City Beach: Local’s award-winning photograph on display in Australian Geographic collection

'Windblown Egret’ by Jennie Stock.
'Windblown Egret’ by Jennie Stock.

A CITY Beach local’s award-winning photograph of a windswept waterbird is just one in a collection of remarkable nature images on show in Fremantle.

Jennie Stock won the Animal Portrait category of the 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition, and her work is being displayed at the WA Shipwrecks Museum until August 26.

Her image features a windblown egret photographed at Herdsman Lake.

“He’s in breeding plumage, which makes him look really impressive,” she said.

“I was following him for a while on a windy day and when he turned it was a lucky moment for me.”

The collection includes a striking image of a Maori octopus, which was named the overall winner of the competition.

Justin Gilligan from New South Wales captured the exact moment the octopus was choosing its prey at Mercury Passage between Maria Island and mainland Tasmania, and won $10,000 plus a trip to Antarctica.

‘Predatory Pursuit’ by Justin Gilligan.

Western Australian Museum chief executive Alec Coles said the photographs were remarkable and inspiring images of the natural world.

“The talented photographers who took the shots have captured the unique beauty of the flora, fauna and landscapes of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions,” he said.

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition is owned by the South Australian Museum, and attracted 2174 entries last year.