Finalists zoom in for Australian Geographic photography win

A shortlist has been announced for the South Australian Museum’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year award. See the SA finalists.

Jun 21, 2024, updated Jun 21, 2024

The South Australian Museum has today announced the shortlist of photos in the running for the 2024 award.

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year award has been running for over 20 years, allowing photographers of all ages and experience levels to submit photos taken across Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea.

This year’s competition saw 1856 entries from 442 photographers across 12 countries, with 92 finalists chosen inluding 13 from South Australia.

“From jaw dropping landscapes, curious creatures and celestial skies, this year’s shortlist captures nature in its rawest and most vulnerable form,” South Australian Museum director David Gaimster said.

“The competition has grown and evolved over the past two decades and this year we introduced the well-received aerial category capturing never before seen moments from above.”

The competition has 10 categories: animals in nature, aerial, astrophotography, macro, landscape, threatened species, monochrome, our impact, junior and portfolio.

The junior category had the most South Australian finalists, with four entries making the cut.

“It is always exciting to see our up-and-coming photographers in the Junior category setting the bar high with their incredible photographs,” Gaimster said.

The overall winner will be announced on August 29, as well as category winners, runners-up and the Portfolio Prize. The South Australian Museum will host an exhibition from August 31.

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


Blurred Horizons by Levi Trapp

Elegance by Maya Hughes

Burrowing Beauty by Arlo Wallace: Junior

Prickly by Anouk Chapman


Dance of the Salsify by Dianne Galbraith

Xanthorrhoea. After the fire by Simon Ladd

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Threatened Species:

Bat Hands by Emmanuel Smith

Digging Deep by Brad Leue

Animals in Nature:

Curious Dingo pup by Dave Sanderson


Lake Gardiner Fire, Colour of the ranges and Yanerbie Mist by Will Godward

Our Impact:

Tailing Dam by David Dahlenburg:

Highway to Hell by Jiayuan Liang


Rain Dance by by Dianne Galbraith

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