26 August 2015
NSW born photographer Marc Lynch has been named winner of the People’s Choice award in the 2015 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition.
The winning photograph, taken at Curl Curl Beach along Sydney’s northern shores, captures the tail of a crashing wave throwing foamy white shapes into the air.
“It touches on something that happens every minute of the day, but we don’t see it,” says Lynch.
Using a shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Lynch describes the wave as “an abstract sculpture frozen in time.”
“I’ve always been fascinated with nature docos; as a kid I loved David Attenborough. It’s just nice to go out there and capture my own piece of it.”
The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition, owned by the South Australian Museum, challenges photographers around the world to capture the best images in the ANZANG bioregion of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region.
While the competition winners are chosen by expert judges, the People’s Choice Award is selected by visitors to the exhibition.
“We sometimes hear passionate conversations between visitors as they discuss their favourite entries and put their nomination in,” said South Australian Museum director Brian Oldman.
“Year after year, this competition inspires photographers and the visiting public to pause and appreciate at the art within science and the natural world,” he said.
Lynch was also successful in the winning the ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year Interpretive Category, for his entry titled Bat Blurs.
The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition is open at the South Australian Museum daily from 10am – 5pm, until Sunday 30 August 2015.