We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Atlas of Life Photography competition

  • Pacific Gull with Crab - Leo Berzins

    Winner of the most fiercely contested – “Birds” category and Overall Winner of the competition

    “Pacific Gull on Merimbula beach with a freshly caught crab that it did not want to share.”

    The first prize is two nights at the Tanja Lagoon Camp. Kindly donated by Coastal Wilderness Ventures – Sam and Loz Bright

  • Family Portrait - Tess Poyner

    Overall Runner Up – winner of the “Flora and Fungi” category

    Taken with a Nikon Coolpix L25 compact, at the Bodalla State Forest

    Prize – $100 voucher for Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant” Merimbula (kindly doneated by Jacqui Smith)

    Taken with a Nikon Coolpix L25 compact, at the Bodalla State Forest This shot reminds me of a family photo!!
  • Portrait of a Cuttlefish - Georgia Poyner

    Winner of the Underwater category

    Taken with a Canon EOS 50D, at Dalmeny. These magnificent creatures are just beautiful. I particularly like how this one is backlit from the sun.

    Taken with a Canon EOS 50D, at Dalmeny. These magnificent creatures are just beautiful. I particularly like how this one is backlit from the sun.
  • One-eyed soldier crab - Harrison Warne

    Winner of the Marine & Intertidal Species category

    Low tide Merimbula lake. Canon 50D.

  • Water skink and meal - Harrison Warne

    Winner of the Terrestial Vertebrate category

    Water Skink eating a katydid. Canon 500D

  • Mantis - Harrison Warne

    Winner of the Invertebrate category

    Praying mantis. Canon 500D

  • Pacific Gull with crab - Leo Berzins

    Winner of the Birds category

    Pacific Gull on Merimbula beach with a freshly caught crab that it did not want to share

  • Family Portrait - Tess Poyner

    Winner of the Flora and Fungi category

    Taken with a Nikon Coolpix L25 compact, at the Bodalla State Forest This shot reminds me of a family photo!!
  • Purple urchin - Georgia Poyner

    Winner of the Nightlife category

    Taken with a Canon Powershot D30, at night along the breakwall, Narooma
    The colours you can get at night with some reasonable light are spectacular.

  • Busy Bees - Tess Poyner

    Winner of the Under 16 category

    Taken with a Nikon Coolpix L25 compact, in our garden at Dalmeny.
    I couldn’t resist the beautiful yellow flowers – neither could the bees!

    Taken with a Nikon Coolpix L25 compact, in our garden at Dalmeny. I couldn't resist the beautiful yellow flowers - neither could the bees!
  • Harrison Photographing Seals - Michaela Gersbach

    Winner of the Atlanats at work (Atlas Naturalists) category

    Harrison Warne taking a photo of an Australian Fur Seal on the Narooma break wall.

See the full gallery of winners below and click on an image to see it at large size

The quality of the 235 entries is very good again and it was difficult for the judges to decide on the winners. Once again our young photographers have done very well, with Harrison Warne winning every position in the Terrestial Vertebrates section and the Invertebrates. Georgia Poyner won all positions in the Nighlife category with her splendid photos of the marine nighlife along the Narooma wharf. Interestingly Georgia’s sister Tess has now come onto our scene and has taken overall second prize with her “Family Portrait” of Austrobloetus fungi.

It seems that the judges have sensed the quality of images that come when the photographer has a real passion for their subject. The “Birds’ category is the most popular with all our photographers, this year attracting 89 entries. Fascinating then that Leo Berzins has won every single honour including the commendeds. The judges had no idea who had taken the photographs, so it was really interesting to see how their choices turned out.

The winner of the new video category is “Don’t condone Pindone poisoning” by Sharon Beder

I have been managing the competition, so I have got to know the photographs very well and have enjoyed all the variety and insights you have given us into the wonderful species of our region. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has taken part. Thank you very much to our judges for their time and efforts. We now have a splendid collection of winning photographs which we will be printing and exhibiting, firstly at the upcoming Mimosa Rocks Bioblitz in November 7 & 8th. Do come along to Tanja Hall to see them and join our celebration of the talent and beauty that surrounds us here.

Libby Hepburn