Winners of eucalypt photo competition announced

Wed, 12 Feb 2020

A national photo competition has drawn attention to the beauty of Australia’s iconic eucalypts. The competition by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub was run to coincide with a national assessment of the conservation status of every one of Australia’s 822 eucalypt species. 

Research leader Associate Professor Rod Fensham, from The University of Queensland, said they ran the photo competition to raise awareness about the conservation of Australian eucalypts.

“Almost all of Australia’s eucalypts are found nowhere else on earth. Our assessment found that almost one quarter of all eucalypt species, meet internationally recognised criteria for listing as threatened,” said Associate Professor Fensham.

“This is very concerning as eucalypts are arguably Australia’s most important plant group, and provide vital habitat to thousands of other species.”

The judges of the competition had a challenging task as the hub received over 1000 entries.

The winners of the three categories were: Di Lymbury from New South Wales for whole trees; Robert Davis from Western Australia for fruits and flowers; and Mayu Kataoka for the features category.

The judges were Dr Sally Box, the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Commissioner, award-winning nature photographer Nicolas Rakotopare, and Liz Ginis, Digital Managing Editor at Australian Geographic.

“Eucalypts are such a fundamental part of the Australian landscape we can sometimes take them for granted. These wonderful images are a reminder of both the incredible beauty of our native trees and of the need to protect these essential components of our natural ecosystems.” said Dr Box.


Whole trees category

Sydney blue gum (Eucalyptus saligna) by Di Lymbury from New South Wales. Trees category. The Sydney blue gum can reach 65 metres in height. Ms Lymbury said of her photo, "This tall, white eucalypt stretched high into the early morning mist, and the brown, curled, peeling bark beautifully complemented its gracious limbs.”

Fruits and flowers category

Rose mallee (Eucalyptus rhodantha) by Robert Davis from Western Australia. Flowers and fruits category. Rose mallee was assessed as Endangered under IUCN Red List Criteria. Mr Davis said of his winning photo, “With its silver-grey foliage and its pendulous crimson-red flowers, Eucalyptus rhodantha is probably Western Australia's premier mallee. The image displays the contrast of the tension of the tightly held cap, and the gradual, delicate, unfurling of the red filaments.”

Features category

Mayu Kataoka won the features category with a photo of spotted gum bark . Ms Kataoka said of her photo, "Ever changing with the weather. The rain revealed and enhanced the depth of colour. It highlighted the bark's hidden beauty even more."  

The quality of the entries received was outstanding and made the decision very difficult for the judges, who would also like to commend the following entries.


Whole trees category

Ghost Gum by Ben Blanche

River Red Gum by Ben Blanche

River Red Gum by Christopher Grounds

Snow Gum by Charles Chadwick

Fruits and flowers category

Darwin Wollybutt by Carla Perkins

Mottlecah by Diana Crystal

Mottlecah by Maya Kataoka

Mottlecah by Sophie Xiang

Features category

Snow gum by Courtney Whitton

Snow gum by Courtney Whitton 

Scribbly gum by Mileyna Cifali 

Snow gum by Ralph Whitten

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