The Nature Conservancy photography competition soon opening for 2016

How are your photography skills? Time to put them to use: conservation group The Nature Conservancy Australia is soon accepting entries to its annual photography competition.

The brief is simple – capture nature in Australia at its most beautiful.

“You don’t have to be a photographer by trade to have a good eye, anybody can capture the perfect shot, and this is a great opportunity to showcase what every Aussie sees in their local environment,” says director Rich Gilmore.

Last year’s competition saw more than 3,700 entries with an overall winner selected from a shortlist of 14.

Prizes this year include a $500 Flight Centre voucher, high tea for two at Melbourne’s Zumbo Café and a one-on-one workshop with a competition judge.

Submissions for 2016 close 4 November. To get you inspired, here is the winner of the 2015 competition and a few of the shortlisted finalists.

Keep an eye on their website to enter.

'Chasing Fish'.
Arthur Roy

Overall winner: Chasing Fish

A great eastern egret spots potential prey, in the form of a longtom, as it leaps from the water. Fish make up much of the egret’s diet, requiring fast reactions and a good eye to catch its prey.

'Fury of the Heavens'.
Bob Ellisdon

'Maratus plumosus'.
Billy Brown
Ben Goode

'Seadragon Encounter'.
Carl Charter

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