Coolum Beach snapper Marlee Currie has won the Water section in The Nature Conservancy Australia’s 2017 Photo Competition for his image, entitled Aqua Ninja.
With more than 4,900 entries arriving from across the country, the judges of this year’s competition were overwhelmed by choice.
Marlee’s image, however, caught theeye of competition judge and nature photographer Mark Seabury.
“To me this is a fantastic representation of mother nature, where we have this tiny wave snapped frozen in time creating an unusual pattern of water that pops out in front of a very vibrant twilight sky,” said Mark.
Marlee has spent his whole life around the ocean and when he took up photography three years ago it was a natural progression to capture its beauty.
“This photo came about from a lot of patience and a fair bit of luck,” he said.
“I’d had the image in my mind for some time, but having everything line up with such a small wave and beautiful sunset was just unreal and very lucky.
“My main goal with this was to focus on capturing the beautiful but often fleeting in - between moments that I saw when surfing and try to relay those moments of stoke in an image.”
TNC Australia Director Rich Gilmore was impressed by the array and standard of the 2017 entries.
“The competition is a great opportunity for people who love photography to get into the great outdoors and flex their creative muscles,” he said.
“We live in such a beautiful country and these incredible images are the perfect way to remind everyone about the diversity of the environment, the vast array of wildlife and the spectacular scenery.”
Marlee’s photograph will be featured online and in a 2018 edition of Wild, Australia’s longest-running outdoor adventure magazine, along with the other category winners, the overall winner–taken by Harrison Warne–and the recipient of the People’s Choice Award.
The other category winners were:
- Wildlife – Harrison Warne, Townsville, Qld
- Landscape - Geoff Hutchinson, Wentworth Point, NSW
- People in Nature - Liam Byrne, Newman, WA
- Urban Nature – Emily Williams, Birkdale, Qld
- Wacky Wildlife – Donna Rondeau, Cairns, Qld
- People’s Choice – Nitin Jayanand, Queanbeyan, NSW
To see the winning entries, visit natureaustralia.org.au/photo