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Photography Competition 47: Nature Photography

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All of the Photoh groups have been exploring their local flora and fauna this fortnight for the Nature Photography theme.

Nature photography covers such a huge range of topics and subjects, from landscapes to insects and flowers, and allows a broad scope of techniques, viewpoints and angles. This was apparent in the entries that we received from all across Australia, and it's fantastic to see how everyone personally portrayed the theme.

To see all of the nature photography competition entries, head to the album on the Photoh Facebook page here.

The finalists this fortnight are:

Deborah Forbes, Adelaide
The textures picked up by the shards of sunlight are so beautiful in this photo by Deborah. We love how she's captured the water droplets to add another layer of interest to the shot.

Maureen Briggs, Brisbane
The ocean is perhaps nature's most powerful presence, and this shot captures that perfectly. Sets of 3 are good for creating impact in photography, and it's great to see those 3 waves about to crash on the shore in the background. The sea gull cruising past adds depth.

Meagan Klassen, Brisbane
There are some amazing colours and patterns in nature, and this photo by Meagan shows both, with an absolutely stunning punch of bright red. We love how she has carefully framed the flower head, allowing you to follow the petals to the incredibly detailed centre.

Tegan Graham, Canberra
We admire Tegan's patience in waiting for the exact right moment to press the shutter for this shot! The fact that the bee's wings are slightly blurred really shows off his movement towards the centre of the flower, creating a great story within the photo.

Michelle Coyle, Melbourne
This shows a great use of bokeh and composition, which ensure that these colourful buds are showcased within the frame.

Corinne Therese, Perth
Corinne has been brave to explore the worlld of nature in black and white, but the venture has been so successful with this shot. Removing the colour allows us to really focus on the amazing textures. We love the use of backlight to highlight the plants too.

Laurence Baudoin, Perth
This photo by Laurence makes us feel so summery! The use of a low camera angle creates a really interesting perspective, which works well with the sun creeping amongst the texture of the grass.

Melanie Shaw, Perth
Melanie has nailed the long exposure, low light photography here, producing an incredibly serene image. The three layers of interest - the rocks, the sea and then the super moon - work well to move your eyes through the frame.

Alan Coligado, Sydney
We love the fact that Alan has taken a piece of nature and combined it with a man made light source is genius! The light has been placed so thoughtfully to highlight the delicate texture and tones of the flower.

Shane Wells, Sydney
There have been some great use of colour palettes in this competition, and we think that Shane's shot is a perfect example of how careful use of colour can create a visual impact. The softness of the greens and the contrast of the texture work so well.

Stuart Buechel, Sydney
This is such a playful entry! We love how Stuart has got creative with the flower's shapes and colour. Great use of bokeh in the background too, to really make that red and yellow pop.

Terry O'Hagan, Sydney
We're not entirely sure how Terry has persuaded this little creature to smile for the camera, but we are incredibly impressed. The framing and focus is absolutely spot on. What a great photo to put a smile on your face!

Tracey Good, Sydney
This is magical shot that depicts the amazing texture and delicate nature of these common and often overlooked plants. The composition, perspective and focus all come together to create this very professional, clean shot.

The winner this fortnight is...Meagan Klassen!
Congratulations Meagan, you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher!

And in second place we have Corinne Therese!
Congratulations Corinne, a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher is yours!

The next challenge has a theme of Abstract Photography.
This is such an amazing opportunity to mix together everything you know about photography to get super creative. Abstract photography is the celebration of patterns, textures and light that have been somewhat removed from their usual setting to produce interesting studies.

Entries will open on Saturday the 3rd December and close on Thursday 15th December at midnight AEST.
To enter, simply post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city.
First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher.

Please read our post on the competition rules and guidelines if you'd like more information before submitting a photo. If you have any other questions you can message us or email victoria@photoh.com.au.

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