Atlas of Life in the Coastal WIlderness

Photo Competition

We thank everyone who has entered this year’s Atlas of Life Photo Competition.
The images are stunning. They truly capture the rich diversity of wild nature across our region.

The winners will be announce early next year at an exhibition to be held at EyeQ, Merimbula. More details will be provided soon.

In the meantime, take a tour of the 2018 galleries … and start setting aside your own ‘best shots’ for entry in the 2019 competition!

Category: terrestrial vertebrates (excluding birds)

Category: birds

… and more birds

 Category: marine & intertidal

… and more ‘marine & intertidal’

Category: plants & fungi

Category: invertebrates

Some entries from the above categories have also been nominated in the ‘Special Categories’ below:

special category: ecological interactions

Special category: age 13-17 years

Special category: age under 13 years

Note: if you have submitted a photo and it does not appear here, or if there is an error in the category or other details, please report the problem using the button below. We will get onto it right away!


Overall first prize is two nights in a luxurious Tanja Lagoon Camp safari tent. There is also a $150 voucher for Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant, kindly donated by Jacqui Smith, and a $100 gift voucher for third place.


All of our judges are keen photographers themselves, with many years of practical experience. They are experienced in nature photography and know what to look for in identifying outstanding images. And, as members of our broader Atlas of Life community, they have kindly offered their support to this year's competition.

1: David Gallan
2: Paul Whitington
3: Christa Drysdale & Dawn Wood (special guests from the Atlas of Life: Budawang Coast region)
4: Belinda Rosenbaum (special judge for age-specific categories)

Click here to view the full conditions of entry in this year’s Photo Competition, including category descriptions and judging criteria.

The Atlas of Life thanks the following organisations for their ongoing support of this competition:

Note: Photographers’ names are currently masked. At the end of the competition judging, all images will be appropriately attributed. Please do not reuse any of these images without permission and acknowledgement.