WILD WONDERS: Captured at Nature Photo Exhibition

Some of the most astonishing and rarely seen moments from the natural world are being brought into focus at the Australian Museum. The acclaimed Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year (AGNPY) exhibition opens June 22, shining a light on the breathtaking beauty, ferocity and fragility of fauna, flora and landscapes across Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea.

Over 95 striking finalist images were selected from more than 2,800 entries for this year's exhibition produced by the South Australian Museum. They run the gamut from blazing bushfires to curious crocodiles, offering powerful new perspectives into our environment's profound wonders and challenges.

"Through these photographs we are asked to think more deeply about our natural world, and our footprint on the earth," said Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay AO. "As the steward of our vast collection, the AM is devoted to highlighting environmental conservation and raising awareness of the challenges nature is facing."

The immersive exhibition features a range of categories including Animals in Nature, Urban Wildlife, Landscapes, Threatened Species and more. Highlights include Matty Smith's otherworldly courtship scene of cuttlefish that topped the Animals category, and a perfectly timed shot of a green tree frog making itself at home in a steel toilet bowl by Tom Owen Edmunds.

But the most gripping image may be NSW photographer Samuel Markham's "My Country Burns" - the overall winner depicting him defending his home against the catastrophic 2019 bushfires.

"Nothing can prepare someone for being straight in the line of a pyrocumulonimbus firestorm with temperatures exceeding 1,000°C," Markham said of the netted inferno he captured.

To complement the powerful exhibition, the Australian Museum is offering Digital Wildlife Photography Workshops led by award-winning nature photographer Angela Robertson-Buchanan. The programs teach techniques for ethically photographing wildlife, allowing guests to practice their new skills on the museum's taxidermy collections and live animal specimens.

From the brutal to the bucolic, the AGNPY exhibition aims to inspire visitors to better appreciate our precious natural environments and the importance of preserving them for future generations. After tours in Adelaide and Canberra, these unforgettable scenes from nature's arena arrive in Sydney for a run from 22 June through until 13 October. Entry is free.

Exhibition Details:
Dates: 22 June – 13 October 2024.
Free entry
More information: https://australian.museum/exhibition/agnpy-2023/

Workshop Details:
Digital Wildlife Photography Workshop (Beginner)
Dates: 27 July 2024 | 7 & 8 September 2024
Times: 10.30am – 1.30pm. Cost: Members: $140, Adult: $175, Concession: $157.50

Digital Wildlife Photography Workshop (Intermediate)                                       
Dates: 27 July 2024 | 7 & 8 September 2024                                                           
Times: 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Cost: Members: $140, Adult: $175, Concession: $157.50.
Recommended for: 16+ years

(images: supplied, as watermarked)