Opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum
The 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2015, Darling Harbour
Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum on June 23.
On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the world renowned exhibition showcases 100 awe-inspiring images from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes.
The international tour spans six continents and allows the images – including the winning pictures – to be seen by millions of people. This is the first time the exhibition will be held at the National Maritime Museum while touring Australia.
Kevin Sumption, museum director, said the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition held broad appeal due to its rich subject matter showcasing the diversity of life on our planet. “This is one of the most innovative and popular photographic competitions of its kind and we are delighted that Sydney audiences can now enjoy these unforgettable and inspiring images at the Australian National Maritime Museum.”
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition launched in 1965 and now receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. There are 21 categories for both adults and younger photographers exploring the world’s natural environment.
Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, the images are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.
One of the winning images is by Australian author, explorer and conservation photographer Michael Aw. His image entitled A whale of a mouthful shows an imposing Bryde’s whale, ripping through a mass of sardines and gulping hundreds in a single pass.
Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 for his image Tale of two foxes, a beautiful but haunting portrait of the struggle for life in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada.
The 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition opens on June 23. Tickets are $20 adults, $12 concessions and children and members go FREE. Click here For further information
The Australian National Maritime Museum, in Darling Harbour, is open from 9.30am to 5pm daily. All enquiries (02) 9298 3777 or visit www.anmm.gov.au.
This month’s features
The spectacular Flinders: A rugged and scenic hideaway
Just half a day’s drive from Adelaide you’ll nd an incredible national park that is rugged and beautiful and simply transforms with every visit. Lisa Nunn ventures into this incredible place that lures photographers, adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and travellers from around the world.
Chasing shadows: A bee-eater without equal
There are many bee-eaters on this planet, but none compare with our beautiful Rainbow Bee-eater. John Cooper not only magically captures them in pictures, he tells us all about this bird of dazzling colours.
Secret Places: Mountains in the sea: Flinders Island
‘Let the destination surprise you’– and Flinders Island, as Simon Watharow and Steve Cook attest, will do just that, with its many layers of subtle, yet wondrous, windswept and idyllic natural heritage sites that will simply win
The island of giant snakes: Mt Chappell Island—a unique natural history
Snakes alive! This is one of those places where you really z have to love them because they own the place. Renowned
for its Tiger snakes, some of Mt Chappell’s snakes are huge
because this unique island has provided the perfect island for a snake hideaway.
The greatest wildlife-watching show
There are 80 species of whale worldwide, of which 40 can be found in Australian waters. Whales are a marine, air-breathing mammal. Their general movement and migratory patterns may follow seasonal weather, water conditions and the movement of their main food, krill, which live in the cooler waters off Antarctica.
According to some estimates there are 10 to 20 million people who will engage with whale watching each year. The revenue generated by this industry is thought to be nearly $1 billion. As a tourist attraction, the industry is expanding across the globe in places like the United States, Dominican Republic, Canada, South America, South Africa, South Pacific islands, Panama, Mexico and, of course, Australia.
The Humpback Whale is clearly the most well known of all the whales. It is an iconic whale-watching species. This whale grows up to 16 m long and migrates from its Antarctic feeding grounds between June and August, returning from August through till September. In some cases the Humpback may migrate up to 5000 kms, mating and calving along the eastern coastline as well as from Shark Bay to the Kimberley in the west. These whales are generally highly mobile with their iconic breaching and tail flapping, and a popular nursery site for them is Hervey Bay in Queensland, making this a fantastic location to whale watch. (continue reading…)
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making the top-10 most venomous: It’s not what you think
A chance find of a new snake species in Western Australia sent reptile lovers into a frenzy. Could this be the most deadly of them all? but rating snakes is not as easy as it seems, as luke Allen explains.
A frilling sight: reptiles of the Top End
There is something about the northern parts of Australia that makes it a lizard haven. If you’re quick, there are
so many reptiles to be spotted up there, and Jasmine Vink doesn’t shy away from these encounters of the herpetological kind.
Seasons greetings to all our readers! Time has certainly flown and we are rushing towards the end of 2014 and there is an explosion of activity across the wildlife arena. Whether you are a watcher, keeper, carer
or naturalist, we hope you are taking time out to discover or further explore our country’s glorious wildlife.
In September this year, our magazine was shortlisted for the coveted Maggies award in the Science and Nature category. In our regular newsletter, we told you of our nomination and asked you to vote for us. And, boy, did you respond! In November we were voted the winner of this category for our Vol3 No5 (Fungi) cover. A very big congratulations to our magazine designer, Jean Watson, and of course to John Cooper, for his stunning cover photograph and article.
So what better way to end the year than with another Cooper spectacular? This time around, John shows us a “galah” time with these Australian iconic parrots as you have never seen them before.
Also in this issue, Simon Fearn highlights the resilient and adaptable Tiger Snake. It has an intriguing ability to adapt to environmental pressures, both natural and unnatural – and the pictures are jaw-dropping!
Can dogs and penguins live in harmony? This issue features the wonderful Maremmar Guardian Dog. Discover how the skills of this amazing Italian breed have been harnessed to save the Little Penguin.
In our Overseas Secret Places article, Grant Szuveges explores Nepal and Northern India’s famous parks, showcasing the exotic wildlife for which these areas are known.
Many thanks to all our readers for your support through the year, and especially for voting for us in the Maggies. We look forward to sharing this coming year with our wildlife friends and in 2015 we will continue to fascinate, inform and delight you. We wish you, your family and friends (including those feathered, scaly and furry) a relaxing and safe festive season!
The Wildlife Secrets team
Vol 3 No 3 OUT NOW!
At Wildlife Secrets we can’t quite believe that 2013 is drawing to a close. We have now been in publication for 21⁄2 years! It’s been such a joyous ride but we couldn’t have done this without our wonderful photographers, editorial staff, sponsors and advertisers and, of course, our loyal readers. As a holiday season gift to you, we have a fabulous subscription offer to help ring in the New Year.
If you subscribe to Australian Wildlife Secrets by 31 January 2014,
you’ll pay only $49.95 instead of the usual $55—plus you’ll receive a bonus magazine, free! Hurry to our website at www.wildlifesecrets.com.au to take advantage of this limited-time offer.
This issue is jam-packed with interesting articles, including one about our cover star, the echidna. It is a unique creature with a refined grace and
a dignified propriety, as Dr Peggy Rismiller explains. The winner of the EarthWatch Expedition Competition, Tony Egan, tells us about his amazing time with the team in north Queensland’s tropical rainforests. Lisa Nunn introduces us to the amazing Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a wetland haven for wildlife, particularly waterbirds.
As Peter Ward discovered, nature can throw up some truly astonishing relationships and this wildlife friendship will intrigue and delight you! Our resident vet Dr Tristan Rich provides extraordinary insight into the range of available treatments for damaged turtle shells. Felicity Wishart explains why the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from something quite avoidable, and how one of our best-known wildlife warriors, Bob Irwin, has joined forces with the Australian Marine Conservation Society in what is shaping up to be a monumental fight for the reef.
These are just some of the many superb articles in this issue. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed preparing them for you. We wish you, your families and your friends a safe, happy and relaxing summer and look forward to bringing you more inspiring, captivating and informative issues of Wildlife Secrets in 2014.