LFIA Biophilia Photography Awards

2019 Winners

OVERALL WINNER

MICHAEL EDWARDS

Wonder at the Waterwall

I have chosen this image as it captures a tender moment between a mother and child and that relationship with the wonder of nature. The child appears transfixed on the movement of the water and the abstract shapes formed as the water flows down the glass wall.

The biophilic elements are depicted by the abstract relationship formed by the water and its effect on reflecting the trees with the mother and child 'filtered through' the natural elements of the image.

 

CATEGORY WINNER

WATER FEATURES

KATHY WALLACE

I wanted to stay at Snowy Wilderness Resort as it is a place where brumbies are able to roam in a protected setting. Although I did not find any brumbies down at the creek on this early morning walk, the natural beauty of this area, with the sounds of frogs and the early morning bird chorus, made it a special place to be. Finding brumbies drinking from the natural water course would have made it even more magical of course!

 

CATEGORY WINNER

SHAPE & FORM

NILMINI DE SILVA

+ PEOPLE'S CHOICE AND OVERALL RUNNER UP

The dew drops on the chain link fence was the first thing I saw when I woke up early morning at our camp site in Kilcoy. The harshness of the fence against the softness of the water was a beautiful sight in the early morning light. I ran outside armed with my macro lens to capture this wondrous scene that would soon disappear with the heat of the day.

 

CATEGORY WINNER - TIED

PATTERN & PROCESS

ASTRID ROETZEL

This image is an example for the diversity of textures that water can display.

 

CATEGORY WINNER - TIED

PATTERN & PROCESS

SAMUEL WEARNE

I love how this picture opens up layers upon layers of history: the fine layered patterns in the sandstone shows me millions of grains of sand, gently settling onto a seafloor. And then thousands of years later, after all the turmoil of being turned to stone, the water master, a long distant memory, liberates these forgotten grains from their comfortable slumber in stone: beautiful curves and lines are carved onto the surface, revealing chemical intrigue, geological contortion and a complex history under Earth.

Slimes and lichen creep in - highlighting edges, introducing new life. The patterns and arcs complement the nearby ferns - reminding us of patterns in nature, and ubiquity of water. Even the imperfection - a hint of human degradation, a teenager's flippant moment - speaks to the fleetingness of human timelines, and the thoughtlessness of modern technology in the context of an immaculate backdrop that is nature on planet Earth. Water - it is an elegant, powerful and wise teacher.

 

CATEGORY WINNER

ABUNDANCE OR ABSENCE

JANE TONER

Trees are shaped by water flow. How do we shape our cities to reflect and respect water flows?

 

CATEGORY WINNER

WATER & PLACE

NOY HILDEBRAND

This is a place I enjoy visiting due to the diversity of plant and animal life.

It is an example of restoration on a place that was clearly a leftover remnant of urban development.

 

CATEGORY WINNER

WATER & HUMANS

LECH ALEKSANDROWICZ

I captured this image just as the sun was setting at a rock pool in northern Sydney. The pool was closed and the huge waves were thundering against the structure, depicting how exposed to elements our coastlines are.

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The 2019 Awards are part of our Biophilic Design Initiative.