I recently entered the Queensland Conservation Council‘s annual Natural Wonders Photography competition, and won the category for Native Plants and Wildlife. I took this photo of a green turtle descending from the sea surface at Manta Bommie on Stradbroke Island – and both myself and the turtle feel very honoured to be awarded this prize.
The judges stated:
A dazzling image of a veteran sea turtle diving to the depths. The composition is perfect with the sun beaming from above and space around the image to gauge scale. The barnacles add context to the age of the turtle. An extremely strong image. Well done.
The following two photos are my other entries for the competition. For the Landscape category, I sent this photo of a full moon sinking behind the Great Dividing Range from the Scenic Rim in South-east Queensland:
For another entry to the Native Plants and Wildlife category, I submitted “You Shall Not Pass”, a photo of two huntsman spiders preparing to do battle (or worse,) on a tree branch on Mount Cootha. This is my favourite of the photos as it is technically better than the others, but is probably a little more difficult to sell to tourists.
Here are some other photos of creatures that we have seen around Brisbane in the last week.