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Hairy crayfish; forest ghosts; Tarkine reflections; and more amazing nature images – ecology photo competition winners announced

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Winning images from the annual Ecology in Action Photo Competition have been announced at the Ecological Society of Australia Conference in Launceston.

The winners were chosen from over 350 entries, capturing the diversity and beauty of Australia’s unique ecosystems, and the role of ecologists in unravelling their mysteries. The winner takes home a $500 cash prize, with cash prizes also awarded for the place getters in each category.

Full image gallery available at: www.ecolsoc.org.au/photographer-of-year/image/2019-shortlist-gallery

For more information contacts: Toni Stevens; Ecological Society of Australia on 0401 763 130 or media@ecolsoc.org.au

OVERALL WINNER
1st place in Niches & Hollows: Adaptive Behaviour & Australian Biodiversity – Animals (sub-category)

Alex Pike – Beautiful but Unknown

This is Euastacus hirsutus, of the southern hairy crayfish. It’s a beautifully striking crustacean that, like many of our Australian freshwater crayfish, is largely unknown. It’s status is endangered, and it’s only found along a 50km stretch of slow flowing streams along the Illawarra escarpment of NSW. Hi-res image here, must be credited to photograher and ESA www.ecolsoc.org.au/files/webform/photo-competition/2019/ajp.esaentries.2019-4.jpg

OVERALL RUNNER UP

1st place in Niches & Hollows: Adaptive Behaviour & Australian Biodiversity – Plants & Fungi (sub-category) – supported by the Australian Flora Foundation

Marcia Riederer – The ghost of the forest

The elusive ghost mushroom show starts after dark, when the green light of its bio- luminescence glows across the last remaining stand of original woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria. The glows is believed to attract insects that then help to disperse the spores and spread the mushroom. Hi-res image here, must be credited to photograher and ESA.

1st place in Southern Skies: Our Unique Australian Landscapes

Nathan Emery – Reflections of the Tarkine

It can be hard to capture some sort of order from complexity. And it’s a complex world within the Tarkine rainforest. This serene view shows but a tiny fraction of the second largest extent of cool temperate rainforest the world has left. Hi-res image here, must be credited to photograher and ESA.

1st place in Out Standing in the Field: Ecologists in Action

Dahlia Foo – Successful recapture

This photo was taken after a successful recapture of a tagged female long-nosed fur seal where a geolocation light logger was recovered from her after being deployed for more than 5 months. The researcher (Dahlia Foo) was monitoring the female post-recovery to ensure she is alright. Hi-res image here, must be credited to photograher and ESA.

1st place in Sent from my Mobile: Mobile Phone Photography

Pamela Walsh – Cuckoo wasp

This was the first time I had ever seen a cuckoo wasp, very noisy when in flight, my heart was pounding from fear and excitement as at the time I didn’t know if it was dangerous, just gorgeous. Hi-res image here, must be credited to photograher and ESA.