Go wild

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PHO­TOG­RA­PHY IS some­thing we’re pas­sion­ate about at AG. And when can­vassed about why you sub­scribe to Aus­tralian Ge­o­graphic, it’s of­ten the beau­ti­ful pho­tos you en­thuse about most. They lie at the heart of our sto­ry­telling and of­ten pro­vide the hook that draws you in to read the rest of a story. They com­mu­ni­cate and in­spire. And we un­der­stand that a sin­gle photo can have the power to bring about pos­i­tive change by high­light­ing press­ing is­sues and po­ten­tially mov­ing peo­ple to take ac­tion. As such, pho­tos are vi­tal for bring­ing con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues to light.

It’s the fifth year of our part­ner­ship with the South Aus­tralian Mu­seum’s an­nual photo com­pe­ti­tion, orig­i­nally known as ANZANG and today called the Aus­tralian Ge­o­graphic Nature Photographer of the Year. Dur­ing that time, the con­test has grown in nu­mer­ous ways. The num­ber of par­tic­i­pants has in­creased and so has the qual­ity of en­tries. The win­ning and short­listed en­tries from the 2017 con­test are among the best we’ve seen and we bring you a se­lec­tion in this edi­tion. I hope they in­spire you to pick up a cam­era and get out­side for your­self.

We en­cour­age pho­tog­ra­phy at ev­ery turn, not only for its abil­ity to foster knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the nat­u­ral world, but also be­cause it en­cour­ages us to spend time in the great out­doors. There are so many ben­e­fits that come from con­nect­ing with nature. And yet it seems to elude many of us who live in our big cities. We hope to help over­come that through a new reg­u­lar fea­ture called Go­ing Wild (page 110) that we in­tro­duce in this is­sue. It’s about find­ing sim­ple ways to be­come im­mersed in nature that won’t break the bank and are within reach of our big­gest pop­u­la­tion cen­tres.

We’re also rein­tro­duc­ing My Favourite Place (see page 130) – hope­fully an­other way to en­cour­age you to get out­doors with a cam­era. Please send us a de­scrip­tion and photo of your favourite place and we’ll pub­lish the best ones.

I hope to catch up with some of you at the AG So­ci­ety awards on 1 Novem­ber in Syd­ney (see op­po­site) or per­haps at one of the Aus­tralian Ge­o­graphic Nature Photographer of the Year photo ex­hi­bi­tions in Ade­laide and Syd­ney.

Glid­ers by Night

Sugar glider, Pe­tau­rus bre­vi­ceps Charles Davis, New South Wales I set up a stu­dio to pho­to­graph pos­sums next to a tree I knew was be­ing used be­cause of the scratches up and down the trunk. I didn’t ex­pect to see glid­ers, but by the end of the project, I had three com­ing to the tree each night to feed. Yal­cowinna, Cooma, New South Wales Nikon D810, Sigma 15–30 f/.8, 1/10, f/5, ISO 2000, three Nikon SB700 flash, home-made cam­era trap with PRI sen­sor

Spe­cial­ist Mag­a­zine Brand of the Year Fol­low me on Twit­ter at: twit­ter.com/chris­sigoldrick

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