Photographs can be taken with digital or film cameras and judges take into account photographic technique, aesthetic and artistic quality, and the uniqueness of the images.
This year, a stunning photograph of a humpback whale swimming with sharks in Western Australia’s Coral Bay was a huge hit. “The beauty of the film lies in its clever circular structure, seen in the curves of the whale’s bony ribs that mirror the patterns in the sand, keeping our eye within the frame that moves between the living and the dead,” say the judges who voted. Unanimous in Ashleigh Johnson’s photo.
Another highlight of the 2022 edition is the image of a great white shark captured by Matty Smith, who says he used tuna oil to attract predators and was able to photograph the animal very close.
Alan Kwok was identified by the click of a kangaroo’s paw as it tried to jump a fence in the Australian state of New South Wales.
Gary Meredith secured his spot on the podium with this photo of a lizard resting on the railing of a gold mining building in the Australian desert.
Check out the other winners of the 2022 edition in full In this connection.
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