ANZANG winner announced

Wayne Osborn from Western Australia has been named the 2012 ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year with this stunning shot of squid feeding in Fiabacet Reef, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. The judges commented: "Beautifully composed with a lovely diagonal line; the photographer has allowed us to see a natural phenomenon that is unlikely to be seen firsthand by the majority. Bioluminescence has been captured spectacularly against the dark background, while the subjects really engage the camera, turning the observer into the observed."

Jenni Horsnell from New South Wales won the Portfolio Prize, and 21 other prizes were awarded in 10 categories.

You can see all the winning and runner-up photographs here.

ANZANG Nature Photography is an annual competition and exhibition which celebrates the unique natural beauty of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea through the eye of the nature photographer.

Atkins are proud sponsors of ANZANG, we have been associated with the exhibition since 2008 and intend to continue our involvement with the SA Museum and ANZANG. at the opening of this recent 2012 exhibition on Thursday October 4th, Paul Atkins was asked to speak on why Atkins are involved with the exhibition, here is Paul's speech:

Why is ANZANG and the SA Museum meaningful to Atkins?

Aside from the fact that like me and every child born and bred in South Austalia think we own this place....

One of my favourite collections here is the Mawson collection, particularly the photographs by Frank Hurley. They convey what those early Antactic expeditions went through.

A story I believe to be true is that Darian Smith, a contemporary of Hurley's, was set to go with Mawson in one of his latter trips, but whether Darian did not like the cold, or he had a financial issue with Mawson, he did not go.

Darian was not afraid of adventure, he had signed up for WW1 as a 16 year old lieing about his age, and he spend most of his photographic life hanging out of light aircraft composing the most perfect aerial photos.

So how does this link to us and ANZANG?

Darian was our first customer when we became a "professional laboratory", he pressured my father into colour printing, because dad was so good at it when no-one else was . Dad worked closely with Darian, assisting him and eventiually shooting for him as Darian lost his eyesight. In the early 1980s, Darian gifted his collection of images to my father, and we have been digitising it ever since.

Every visit to this place reminds me of Darian Smith and Hurley and the importance of photography.

Museums are here to bring the world to the people and they can only survive when the channels of communication are effective and open in both directions. This museum does a fantastic job of being a conduit between the world and people. When we were approached by Sue Mickelsen and Tim Gilchrist to be a part of the ANZANG, we were thrilled. And from a business point of view, who wouldn't be, a chance to share in the museum that has highest visitor rates in the country..?

I believe photography is the most efficient form of communication. Just look at Hurley's work.

ANZANG is a great example of this. It is the conduit for photographers, it is the Museum drawing in from the public, curating and giving back. ANZANG photographers are dispersed widely throughout the region, they bring their view, of their region, here. Thousands of images are distilled to the collection we are going to see tonight, images we carefully print, so they'll look their best and hang well together.

And now the 2012 ANZANG is a part of the national treasures here at the Museum. And in a kind of nerdy, proud way I suppose, so are we.

This is why ANZANG means so much to us.