Stunning photos capture Australian nature in action

Colourful critters, magnificent marine life, resplendent reptiles and researchers at work are among the award-winning photos of Australian nature to be recognised today.

The Ecological Society of Australia has announced its 2017 Photo Competition winners at its annual conference in the Hunter Valley.

The stunning winning images are at

‘This year’s competition has attracted more than 290 entries from photographers and ecologists across Australia,’ said Dr Aaron Greenville, who heads the Society’s photo competition committee.

‘The Ecological Society of Australia runs the 'Ecology in Action' photographic competition to highlight the diversity, beauty and fascination of the biodiversity and ecosystems of Australia, and the role of ecologists in unravelling their mysteries.’

There are four categories in the competition:

1. Out standing in the field: ecologists in action

2. Niches & hollows: adaptive behaviour and Australian biodiversity

3. Beneath southern skies: unique Australian landscapes

4. When no-one’s watching: camera trap gems - remote camera Images

Australian media outlets are welcome to reproduce any of the award-winning images in association with ecology-related stories, with credit to the photographer and the Ecological Society of Australia. High-resolution images are available on request.

The Ecological Society of Australia is the peak group of ecologists in Australia, with 1200 members from all states and territories.

EcoTAS 2017, the joint conference of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society, is being held from 26 November to 1 December in the Hunter Valley, NSW. The Conference Program is available at:

Overall winner for the best single image: The Huntsman’s New Boots – Kristian Bell