Australian talent shines at Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards

April 6, 2023 BY

"The snake tree" by Juergen Freund - Highly Commended, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles.

Australian photographers were in the spotlight at the 2022 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 58 awards, with four recognised in the top 100 from a field of more than 50,000 entries.

Doug Gimesy, Calumn Hockey, Juergen Freund, and Scott Portelli receiving highly commended awards in the categories of Photojournalism, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles, and Animal Portraits.

Victorian photojournalist Doug Gimesy has again been recognised for his photographs that highlight Australian conservation issues with his image “Wombat lockdown”, which received a Highly Commended in the Photojournalism category.

“One of the most important things about competitions like Wildlife Photographer of the Year, is that it provides an opportunity to start shining a spotlight on wildlife issues that might otherwise go unnoticed,” Gimesy said.

This much-anticipated annual exhibition features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species, and the breath-taking diversity of the natural world.

Using photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 55 years. Launched in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 50,000 entries from all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal.

“Wombat lockdown” by Douglas Gimesy – Highly Commended, Photojournalism.


City of Greater Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan, chair of the council’s Creative Communities and Culture portfolio, said the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcased the best of the best in nature and wildlife photojournalism from around the globe.

“The National Wool Museum’s ongoing partnership with the world-renowned Natural History Museum in London and this internationally recognised competition elevates Geelong as a cultural tourism destination.

I highly recommend community members get along to this exhibition, as they’re guaranteed to learn more about unique animal behaviour and be left in awe of our beautiful natural world.”

Learn about the environment through the lens of the worlds most talented photographers by visiting Wildlife Photographer of the Year from the Natural History Museum, London.

Now open at the National Wool Museum, Geelong.

The exhibition is open daily 10am-5pm over the school holidays, closing only on Good Friday.

Visit the website to find out about school holiday activities and to book tickets for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 58 exhibition at

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