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Stunning flooding images

Some parts of western Queensland have greened up after recent rain. Gary Cranitch: Queensland Museum.

Blythe Moore, Photographer captures stunning images of flooding in drought-stricken western Queensland, ABC Western Queensland, 15 January 2016

An award-winning photographer has taken to the skies over western Queensland to capture the land’s striking transformation following recent rain.

Gary Cranitch works for the Queensland Museum and spends his days documenting the state’s environment through his lens.

Following a spate of rain in south-west Queensland earlier this month, Mr Cranitch travelled to the area to photograph the change in the landscape from above.

He said the further south he flew from Longreach, the greener the view became.

Range of uses for flood images

Mr Cranitch’s photographs will be used for a range of purposes, including an exhibition at the World Science Festival Brisbane in March.

Brisbane will be the first city outside of New York to host the prestigious event.

Mr Cranitch said the images would also be used in a Queensland Museum exhibition showcasing the five different habitat types of Queensland.

“What we can do is show people context about the variety of landscapes, habitat types and vegetation [in] communities around Queensland, because we get visitors who don’t get to some of these locations that are a bit harder to get to, and Queensland has a few of those,” he said.

“So you can give people a sense of context and variety and differentiation, because Queensland is quite an amazing place in terms of its habitat types.”

Mr Cranitch, who won the Eureka Prize for Science Photography last year, has travelled the length and breadth of Queensland for his work with the Queensland Museum.

“I know I’m very lucky and a lot people say I have the best job in the world,” he said.

“I think it’s exciting. Every day’s a great day for photography. I’m not bored with photography at all.

“I haven’t taken my best photograph yet, I [always] think I’m going to take it next week.”


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