This year’s Atlas of Life photography competition has produced wonderful images of many creatures great and small - from whales to rare birds.
Some of the creatures featured included a diamond firetail and a beach stone curlew, a complete paper nautilus and ghost mushrooms glowing in the dark.
Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness coordinator Libby Hepburn said; “The winning images are a treasure trove of the glories of the nature that surrounds us here.”
Mrs Hepburn thanked everyone who entered and our judges who had such a difficult job, and congratulations to the winners: First place to Toni Ward with Reflecting Spoonbills, Second place Tess Poyner of Dalmeny with Running Roo and Third place Georgia Poyner of Dalmeny with Seal Pup.
Winning prizes is nothing new for Narooma area sisters Tess and Georgia Poyner, who recently both took out awards at the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer awards.
The 40 winning images from this year’s competition are remarkable and you can see them all for the next two weeks at Merimbula EyeQ, 5B Market Street, Merimbula and online at the Atlas of Life and Instagram @merimbulaeyeq - Wild Eye.
About her winning image Toni said, “Driving past the Merimbula Lake one cloudless and blue-skied morning, I brought my car to a near screeching halt when I spied this little flock of spoonbills reflecting beautifully on the glassy water. In this pic they had just settled themselves down, then each placed their head beneath a wing for a mid-morning snooze, which also made a very cute image!”