RSV Aurora Australis "parked" in a large sea ice floe

Antarctic Photo Competition Warms Up

Beautiful Images of Antarctica 

Antarctic photographers are coming out of the darkroom with an extraordinary collection of images that will carry you away to the frozen continent.  In a challenging environment (cold batteries, fogged lenses and numb fingers make photography an extreme sport in Antarctica), expeditioners still manage to capture startling images at sea, from the air and on foot.  You might think that the ice wilderness is a shimmering blaze of white, but these photographs show eerie blue ice, seas crowded with life and expeditioners at work in sub-zero temperatures in the field.  The photos are entries in the Antarctic Photography Competition, open to amateur and professional photographers competing for a $5,000 first prize.  ‘We have seen some amazing pictures already, and they are continuing to flow in’ said festival director Paul Cullen.

Entries must be the photographer’s own work, and must have been taken in the last three years.  Finalists in the competition will go on exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) in the historic Bond Store.  The exhibition will open to the public on 16 August and continue through the Australian Antarctic Festival, 8-11 September.  Festival-goers can vote in the People’s Choice Award for their favourite image.  ‘We are encouraging anyone who has been in Antarctica or the Southern Ocean to dig out those digital images and enter the contest’, Cullen said.  ‘Entries close at the end of July to allow for judging and printing and it’s easy to submit your photos electronically.’

‘The image featured here is by veteran photographer and Antarctic scientist Doug Thost.  The scale is hard to grasp until you realise the ship is the Aurora Australis, crashing its way into thick pack ice.  If you have a keen eye, you can just spot a Squirrel helicopter, leaving the ship to deliver mail and personnel’

RSV Aurora Australis "parked" in a large sea ice floe

RSV Aurora Australis “parked” in a large sea ice floe. (c) Doug Thost