Shark Circling Whale Carcass Wins Nature Photography Competition


Overall winner. Nature’s Prey | Ashlee Jansen

A stark photo of life and death has won the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition for 2022.

Ashlee Jansen was crowned the overall winner for her photo of a shark circling the carcass of a young whale and took home a prize of AU$10,000 ($11,690).

Entitled Nature’s Preyit was shot in Coral Bay, Western Australia, and underlines the brutal nature of the planet’s ecosystem.

“Tour boats had been watching the young whale for days as it slowly moved through the bay, appearing sicker and slower with more shark bites over its body day after day,” explains Jansen.

Jansen’s friends spotted an oil slick on the surface caused by the fallen cetacean and the photographer went out to explore.

“I rushed out to their location and jumped in the water to find the skeleton of the young humpback whale laying still on the ocean floor. Surrounding the bare bones were several different species of well-fed sharks,” she says.

Winner in the Threatened Species category. Ocean Giant | Jake Wilton
Runner up in the Threatened Species category. Head On | Matty Smith
Winner in the Astrophotography category. The Outlier | Jason Perry
Winner in the Astrophotography category. Flinders Ruse | William Godward
Winner in the Astrophotography category. The Outlier | Jason Perrt
Runner up in the Monochrome category. Crackle and Pop | Jarrod Koh
Winner in the Animals in Nature category. Night Light Dining | Jannico Kelk
Runner up in the Animals in Nature category. Midnight Seahorse | Matt Testonic
Runner-up in the Urban Animals category. Sleeping Dragon | Gary Meredith
Portfolio Prize | Alejandro Trevino
Portfolio Prize | Alejandro Trevino
Portfolio Prize | Alejandro Trevino
Portfolio Prize | Alejandro Trevino
Portfolio Prize | Alejandro Trevino
Portfolio Prize | Alejandro Trevino
Winner in the Our Impact category. snagged | Alan Kwok
Runner-up in the Our Impact category. Landing on Mars | Jiayuan Liang
Winner in the Landscape category. Breaking Dawn | Yan Zhang
Runner up in the Landscape category. Forces of Nature | Ellie Morris
Runner-up in the Botanical category. A pink tomb | James Dorsey

Runner-up in the Botanical category. Gnarled Mossy Cloud Forest | Justin Gilligan

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition, formerly ANZANG, is produced by the South Australian Museum.

It is open to all photographers of all ages, skill levels, and nationalities.

The competition is exhibited at the South Australian Museum until October 30. Tickets are available here.

For more, visits the competition’s website.

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