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SAM | Aus Geographic Nature Photographer 2023

A Bee-eater Rainbow by Gary Meredith. ().

Dannielle Maguire, Here are some of the best entries in the 2023 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest, 11 June 2023

The entries for the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year are in and the shortlist has been revealed. 

Each year, it encourages photographers to capture stunning images taken in Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea.

And, in its 20th year running, this year is no exception.

In 2023 the competition, which is owned and produced by the South Australian Museum, drew 2,182 entries from 550 photographers across 10 countries.

But the shortlist could only be made up of 95 images.

South Australian Museum acting director Justine van Mourik said this year’s judges, Mike Langford, Adjunct Professor Wayne Quilliam and Jackie Ranken, faced an epic task.

And this year it was even harder, with a new category attracting awe-inspiring images.

“This year we introduced the well-received macro category, with photographers submitting incredible larger-than-life-sized images of nature’s smallest scenes,” Ms van Mourik said.

That meant there were 10 categories this year:

  • Animals in Nature
  • Urban Animals
  • Macro
  • Landscape
  • Threatened Species
  • Monochrome
  • Our Impact
  • Junior
  • Portfolio

The South Australian Museum will announce the overall winner, category winners, runners-up and the Portfolio Prize in August.

Until then, here’s a look at the shortlisted images in the Animals in Nature, Macro and Urban Animals categories.


Animals in Nature