57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

Images from the 57th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year, run by the Natural History Museum in London, are now on display in an exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. The exhibition features over 100 images revealing fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species, and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Follow this link to book tickets.

Top row: Beautiful bloodsucker © Gil Wizen (Israel Canada), Deep feelers © Laurent Ballesta (France), Ice bear as sea bear © Martin Gregus (Canada).
Bottom row: Lynx on the threshold © Sergio Marijuan (Spain), Out of the black © Cristobal Serrano (Spain), Stardust © Christian Spencer (Australia).
Beautiful bloodsucker © Gil Wizen (Israel Canada).
Deep feelers © Laurent Ballesta (France).
Ice bear as sea bear © Martin Gregus (Canada).
Lynx on the threshold © Sergio Marijuan (Spain).
Out of the black © Cristobal Serrano (Spain).
Stardust © Christian Spencer (Australia).
Top row: Beautiful bloodsucker © Gil Wizen (Israel Canada), Deep feelers © Laurent Ballesta (France), Ice bear as sea bear © Martin Gregus (Canada). Bottom row: Lynx on the threshold © Sergio Marijuan (Spain), Out of the black © Cristobal Serrano (Spain), Stardust © Christian Spencer (Australia).

The 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year was French underwater photographer and biologist Laurent Ballesta for his image, Creation. The image, that captures camouflage groupers exiting their milky cloud of eggs and sperm in Fakarava, French Polynesia

Australian wildlife photographer Justin Gilligan took out the Plants and Fungi category with his portrait, Rich Reflections, which depicts a marine ranger admiring seaweed off the coast of Lord Howe Island.

Adam Oswell won the Photojournalism category, with his image, Elephant in the Room, of a young elephant performing underwater for crowds in Thailand.

© Adam Oswell (Australia). Elephant in the room. Adam Oswell draws attention to zoo visitors watching a young elephant perform under water. Although this performance was promoted as educational and as exercise for the elephants, Oswell was disturbed by this scene. Organisations concerned with the welfare of captive elephants view performances like these as exploitative because they encourage unnatural behaviour. Elephant tourism has increased across Asia. In Thailand there are now more elephants in captivity than in the wild. The COVID-19 pandemic caused international tourism to collapse, leading to elephant sanctuaries becoming overwhelmed with animals that can no longer be looked after by their owners.
© Adam Oswell (Australia). Elephant in the room. Adam Oswell draws attention to zoo visitors watching a young elephant perform under water. Although this performance was promoted as educational and as exercise for the elephants, Oswell was disturbed by this scene. Organisations concerned with the welfare of captive elephants view performances like these as exploitative because they encourage unnatural behaviour. Elephant tourism has increased across Asia. In Thailand there are now more elephants in captivity than in the wild. The COVID-19 pandemic caused international tourism to collapse, leading to elephant sanctuaries becoming overwhelmed with animals that can no longer be looked after by their owners.

Australians receiving Highly Commended awards included Caitlin Henderson (Behaviour: Invertebrates), Douglas Gimesy (Behaviour: Mammals), Juergen Freund (Plants and Fungi), Christian Spencer (Natural Artistry), Douglas Gimesy (Photojournalism).

Check out the category winners from the 57th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year at this link.

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April

In 'Old ways, new ways', works from three collections sit together to consider the ways that First Nations photography makes links between times gone by and the present, placing traditions within contemporary practice.

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'Land of Milk and Honey' depicts an imagined space below the surface of contemporary fantasy, where material ecologies, consumption, destruction, desire, and human and non-human bodies entangle.

May

The Monash Gallery of Art's exhibition, 'Being a voice', celebrates LGBTQIA+ young people aged between 15 and 25 who live, study, play, or work in the City of Monash.

The winner of TOPshots 2021–22 will receive the inaugural Rosie Hughes Memorial Prize, sponsored by The Waverley Camera Club, in memory of their late member Rosie Hughes. The announcement will be made on 28 May.

Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) has again joined forces with their artists to create a unique auction where they will share equally in the sale proceeds of their work. Tickets for the event on 31 May can be purchased until 24 May.