Busy wasps shot wins world prize

The West Australian - - NEWS -

They are the Os­cars of wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy — and WA shut­ter­bug Ge­orgina Steytler’s stun­ning pic­ture of wasps play­ing in the Gooma­lling mud has won her one of the cov­eted gongs in Lon­don.

The Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year awards, run by Bri­tain’s Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, at­tract the best nat­u­ral pho­tog­ra­phers from across the globe every year. This year, it drew 45,000 en­tries from 95 coun­tries.

In the In­ver­te­brates Be­hav­iour cat­e­gory, Ms Steytler be­came the first Aus­tralian woman to win in the 54-year his­tory of the awards.

Taken at Wa­ly­or­mour­ing Na­ture Re­serve, two hours east of Perth, the shot shows in­dus­tri­ous fe­male mud-dauber wasps, turn­ing mud into balls to cre­ate egg cham­bers for their nests.

“I was ac­tu­ally there to pho­to­graph the birds when I no­ticed the wasps dig­ging out then car­ry­ing off lit­tle balls of mud. The most amaz­ing be­hav­iour,” Ms Steytler said.

“I feel so lucky. Not only to get the shot, but then to get it cho­sen at all. To win, it’s pretty huge.” Tim Clarke

Pic­ture: Ge­orgina Steytler

Wasps in the mud on a hot sum­mer day at Wa­ly­or­mour­ing Na­ture Re­serve.

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