Revel in the Beauty of Down Under with Australian Geographic Nature Photo Contest

The bioregion of Australia has been captured beautifully in the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022, which is a partnership between the South Australian Museum and Australia Geographic. Through photography of this region’s nature and landscapes, Australian Geographic is spreading awareness to save the endangered biodiversity of the continent.

A picture of a humpback whale carcass being circled on the ocean floor has won the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022. The illustration of life and death, harsh rules of nature, and the food chain in one frame won Ashlee Jansen the grand prize. Here are the best and winning pictures from the contest that give glimpses into the beautiful Land Down Under.

Nature’s Rule: Bear witness to the cycle of life and death in one frame which is the overall winner of the contest.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Ashlee Jansen

Image: Ashlee Jansen

Simply Magical: Each spring bioluminescent fireflies emerge from the darkest corners of the forest of the Great Dividing Range for a short time.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Jannico Kelk

image: Jannico Kelk

Alien Land: Lake Crosby with its pink salt creates an eerie atmosphere in this picture.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - James Dorey

Image: James Dorey

Lethargic: This whale shark devours a bait ball of fish that was created by tuna as these sharks are too lazy to do all the work.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Jake Wilton

Image: Jake Wilton

Landing Mishap: Kangaroos get stuck in wires while jumping them and consequently die if humans don’t free them.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Alan Kwok

Image: Alan Kwok

Too Tired to Work: In the Great Sandy Desert, the long-nosed dragon sleeps tonight.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Gary Meredith

Image: Gary Meredith

Sun Bath: This magpie is enjoying a sprinkler bath in an urban setting in Clare Valley, South Australia.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Sandy Horn

Image: Sandy Horn

The striking beauty of Monarch butterflies is known worldwide, but their caterpillars are equally mesmerizing with yellow, black, and white stripes.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Rosa Dunbar

Image: Rosa Dunbar

Going for Dentist Appointment: A charismatic white shark was captured grinning in South Neptune Islands, South Australia

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Matty Smith

Image: Matty Smith

On Night Prowl: A knobby seahorse sits still among seagrass waiting for prey in waters off Kettering, Tasmania.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Matt Testoni

Image: Matt Testoni

Where Earth and Sky Meet: The Pelverata Falls seem as if flowing directly from the heavens above.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Luke Tscharke

Image: Luke Tscharke

Endangered Land: The plateau of Mount Gower is home to many endemic and endangered plants.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Justin Gilligan

Image: Justin Gilligan

Foreign Land: This beautiful Lost World is located on the north-eastern slopes of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, Tasmania.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Joe Shemesh

Image: Joe Shemesh

The Calm: Taken an hour before dawn, the beauty of the milky way and the silence of the surroundings is marvelous.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Jason Perry

Image: Jason Perry

Thunderous Beauty: A thunderstorm and lightning strike captured in a single frame depicting the ferocity of nature’s forces.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Jarrod Koh

Image: Jarrod Koh

A Stormy Fall: A storm creates clouds dropping to the ground before rain and hail arrive in Western Australia.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Ellie Morris

Image: Ellie Morris

Trash Trap: An Indo hermit crab (Coenobita) was caught inside a broken glass in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Dan Jones

Image: Dan Jones

The Abstract: This abstract picture of a running kangaroo exhibits the fleeing beauty of a landscape and its inhabitants.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Cian O'Hagan

Image: Cian O’Hagan

The Survivor: A sprouting mangrove sapling in the harsh environs of Port Kembla, New South Wales.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 - Alex Pike

Image: Alex Pike

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