03 October 2013
The much-anticipated exhibition of winners’ and finalists’ photographs in the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition opens at the South Australian Museum this Friday.
The exhibition showcases more than 100 images from an outstanding international field of nature photography submissions. This year, 1828 photographs were submitted by 457 photographers, from 12 different countries. Those chosen will be on display at the South Australian Museum from 4 October to 24 November 2013.
South Australian Museum Acting Director Professor Andrew Lowe says “This competition encourages photographers from all around the world to capture the most breathtaking images of nature and promotes awareness of biodiversity.
“The exhibition will transport viewers to places they might never otherwise see, and build appreciation for plants and animals in Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea – the ANZANG region – after which the competition is named and the geographic location it is focused on.”
New for 2013 is the partnership between Australian Geographic at the South Australian Museum.
Australian Geographic Editor-in-Chief Chrissie Goldrick says “The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition fosters an appreciation for the natural world and in particular the bioregion in which we live. At Australian Geographic, we share the ANZANG participants’ passion for photography and hope that by our sponsorship of the competition, we can bring this annual feast of amazing nature photography to a wider audience and encourage greater participation.”
Winners and runners up will be acknowledged at the ANZANG Launch Night on 3 October, to be opened by the Hon Chloë Fox MP, Minister Assisting the Minister for the Arts. Media are welcome to cover the event from 6pm.
About the Competition
The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the natural heritage of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregion. Finalists are chosen in the categories: Animal Portrait, Animal Behaviour, Black and White, Interpretative Photography, Underwater, Wilderness, Botanical, Threatened Species, Our Impact and Junior, as well as a Portfolio category for the best collection of six or more images. ANZANG was founded by Perth surgeon Dr Stuart Miller in 2003. The South Australian Museum took ownership of the competition in 2009 and Dr Miller remains the patron of the competition. Photographers go to great lengths to capture breathtaking images of native flora and fauna, before their work goes on show at the South Australian Museum then tours to Western Australia and Tasmania.
About Australian Geographic
The best of Australia – from those who know Australia best. Australian Geographic (AG) has been this nation’s foremost geographical destination magazine for more than two decades. It’s an Australian icon with a massive readership and circulation. It captures the essence and spirit of Australia through its meticulously crafted and beautifully presented stories and photography. The magazine strives to inspire and to educate, connecting readers to Australian landscapes, plants and animals, science, industry and people. Through the not-for-profit Australian Geographic Society, AG also provides assistance to Australian adventurers, researchers and worthy community causes.
About the South Australian Museum
The South Australian Museum has been committed to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun for over 150 years. It is a place where families can learn and grow together. Today the Museum is one of the most visited museums in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance. It is a leader in remote and regional community engagement, and in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research.