Striking image takes out prize

People’s Choice winning photographer Bob Ellisdon.       Picture: Martin Kennealey   d441837       
People’s Choice winning photographer Bob Ellisdon.       Picture: Martin Kennealey d441837       

The Nature Conservancy Australia announced winners of its 2015 photography competition today.

Ellisdon, of Outback Bob Photography, said he used a 15-second exposure, and set his camera to f8.0 and ISO 100 to take the picture near Yanchep Lagoon about 2am on February 4.

�The shot was taken in February and was the last bit of lightning we had over that week-long electrical storm that smashed Perth,� he said.

�There was so much electrical activity that night; I got many, many shots � it was hard to fail.�

Ellisdon said he started to take photography seriously when he hitchhiked more than 65,000km around Australia in 1998.

After studying herpetology, he focused on reptile photography then worked as a tour guide �in the red centre� taking people to Uluru, Kings Canyon and other parts of Australia.

Ellisdon said he spent a few years recently as a hard rock and heavy metal band photographer but was now focusing on his studio, doing family, pet and landscape photography.

�I own and collect cameras and occasionally teach people in the local area how to use their settings on digital single-lens reflex (cameras),� he said.

The Nature Conservancy competition attracted about 3770 entries this year, and judge Michael Snedic was impressed by the level of engagement through the people�s choice voting.

�Judging the competition wasn�t an easy task because so many of the entries were genuine contenders,� the nature photographer said.

�I thoroughly enjoyed the process and am genuinely impressed with the amount of talented amateur photographers there are throughout Australia.�

New South Wales retiree Arthur Roy won the competition overall for his picture of an egret called Chasing fish.