While many Australians will be familiar with the UK-based Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and touring exhibition, few will have heard of the annual ANZANG (Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea) Nature photographic competition held in Australia.
Stuart Miller, a Perth-based surgeon, started the ANZANG Nature landscape photography competition in 2004. A conservationist and photographer himself, he says he established the competition with the aim of encouraging greater public appreciation of the Australasian region's natural heritage.
Now in its fourth year, the competition has become a landmark event for Australasian photographers. It is open to both amateurs and professionals, of any age or nationality, with the only proviso being that images must have been taken in the ANZANG region.
Jennifer Horsnell, whose photo series of a huntsman spider devouring another huntsman won the Portfolio category of the 2006 competition, says that nature and wildlife photography competitions are very important in 'educating people about the diversity and fragility of our natural environment'.
'More awareness ultimately leads to habitat conservation and the preservation of species--in all, a greater appreciation for the beauty of our natural world. …