Around August every year, the South Australian Museum hosts Australia’s biggest wildlife photography exhibition, The Australian Nature Photographer of the Year awards. These awards and subsequent exhibition celebrate Australia’s best wildlife images as judged by highly respected photographers from Australia and abroad.
The awards night is a wonderful evening where awarded and shortlisted photographers travel to Adelaide from around the world to not only see who has won awards but also to view the images on show and to socialise and network with fellow wildlife photographers.
Australia has a thriving community of wildlife photographers, many enjoy this activity as a hobby while some make living from it. There are some Australian wildlife photographers who are considered to be among the best in their field in the world!
This year I was honoured to have two images accepted for the exhibition. One image had two possums peeking out of a roof space and the other was of a zebra finch couple who had made a nest in a manmade structure. Both images were in the “our impact” category which is one of nine categories this year.
I have previously travelled to Adelaide for NPOTY in 2017 having one image accepted into the exhibition that year. This year I was just as excited to attend as I knew I would be able to catch up with many wonderful photographers who I normally only converse with on social media.
My wife and I stayed in Adelaide for a short time after the awards taking in the sights and visiting the winery region that sits on the outskirts of Adelaide. I look forward to visiting Adelaide again soon, hopefully for the wonderful Australian Nature Photographer of the Year awards!