Queensland Museum and Australia Zoo have once again teamed up to showcase the stunning wildlife photography from the winners and finalists in the 2021 Australia Zoo Crikey! Magazine Photography Competition.
Set under the majestic humpback whales in the museum’s iconic Whale Mall, the photography display showcases a stunning array of images chosen from thousands of entries from around the world.
From a magnificent soaring eagle to a grizzly bear, the colourful plumage of a rainbow lorikeet, a herd of elephants and a rock wallaby in action – these are just a few of the photographic subjects captured globally and on display.
The 2021 competition had three categories Crikey! Magazine Cover, Crikey! Kids and The Natural World with the three winning entries on display. The photographs were judged by award winning photographers including Wildlife Warrior Robert Irwin, Georgina Steylter, Dudley Edmondson, Kate Berry and Queensland Museum photographer Gary Cranitch.
Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said it’s a great honour to partner with Australia Zoo and celebrate the diversity of the world around us through photography.
“Wildlife conservation and protecting the natural environment are a shared value for both organisations, and every year the photographs never cease to amaze, so I hope they inspire visitors to learn more about the importance of our rich biodiversity,” Dr Thompson said.
“We’re also delighted our award winning photographer Gary Cranitch was invited to be part of the judging panel in 2021.
“Gary has spent decades photographing the flora and fauna of our country, in particular Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, documenting moments in time to become important records that complement our State Collection.”
Wildlife conservationist Robert Irwin said he was impressed with the calibre of the entries received in 2021.
“I was thrilled to judge the Crikey! Magazine Photography Competition this year as we received excellent submissions from around the world,” he said.
“It is truly heartening to see so many Wildlife Warriors use photography to promote wildlife conservation.
“It is my hope that these stunning images will encourage people to capture the beauty of nature and inspire them to conserve our wildlife and wild places for generations to come.”
Visitors can view the images in the Queensland Museum Whale Mall from 18 November until 28 February 2022 and in the summer edition of Australia Zoo’s Crikey! Magazine.
Photo credit Australia Zoo.