Queensland's Natural Wonders Photography Awards | 2019

Queensland's Natural Wonders Photography Awards

About The Awards

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.

That’s why Queensland Conservation Council is launching Queensland’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards, to recognise and celebrate the power of images - and the importance of photographers - in protecting our natural world.

We’re looking for outstanding new images that showcase Queensland’s natural environment; our unique plants and wildlife; and the connection between the people of Queensland and our beautiful state.

As part of QCC’s  50th Anniversary celebrations, we’ll be holding the Natural Wonders Awards Night to announce prizes for the best photographs in three main categories:

  • Land and Seascapes
  • Native Plants and Wildlife
  • People and Nature

There will also be a Junior Wonders Award for the best photograph by a person under 18 in any of the three categories. And to top it off, we’re asking the public to decide a winner for the People’s Choice Award, in any category.

The competition is open for entries from 21 January until 8 March 2019.

"Images are very strong. If I just tell you about the area then you are not going to want to protect it, but if I show you what it looks like then you start to feel a connection. Beauty has to be seen, and that is where photography becomes very powerful."
- Leanne Cole, Photographer, teacher and writer



Thanks to our generous sponsors, you could win one of the following exciting prizes:

 First Prize Winners

The winner in each category and the winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive two nights accommodation at one of Queensland’s finest eco-lodges (valued up to $650). With thanks to: Hidden Valley Cabins; Mt Barney Lodge; O’Reilly’s Eco Resort; and Kingfisher Resort.

Prizes for Runners Up & Junior Wonders

The runner up in each category, and the winner of the Junior Wonders Prize will receive a $200 voucher for camera equipment, or outdoor adventure gear. With thanks to: CameraPro; Paddy Pallin and K2 Base Camp.



Natural Wonders Awards Night: Sat 6th April 2019

The best photographs will be showcased at a special awards night in Brisbane, and prints of the winning photographs will be auctioned to raise funds for QCC’s environmental campaigns. Tickets for this glittering event are available to purchase here.

The winners of the Awards will be announced on the night and quality prints of the winning photographs in each category will be up for auction. Queensland’s most well-known nature photographer Steve Parish will present the awards and speak about the powerful role of photography in nature conservation.

Funds raised on the night will go towards QCC's mission to protect the environment, wildlife and landscapes, conserve our precious natural resources and make Queensland communities more sustainable.


The People’s Choice Award

All entries have a chance to win the Natural Wonders People’s Choice Award. The photographs will be displayed on our website where anyone can cast their vote. QCC and our event partners will be promoting the People’s Choice vote across social media, so it’s a great way to get your photographs seen by the world!


The Judges


Steve Parish

Steve is one of Australia’s most well-known and loved nature photographers. As well as being an inspirational photographer of Australian wildlife and landscapes he is also a champion of the protection of wildlife and the natural environment. He has photographed extensively underwater, on land and in the air. His work is published extensively in calendars, diaries, children’s books, and many other products. Steve shares his vast skills and experience through regular workshops and a Masterclass at Griffith university. For more information visit Steve’s website.



Kerry Trapnell

Kerry is a documentary photographer who has photographed the awe-inspiring landscapes and remarkable people of northern Australia for over 20 years. His images have been used extensively to promote conservation of Cape York’s natural environment, and support the return of traditional homelands to indigenous ownership. Kerry’s work has appeared in galleries and he is one of the few Australian photographers to be commissioned by National Geographic for major photo-documentary projects. For more information visit Kerry’s website.


Louise Matthiesson

Director, Queensland Conservation Council

Louise has been involved in dozens of environmental campaigns, and knows the power of fabulous photographs to inspire the public and convince decision makers to protect natural places and our native wildlife.




“My hope is that my images will inspire a stronger connection with the nature that lies within and around us, as it is infinitely worthy of our deepest respect and care.”
Cristina Mittermeier, founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers


With thanks to our generous sponsors: