American photographer Jordan Ek has been named winner of the People’s Choice award in the 2014 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year. His striking black and white image Bird Tree, taken at Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, was previously named the runner-up in the Monochrome category of the 2014 ANZANG competition.
The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year, an annual competition owned by the South Australian Museum, challenges photographers around the world to capture the best images in the ANZANG bioregion of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region.
Mr Ek, based in Portland, Oregon, discovered the scene under starry skies and was enthralled as dawn revealed its beauty. He said that hearing he had been voted the People’s Choice winner put a huge smile on his face.
“For the past few years I have been following the winners of the ANZANG competition and have been truly inspired by their work,” Mr Ek said.
“I was very excited to be included as a finalist in the ANZANG photo competition this year, and I am humbled to be named the People’s Choice winner among so many talented photographers. I am already excited to see the amazing images that will be shared during next year’s competition!”
South Australian Museum Director Mr Brian Oldman said ANZANG was a popular exhibition on the Museum’s calendar that gave visitors an opportunity to observe nature in new and exciting ways.
“By giving people an opportunity to see our environment so beautifully portrayed we can open their eyes to the world around them.”
“The South Australian Museum seeks to inspire wonder and curiosity about life on Earth. Through ANZANG we can stimulate interest in the ongoing conservation of flora and fauna as well as enhance the visitor’s general knowledge of the region.”
The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition is open at the South Australian Museum until Sunday 30 November 2014.