Nature's best through the lens at Museum of the Great Southern

August 06, 2019

Nature's best through the lens at Museum of the Great Southern

Hi all,
        below is an excerpt from this week's Albany Advertiser, for full article click here.
I'm very happy to be a finalist in the Animal Behaviour category!
If you live in or near Albany be sure to head down to the Museum of the Great Southern to see last years finalists from the 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year!
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Nature’s best through the lens at Museum of Great Southern

Saskia Adysti Albany Advertiser
Fin Whale’s Demise, 2019 Animal Behaviour category finalist. 
Fin Whale’s Demise, 2019 Animal Behaviour category finalist. Picture: Mat Beetson

A stunning collection of the 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year finalists will be on display at the Museum of the Great Southern from Thursday.

The exhibition celebrates the world’s natural beauty through some incredible moments captured through the lenses of talented photographers....

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........The exhibition will run through August. The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition is a partnership between the South Australian Museum and Australian Geographic.

In this year’s competition, Broome’s Mat Beetson has put Albany in the spotlight with an image of a washed up fin whale at Cheynes Beach.

His entry, Fin Whale’s Demise, has been named among 75 finalists.

Fin Whale’s Demise, 2019 Animal Behaviour category finalist.
Fin Whale’s Demise, 2019 Animal Behaviour category finalist. Picture: Mat Beetson

The 23m whale, which is listed as a vulnerable species, was hauled onto the sand, cut into pieces and taken to landfill in May last year.

Two great white sharks were tagged and released at the beach.

“It was really quite surreal seeing this beautiful coastal town and pristine beach and a whale right there not 5m from shore,” he said.

“We had seen some thrashing about near the carcass and I thought it might be some sharks so I quickly grabbed the drone and launched to see the view from the above. I thought this might be something a bit different so decided to enter it into the Animal Behaviour category.

“With so many amazing images that have such a high level of technical ability and some never-been-captured-before images, I am really thrilled to be a finalist in this category.”

This year the competition received 2219 incredible nature and wildlife photographs taken from the bioregion of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea.

Mr Beetson’s photo will be displayed along with the other finalists at the South Australian Museum next month.

https://thewest.com.au/news/albany-advertiser/natures-best-through-the-lens-ng-b881272499z



MAT BEETSON APP - 2019 AIPP WESTERN AUSTRALIAN NATURE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR