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In pictures: Australian Geographic's photo prize winners


Stunning images of nature and wildlife across Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and some Pacific islands are recognised each year in the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. Here are some of this year's winners.

image copyrightMAT BEETSON
image captionThis image of sharks circling a beached whale in Western Australia was the overall winner, with judges saying it revealed "incredible beauty in death"
image copyrightFLLOYD MALLON
image captionThe junior prize was won by 17-year-old Flloyd Mallon, for this shot of a lightning storm in New South Wales
image copyrightPETE MCGEE
image captionA crested horn shark feeds on the egg case of a Port Jackson shark in Sydney
image copyrightROSS GUDGEON
image captionDecorator crabs in Indonesia attach stinging hydroids - aquatic invertebrates - to themselves to ward off predators
image copyrightCHARLES DAVIS
image captionEastern grey kangaroos in Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales
image copyrightNEIL PRITCHARD
image captionWater cascades through the Barron Falls in Queensland during flood season
image captionA Mertens' water monitor approaches photographer Etienne Littlefair's camera in the Northern Territory
image copyrightCHARLES DAVIS
image captionA mother and baby wombat make their way to a neighbouring wombat's hole in New South Wales
image copyrightSCOTT PORTELLI
image captionMale humpback whales swim past dolphins while looking for a female mate, in waters off Tonga
image captionA dry creek in Menindee Lakes, a drought-stricken part of Australia, where animal deaths have caused alarm

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