2020 Natural Wonders Photography Awards - Winners

Queensland Conservation Council has again held the Queensland’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards, which recognises and celebrates the power of images - and the importance of photographers - in protecting our natural world.

Photography has long been an essential tool for protecting our natural environment. Images of environmental devastation arouse public anger, while photos of adorable or amazing native creatures inspire us to protect their habitat.

We were looking for outstanding images that showcase Queensland’s natural environment; our unique plants and wildlife; and the connection between the people of Queensland and our beautiful state. And did we receive them.

With the entries closed and the people's choice vote finalised, the judges had a tough decision to make. And after much deliberation they have selected the below images as this years' Queensland's Natural Wonders Photography Award winners.


Native Plants and Wildlife

Winner - Return to the deep by Alex McDowell

Runner up - A quick stretch then lunch by John Cupper


Land and Seascapes

Winner - Entwined by Helen Cummens

Runner up - Moreton Bay Breathing by Judy Leitch



Winner - Dreamy Day by Cheena Manussen


Runner up - Minjerribah Morning by Dick Copeman


Junior Wonders

Winner - Morning Bloom by Deva Waud

Runner up - Wasting Time by Eloise Fraser


People's Choice

Winner - Dreamy Day by Cheena Manussen



Huge congratulations to the winners and massive thank you's to everyone that entered. Queensland Conservation Council would like to thank -

  • Helen Abrahams and Heather Mollins for donating prizes
  • Green Light Creative for discounted creative work and printing
  • Sunshine Coast Environment Council for allowing us to be part of their 40th World Environment Day Festival celebrations by announcing the winners of our photography awards online
  • Our special supporters - everyone who took their time, motivation and passion to enter our awards
  • And to everyone who voted for our People’s Choice - thank you!

Queensland Conservation Council would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making our second Natural Wonders Photography Awards a success. We look forward to welcoming everyone back again in 2021!