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Camera House : Better Pictures 14
sight. “Hundreds launched themselves out of the water and onto the ice above me – it was a moment that I felt incredibly fortunate to witness, and one I’ll never forget.” Nicklen says he seeks to shine a spotlight on the impact of man on an oft-times fragile environment. “I call myself an interpreter and a translator,” said Nicklen. “I translate what the scientists are telling me. If we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire eco-system. I hope we can realise through my photography how interconnected these species are. It just takes one image to get someone’s attention.” The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is on show at the Australian Museum until October 7. ■ “The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a rich and entertaining experience” Aussie photographer Paul Hilton who made it into the Top 100 for his sobering image ‘The End of Sharks’, commented on the sadness of a consumer-driven industry that has seen one in three shark species hunted to the brink of extinction. “Sadly, many sharks are taken solely for their fins then thrown back in the sea where it takes hours for them to die,” says Hilton. “All for a soup that isn’t even healthy. My aim is to show that we, as consumers, truly can make a difference with our daily choices; it is in our power to save this remarkable species.” Ofer Levy, whose image ‘Fly-by Drinking’ earned a special commendation, captured a fascinating aspect of a flying fox’s behaviour. Wanting to capture the bats’ unusual drinking habits, Levy stood for days in chest-deep water in Parramatta Park. He explained, “At dusk, the bat swoops low over the water, skimming the surface with its belly and chest, then as it flies off, it licks the drops off its wet fur.” The resulting image perfectly captures this moment in time. Overall winner Paul Nicklen, a biologist and photographer whose image of emperor penguins shot in the Ross Seas off Antarctica captures a once-in-a -lifetime moment, describes this vision as an unforgettable ■ Treading Water, Charlie Hamilton James, UK ■ Fly-By Drinking, Ofer Levy, Australia 25 feature WILD AT ART 024_Bpics14_wildlife_v2.indd 25 27/08/13 10:08 AM
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