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Ecology photo awards showcase Australia's stunning biodiversity

Ecology photo awards showcase ...
Peter Salt was short-listed in the Animals sub-category for this shot of a common Sydney octopus
Peter Salt was short-listed in the Animals sub-category for this shot of a common Sydney octopus
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Alex Pike's shot of a southern hairy crayfish was taken with the camera only partly submerged for a striking composition
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Alex Pike's shot of a southern hairy crayfish was taken with the camera only partly submerged for a striking composition
This photograph of a bioluminescent ghost mushroom won overall runner up
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This photograph of a bioluminescent ghost mushroom won overall runner up
Nathan Emery took first place in the Landscapes sub-category with this shot taken in the Tarkine rainforest in north-west Tasmania
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Nathan Emery took first place in the Landscapes sub-category with this shot taken in the Tarkine rainforest in north-west Tasmania
Kristian Bell's haunting capture, taken near the peak of Mount Macedon in Victoria, took second place in the Lanscapes sub-category
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Kristian Bell's haunting capture, taken near the peak of Mount Macedon in Victoria, took second place in the Lanscapes sub-category
Kristian Bell also took third place in the Landscapes sub-category for this "uniquely Australian" photograph of a mallee habitat
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Kristian Bell also took third place in the Landscapes sub-category for this "uniquely Australian" photograph of a mallee habitat
Sophie Cross was commended in the Landscapes sub-category for this photo of a lightning storm in Western Australia's Mid West
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Sophie Cross was commended in the Landscapes sub-category for this photo of a lightning storm in Western Australia's Mid West
This shot of three mountains that make up The Hazards on Tasmania's east coast was taken by Nathan Emery, and commended in the Landscapes category
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This shot of three mountains that make up The Hazards on Tasmania's east coast was taken by Nathan Emery, and commended in the Landscapes category
Kristian Bell was shortlisted in the Landscapes sub-category for this panorama taken at Wilsons Promontory National Park south east of Melbourne
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Kristian Bell was shortlisted in the Landscapes sub-category for this panorama taken at Wilsons Promontory National Park south east of Melbourne
Nathan Emery was also recognized for this photo, shortlisted in Landscapes. It depicts the stunning hexagonal basalt pillars of Bombo Headland Quarry in New South Wales
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Nathan Emery was also recognized for this photo, shortlisted in Landscapes. It depicts the stunning hexagonal basalt pillars of Bombo Headland Quarry in New South Wales
The dusky leaf-nosed bat uses its eponymous snout to aid echo-location. Jannico Kelk took second place in the Animals sub-category for this photo of one such specimen
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The dusky leaf-nosed bat uses its eponymous snout to aid echo-location. Jannico Kelk took second place in the Animals sub-category for this photo of one such specimen
Alex Pike took third place in Animals for this shot of the nocturnal Sydney octopus
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Alex Pike took third place in Animals for this shot of the nocturnal Sydney octopus
This shot of a gum moth on a gum tree by Harrison Warne was highly commended in the Animals sub-category
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This shot of a gum moth on a gum tree by Harrison Warne was highly commended in the Animals sub-category
Ali Moughnieh was commended in the Animals sub-category for this photo of a belid weevil, which mimics the long-nosed lycid beetle
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Ali Moughnieh was commended in the Animals sub-category for this photo of a belid weevil, which mimics the long-nosed lycid beetle
Kristian Bell was commended in the Animals sub-category for this shot of a butcherbird trying (and failing) to get at a family of spotted pardalotes
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Kristian Bell was commended in the Animals sub-category for this shot of a butcherbird trying (and failing) to get at a family of spotted pardalotes
This close-up of a banded knob-tailed gecko cleaning its eye, taken by Jasmine Vink, was also commended in the Animals sub-category
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This close-up of a banded knob-tailed gecko cleaning its eye, taken by Jasmine Vink, was also commended in the Animals sub-category
This remarkable photo by Thomas Sayers shows a peacock spider, Maratus tasmanicus (which is a kind of jumping spider), predating a fly. It was short-listed in the Animals sub-category
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This remarkable photo by Thomas Sayers shows a peacock spider, Maratus tasmanicus (which is a kind of jumping spider), predating a fly. It was short-listed in the Animals sub-category
This shot by Kit Prendergast of Dawson's burrowing bees was short-listed in the Animals sub-category. It shows a female bee emerging from the ground to mate with a male.
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This shot by Kit Prendergast of Dawson's burrowing bees was short-listed in the Animals sub-category. It shows a female bee emerging from the ground to mate with a male.
Peter Salt's colorful shot of blue bottle and Waratah anemones at Bawley Point in New South Wales was short-listed in Animals
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Peter Salt's colorful shot of blue bottle and Waratah anemones at Bawley Point in New South Wales was short-listed in Animals
Peter Salt was short-listed in the Animals sub-category for this shot of a common Sydney octopus
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Peter Salt was short-listed in the Animals sub-category for this shot of a common Sydney octopus
This shot of forest floor scooped third place in the Plants and Fungi sub-category for Nathan Emery
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This shot of forest floor scooped third place in the Plants and Fungi sub-category for Nathan Emery
Nathan Emery was also commended in Plants and Fungi for this shot
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Nathan Emery was also commended in Plants and Fungi for this shot
Jarrad Barnes was commended in the Plants and Fungi sub-category for this shot of new growth emerging from a bough of a tree
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Jarrad Barnes was commended in the Plants and Fungi sub-category for this shot of new growth emerging from a bough of a tree
Jarrad Barnes was also commended for this photo in Plants and Fungi, taken in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales
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Jarrad Barnes was also commended for this photo in Plants and Fungi, taken in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales
Jarrad Barnes was short-listed for this photograph of an Australian buttercup
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Jarrad Barnes was short-listed for this photograph of an Australian buttercup
Alex Pike was short-listed in Plants and Fungi for this shot of a rock pool replete with Neptune's necklace
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Alex Pike was short-listed in Plants and Fungi for this shot of a rock pool replete with Neptune's necklace
Dahlia Foo won the Ecologists in Action sub-category with this shot of Foo working with long-nosed fur seals
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Dahlia Foo won the Ecologists in Action sub-category with this shot of Foo working with long-nosed fur seals
Second place in Ecologists in Action went to Christine Fernance for this shot of an eastern quoll being released at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
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Second place in Ecologists in Action went to Christine Fernance for this shot of an eastern quoll being released at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
Catherine Young won third place in the Ecologists in Action sub-category for this photo of ecologist Allie Nance setting up a camera to monitor threatened Norfolk Island robins
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Catherine Young won third place in the Ecologists in Action sub-category for this photo of ecologist Allie Nance setting up a camera to monitor threatened Norfolk Island robins
Pamela Walsh won the Mobile Phone Photography for this photograph of a cuckoo wasp
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Pamela Walsh won the Mobile Phone Photography for this photograph of a cuckoo wasp
Jarrad Barnes took second in the Mobile Phone Photography sub-category for this striking shot of a small fig tree growing from sandstone in the Mittiebah Range
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Jarrad Barnes took second in the Mobile Phone Photography sub-category for this striking shot of a small fig tree growing from sandstone in the Mittiebah Range
Third place in the Mobile Phone Photography sub-category went to Jasmine Lee for this landscape taken from Mount Murchison in Tasmania
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Third place in the Mobile Phone Photography sub-category went to Jasmine Lee for this landscape taken from Mount Murchison in Tasmania
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The Ecological Society of Australia has revealed the winners of its 2019 Ecology in Action photography competition, which captures some of Australia’s most stunning creatures and habitats. Let's take a look.

Alex Pike's shot of a southern hairy crayfish was taken with the camera only partly submerged for a striking composition
Alex Pike's shot of a southern hairy crayfish was taken with the camera only partly submerged for a striking composition

Photographer Alex Pike was the overall winner with this entry in the Animals sub-category. The shot captures an endangered southern hairy crayfish, which can only be found along a 50-km stretch of stream in the Illawarra Range of mountains in New South Wales.

This photograph of a bioluminescent ghost mushroom won overall runner up
This photograph of a bioluminescent ghost mushroom won overall runner up

Overall runner-up was Marcia Riederer with a shot of a ghost mushroom growing on a tree trunk one the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. Its eerie green bioluminescence is thought to attract insects to disperse spores. The photo also scooped first place in the Plants and Fungi sub-category.

Pamela Walsh won the Mobile Phone Photography for this photograph of a cuckoo wasp
Pamela Walsh won the Mobile Phone Photography for this photograph of a cuckoo wasp

The awards also recognize mobile phone photography, with this shot of a cuckoo wasp by Pamela Walsh winning in that category.

The winners were chosen from more than 350 entries, and announced at the society’s conference in Launceston in November. You can see all the winners, and highlights from the commendations and short-listed entries in this image gallery.

Source: The Ecological Society of Australia

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