LFIA Biophilia Photography Awards

2018 Winners

OVERALL WINNER

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE

MALAY DAVE

During an early morning walk in the Litchfield National Park we were delighted to find a colony of spiders that had woven different sized and shaped webs between native grasses and vegetation. The webs, usually hard to see during the day, had collected small droplets of due overnight that made them light up like chandeliers, capturing the early morning sun.
In this image we were able to capture the soft rising sun on the secondary tensile structures around the main tent like web creating a beautiful balance and form.

Sandy Creek, Litchfield National Park NT
Canon G11

 

CATEGORY WINNER

LIGHT & SPACE

TANISHA COWELL

The soft diffusing light filtering through the dandelion seeds appears so comforting and reassuring, which was precisely what I needed to feel at the time of capturing this image.

Narre Warren VIC
Taken on a mobile

 

CATEGORY WINNER

NATURAL PROCESSES & PATTERNS

ERIN TIDSWELL

I was mesmerised by the swirling patterns across the sand, formed by the sea over time. Every tide, every wave, carving a new creation. The regularity of the wave, and irregularity of the pattern it created was meditative.

Bells Beach, Torquay VIC
Nikon DSLR

 

CATEGORY WINNER

PLACE-BASED RELATIONSHIPS

BEHNAZ AVAZPOUR

As I looked at the water feature in the heart of the city, I saw the birds and the background of water. Both elements made joy to the environment which I thought could be a subject for taking photo.

Potts Point, Sydney
Canon Digital

 

CATEGORY WINNER

NATURAL SHAPES & FORMS

FERNANDA ESCOBAR

When walking in the bush in South Bruny Island I stumbled on this 'coral' out of water. In fact it is Cladia retipora, Coral Lichen extant in Southern Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand. I think it's interesting that similar structures are grown by different organisms, or in the case of lichens, composite cooperative organisms. It behaves like a sponge: brittle and hard when dry, but soft and springy when wet. This beautiful form provides strength and stiffness along with a very large surface area for collecting moisture from the air. Coral Lichen predates topologically optimised space frames that are popular today by roughly 65 million years (when NZ was last connected to Australia)!

Oyster Cove on Mickey’s Bay, Bruny Island, South Bruny TAS 7150
Canon EOS Kiss X4

 

CATEGORY WINNER

ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES

RAY GILLIS

The colours of all the suns turning over the remote station in the far West of the country has some of the colours and form of daily urban street patterns and light movement in the dark. The diurnal unchanging turn of the earth through the universe against the night stillness of the living scrub reverses the perceived order. One can not easily find that reversal of time scale.

Bullara Station, Exmouth WA
DSLR & tripod over 20 minutes

 

CATEGORY WINNER

EVOLVED HUMAN-NATURE RELATIONSHIPS

JAKE WEISZ

As if taken from a Tolkien novel, wandering through this natural phenomena was truly awe inspiring. The imposing size and stature of these trees swaying rhythmically with the heavy winds, rains and mist was exhilarating. To describe the feeling of being surrounded by such figures isn't easy, so hopefully the photograph sums up the marvellous and majestic nature of this family of pines engulfing us completely.

Sugar Pine Walk, Laurel Hill, NSW, 2649
Canon DSLR

 

INTERNATIONAL WINNER

CATEGORY: NATURAL SHAPES & FORMS

LUIS HUERTAS

Swirls remind me of the satellite view of hurricanes in the Caribbean.

Portland Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA
Taken on mobile phone

Pictured from left to right: Stephen Choi, Georgina Reid, Amanda Sturgeon (back), Jess Miller, Roderick Simpson (back), Malay Dave, Behnaz Avazpour, Jake Weisz, Peter Church, Daniel Shipp.

The 2018 Awards ceremony was held during the launch of our Biophilic Design Initiative.