Stunning Egret Feeding Wins People’s Choice

15 November 2013


The South Australian Museum has today announced Sydney wildlife and weddings photographer David Stowe as the 2013 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year People’s Choice winner. His Animal Behaviour category finalist photograph – Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), little fish – captured the hearts of thousands of people who have walked through the spectacular exhibition.

The Australian Geographic ANZANG (Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea) Nature Photographer of the Year competition challenges photographers around the world to capture the best images in the bioregion, inviting them to enter across several categories. This year, the competition and finalist exhibition of more than 100 awe-inspiring images has been a resounding success. Since the doors opened on 4 October, more than 4,300 people have toured the special gallery.

Mr Stowe says he is “absolutely stoked” to win the People’s Choice vote and $500 prize: “It means more to me than if I had won the overall prize. I was rapt to be a finalist in this competition, which is important both artistically and scientifically in celebrating the best of our wildlife.”

Aside from his wedding photography work in New South Wales, Mr Stowe spends days travelling around northern Australia and the Outback, pursuing his passion for photographing Australian birds, lizards, landscapes – and other images that capture the spirit of Australia.

“There are very good international wildlife photography competitions, but it’s nice to see an Australian one like this promoting what we have in this country and in the region. The biodiversity is just so rich and we have so much to work with. All of the photographers feel very passionate about the ANZANG competition and I’m very humbled to have won the People’s Choice Prize,” Mr Stowe says.

The winning photograph was taken at dusk at Chili Beach, Cape York, Queensland.

Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year Exhibition Manager at the South Australian Museum Tim Gilchrist congratulates Mr Stowe on the prize.

“David has been a supporter of the ANZANG competition since its inception, and his work has been included in numerous exhibitions.

“It’s great to see the exhibition visitors recognising the work of someone who is so passionate about nature photography in the region, and about the future of the ANZANG competition,” Mr Gilchrist said.

Visitors who have not yet seen this fabulous exhibition of winners and finalists’ photographs have until 24 November, before it tours to Western Australia and Tasmania.

The gallery shows a beautiful array of winning and finalist images in the categories: Animal Behaviour, Animal Portrait, Black and White, Botanical, Interpretive, Junior, Our Impact, Portfolio, Threatened Species, Underwater, Wilderness and a special Portfolio category for practitioners who submit six photographs or more.

This year, 1828 photographs were submitted by 457 photographers, from 12 different countries.

Western Australian wildlife photographer David Rennie won the overall prize for his photo Near Miss, which shows a narrowly-avoided collision between an osprey and a spoonbill in Western Australia’s Mandurah Wetlands.