience levels to submit their best shots.

This year the competition, which is owned and produced by the South Australian Museum, drew 2,182 high-calibre entries from 550 photographers across 10 countries celebrating fauna, flora and natural formations.

The competition results in a stunning collection of images that provoke us to explore and understand the changing nature of our environment and appreciate the wonder that surrounds us while enriching our knowledge of this extraordinary region.

Director of the South Australian Museum Dr David Gaimster said this year’s finalists demonstrate how photography can be a powerful medium for capturing the world around us, and giving everyone, anywhere, an opportunity to marvel and reflect upon the natural world.

“As we face issues of global significance including climate change, loss of biodiversity and the very real possibility of a sixth extinction event, these images take on even greater significance in raising the public consciousness,” said Dr Gaimster.

Weaner portrait, Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina), Andrew Peacock

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition comprises ten categories: Animals in Nature, Urban Animals, Macro, Landscape, Threatened Species, Monochrome, Our Impact, Junior and Portfolio.

On Thursday 24 August 2023 the South Australian Museum will announce the overall winner, category winners, runners-up and the Portfolio Prize for 2023.

The finalist entries will then be included in an exhibition developed by and showcased at South Australian Museum. The stunning beauty of our natural world is placed on display, with professional, emerging and junior photographers alike showing impeccable timing, patience, artistry and technique to capture superb moments in time.


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