Robert Irwin Photo competition

Photography Competition Category Three:
The Natural World

This is the culmination of the three exciting categories introduced for our 50th Year celebrations. Winning photographs showcase the natural world, depict the complex relationship between humans and nature, and illustrate threatened wildlife. It is through these images, that we can raise awareness and advocate for the conservation of wildlife and wild places!


The Natural World – Winning Image:

Winner: Graeme Guy

‘Cheetah family’

A female will have 3-5 cubs and will raise her family alone. She teaches them to hunt while they are very young. When the sun first comes up the family will sit on a small hill and watch for prey. The cubs will hide in the grass while their mother goes hunting.

Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya, East Africa
Camera/Lens: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, lens Canon EF 500mm f4 L USM

Highly Commended: Ryan Hart

‘Desert Flow’

Rain collected in Queensland’s north migrates toward the Cooper Basin drainage system to feed the deserts of the southwest. The path the water leaves on the black soil plains promotes wildflower bloom as seen here, while also promoting the boom of long-haired rats (Rattus villosissimus), the preferred food of the world’s most venomous snake, the inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus).

Location: Durham Station, Queensland, Australia
Camera/Lens: DJI Mavic 2 drone

Finalist: Noel Manikkam

‘Down the Rocks with Speed!’

The yellow-footed rock wallaby (Petrogale xanthopus) is visually striking with its beautiful colours. They are grazers and browsers, living in small colonies on rock faces and cliffs. They were almost extinct but, with conservation efforts, their numbers have increased and they are now found in protected areas. Their predators are foxes and cats.

Location: Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia
Camera/Lens: Nikon D850, Nikon AF-S 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR lens

Finalist: Silva Vaughan Jones

‘The Giants of Kilimanjaro’

Mount Kilimanjaro towers behind a herd of African elephants (Loxodonta), on their morning stroll from swamp to plain. The Amboseli National Park protects these gentle giants from ivory poachers. Thankfully, there is some good news for elephants in Kenya, whose population has more than doubled in 30 years!

Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Africa
Camera/Lens: Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm (95mm) lens

Finalist: Terry Howard

‘Remnants of Life’

These trees died 900 years ago when the marsh they grew in dried up. The surrounding desert took over, leaving weathered trunks, a white clay pan and red sand dunes. With less than 1mm of rain per year, and baking hot summers, the trees have been mummified.

Location: Sossusvlei meaning “dead end marsh” of the Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa
Camera/Lens: Canon EOS70D, EFS18/200mm lens