For the first time, Queensland Museum and Australia Zoo have teamed up to showcase stunning photography from the finalists in the Australia Zoo Crikey! Magazine Photography Competition.
The display will open in Queensland Museum’s Whale Mall on 8 November and will feature 20 photographs chosen from more than 7000 entries from around the globe that celebrate the natural world.
The 2019 finalists depict wildlife great and small, from a sea lion swimming in the depths of the ocean, to polar bears roaming the tundra, a giraffe grazing in the African wilderness and colourful frogs found in the heart of the rainforest.
Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said Queensland Museum holds more than 250,000 photographs that document the natural and cultural heritage of Queensland.
“For more than three years, Queensland Museum’s iconic Whale Mall has featured a variety of photographic displays in our pod displays from macro photography of Australian insects to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and archival images from the First World War,” Dr Thompson said.
“The museum has a close relationship with Australia Zoo with our scientists working with the team to undertake research on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula. We are excited to once again collaborate with Australia Zoo to showcase the stunning wildlife photographs that are the finalists as part of the 2019 Australia Zoo Crikey! Magazine Photography Competition.”
The photographs were judged by award winning photographer and Wildlife Warrior, Robert Irwin; award winning documentary and editorial photographer, Russell Shakespeare; and wildlife photographer and National Geographic Explorer, Kate Berry.
Robert Irwin said the judging panel were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries in 2019.
“This is the third year the Crikey! Magazine Photography Competition has taken place and it keeps getting bigger and better! The competition was created to inspire photographers from around the world to share their wildlife images and promote the beauty of our natural world, and in doing so, highlight the importance of conservation,” Robert said.
“Each year thousands of photographers from around the world take part in the competition and the entries are incredible – we are heartened by the amount of people who are passionate Wildlife Warriors and have been able to share the stunning beauty of the natural environment.”
Byron Bay based oceanic and nature photographer Craig Parry won the open category with a photograph of a majestic Humpback Whale frolicking in the vast ocean surrounding Tonga, while 14-year-old Serena DeSteno from the USA won the junior category with her image that showcased the spectacular plumage and elegance of a flamingo.
Visitors can view the images in the Queensland Museum Whale Mall from 8 November - 5 December 2019 and they can also view them in the Summer edition of Crikey! Magazine.
For more information visit www.qm.qld.gov.au or www.australiazoo.com.au/crikey/