Our original category, the winning image will be featured on the cover of the 2023 Summer Edition of Crikey! Magazine. Photographs submitted to this category had to be portrait orientated and feature an animal, photographed anywhere in the world.
Crikey! Magazine Cover – Winning Image:
Winner: Karthik Subramaniam
A coastal brown bear waits patiently for salmon at Brooks Falls, Alaska. His story is that of patience and perseverance – he had his eyes on the prize and never gave up. I wanted to showcase that through this long exposure.
Location: Brooks Falls, Alaska, United States
Camera/Lens: Sony A1, Sony 100-400mm GM lens
Highly Commended: Luke Pembroke
The two-striped forest pitviper, known locally as “loro machacho,” is perhaps the most feared species in Peru. This snake is at home in the treetops, able to anchor itself in place with its prehensile tail. Locals tell exaggerated tales of these snakes intentionally falling from the canopy to strike those passing by.
Location: Forest Research Station, Tambopata, Peru
Camera/Lens: ony a7iii, Laowa 100mm lens
Finalist: Alison Lee Rubie
‘A Majestic King’
As our group prepared to leave the Maasai Mara, we drove slowly through the open plains when out of a solitary bush walks this majestic lion and his son. The setting sun provided the perfect opportunity to capture this portrait of a king.
Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Camera/Lens: Canon 5D Mark IV, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens with 2x extender
Finalist: Alyce van Norden
‘The Long Drink’
Giraffes are notoriously cautious when it comes to having a drink. I waited for what seemed like an age to be able to snap this reflective photo of a beautiful giraffe in one of its most vulnerable moments.
Location: Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana, Africa
Camera/Lens: Canon RP Mirrorless, Canon EF 100-400mm lens
Finalist: Frazer Leal
‘A Floral Shelter’
I love exploring Lamington National Park, especially when it’s raining. These conditions bring out all sorts of fascinating creatures, with the red-eyed tree frog being one of my favourites. I sometimes find them on Cunjevoi plants, which they use for protection and finding food.
Location: Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia
Camera/Lens: Sony a1, Sony 70-200mm GM II lens