Sunshine Coast photographer catches a perfect wave

Published: Comments:
Community Creative Arts

Aqua Ninja © Marlee Currie

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

Privately Submitted Article or Event :
See Above Article or Event for Address, Sunshine Coast Wide
Privately Submitted Article or Event
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Property sector sharply divided over how and when settlement options 06 March 2018 | While more than one-third (33 per cent) of Australian conveyancers and lawyers believe the traditional six-week settlement period is too long given that eContracts, eSigning and eSettlement have fast-tracked the... More information...
New report outlines gender challenge for resources industry 08 March 2018 | ON INTERNATIONAL Women's Day 2018 Australia's resources and energy industry is benchmarking itself on a range of workplace gender diversity performance measures – from pay equity and leadership to flexibility... More information...
Sunshine Coast clubs shine at State Awards 06 March 2018 | Local community clubs from the Sunshine Coast shimmered with success at last night’s prestigious Keno & Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence. More information...
A 'tummy tuck' (abdominoplasty) operation can reduce back pain and urinary incontinence after pregnancy and childbirth according to a new Australian study published today in the prestigious US journal, Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery. 28 February 2018 | Australian solar energy users sick of dud deals from major energy retailers can now invest in their own energy company, with the launch of the world’s first crowdfunded energy retailer for solar households. More information...
Plastic Surgeons call for Government to reimburse 'Tummy Tuck' after new study finds the operation reduces back pain and incontinence for post partum women 28 February 2018 | A 'tummy tuck' (abdominoplasty) operation can reduce back pain and urinary incontinence after pregnancy and childbirth according to a new Australian study published today in the prestigious US journal, Plastic And... More information...
Unis to business: Tap into our talent and expertise 28 February 2018 | Universities will today make a bold bid for more companies to partner with them on everything from research and business innovation through to snapping up the best graduate talent. More information...
Children who witness domestic abuse six times more likely to commit suicide 02 February 2018 | Children who witness physical, emotional or verbal domestic violence growing up are twice as likely to abuse drugs and six times more likely to die by suicide, statistics show. More information...
10,000 steps a day keeps the blues away 01 February 2018 | New research published in BMC Psychiatry reveals that walking 10,000 steps a day, over the course of 100 days, can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing, weight loss, blood pressure and cardiovascular heal... More information...
Major reform agenda for Australia's .au domain launched for discussion 29 January 2018 | The most significant changes to the .au domain for thirty years are on the horizon, with a range of key changes officially proposed today, including the option to register addresses like '' without the... More information...
Families Turn to Community Groups for Rising Schools Costs 18 January 2018 | Queensland families are turning to community organisations for no interest loans to help cover rising costs of back to school expenses, according to Good Shepherd Microfinance Chief Operating Officer Lisa Carro... More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service