• © Sam Edmonds
    © Sam Edmonds

Australian Antarctic Photography Exhibition winner announced

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A striking and 'classic' portrait of a Gentoo Penguin captured by Sydney's Sam Edmonds has won the annual Antarctic Photography Exhibition run as part of Hobart's Antarctica Festival.

Paired down from a field of 87 entries to 24 finalists, images had to be recent (three years or less), taken in the region (Antarctic and sub-Antarctic) and the photographer’s own work.  

Edmonds's winning image, which comes with a $5,000 purse, was described as 'fine art’ by one of the judges, and 'a pure expression of Antarctica’. 

"‘You have to see this in print to appreciate it properly,"’ one said, "there is fine detail in the white areas of the image as well as in the deep, rich blacks and the focus is as sharp as a tack."

The composition is natural, with the lower half of the subject obscured by blowing ice mist and the upper half magically rich in colour, even to the texture of the penguin’s wings.

Edmonds works as both a Arctic and Antarctic guide, and is a regular writer for both Australian Photography and Capture magazines.

Edmonds image, along with the other finalists, is currently being exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s Basement Bond Store Gallery. Visitors can also cast their vote for the $500 People’s Choice Award, to be announced when the exhibition closes on 19 August. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm daily (the Museum is closed on Mondays during winter) and admission is free.

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