Our original category, the winning image will be featured on the cover of the 2021 Summer Edition of Crikey! Magazine. Photographs submitted to this category had to be portrait orientated and feature an animal, photographed anywhere in the world.
Crikey! Magazine Cover – Winning Image:
Winner: Vincent Shaw
Above the bush from where the dingo (Canis lupus dingo) appeared, we saw that the sky was already hazy. Though we didn’t offer to share any of our fishing bait, the dingo wasn’t discouraged. We were lucky to have this close encounter, as Fraser Island was evacuated two days later due to intense bushfires.
Location: K’gari (Fraser Island), Queensland, Australia
Camera/Lens: Sony A6000, Minolta 50mm lens
Highly Commended: Valerie Kleindienst
Impervious to the storm, the lone wedge-tail eagle (Aquila audax) commands the sky as it hones in on its destination. It’s Australia’s largest bird of prey, with its outstretched wings extending over two metres.
Location: Miners Rest, Victoria, Australia
Camera/Lens: Sony ILCE-9, Sony FE 100-400 GM OSS lens
Finalist: Andrea Shaw
Don’t mess with roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), a bird born to run. This image was shot at a city park next to a busy baseball field. Little leaguers and their parents did not even notice this feast unfolding. Watch your step, even the suburbs are wild!
Location: Southlake, Texas, United States of America
Camera/Lens: Canon 7D, 600mm f/4.8 lens
Finalist: Chris Grech
‘The Secretary Bird’
The dramatic black crest, long legs, sunrise-coloured face markings and white, grey and black feathering are unmistakable features of the secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius). The raptor was hunting for food in the hot and dusty Namibian grasslands when it paused for a moment to look up and say “G’day!”
Location: Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Camera/Lens: Canon 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens with 1.4x iii converter
Finalist: Joanie Christian
‘Something’s in the Air’
This young grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) was foraging in a meadow of wildflowers and could smell other bears in the area. He stood up on his back legs for a better look. It was the world famous grizzly, “399,” and her four cubs! Adult males are the most dominant in grizzly society and, unsurprisingly, 399 and her cubs high-tailed it out of there!
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, United States of America
Camera/Lens: Nikon D850, Nikkor 200-500 mm f5.6 lens with 1.4x teleconverter