Feral Photos winners focus on impact

11 November 2015

A suite of astonishing images highlighting the interactions between invasive animals and other species have featured in the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre’s (IA CRC) national Feral Photos competition.

The winning photos include an image of a wild dog lunching on a bearded dragon, a native collared Sparrowhawk taking down an Indian Myna, a fox running at full speed across a farmers crop and two wild boars fighting it out in a rough and tumble boxing match.

This year the race between first and second place was tight, Kylie Piper took the winning photo (pictured above) just north of the Dog Fence in South Australia, just south of Lake Eyre.

“The dog walked across picked up the central bearded dragon and with one shake of its head, killed it,” Ms Piper said.

Natural pest control? Native Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrhocephalus) with Indian Myna.
Natural pest control? Native Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrhocephalus) with Indian Myna.

Second place winner, Catherine Begley snapped the amazing image of the Sparrowhawk taking down an Indian Myna in Benella, Victoria.

“I saw the Sparrowhawk on the side of the road and I thought I should take a couple of pics. It wasn’t until after I got home and had a look at the photos that I realised the other bird in the picture was actually an Indian Myna (an introduced species),” said Ms Begley.

National Natural Resource Management (NRM) Facilitator Jason Wishart said the winning images really highlight the impacts that invasive animals can have on the Australian landscape.

“All the winning images tell a story about pest animal management, whether that be environmental or agricultural damage, or interactions between invasive animals and other species”, he said.

'Boar ring'. Two big feral pig boars fighting. Taken in Begonia, Qld.
‘Boar ring’. Two big feral pig boars fighting. Taken in Begonia, Qld.

Specific entries were also judged for the remote camera category and showed just how much this technology is being incorporated into wildlife and pest management. The winning photo by Thomas Garrett of wild pigs in an intense boxing match is a great example.

“This image shows how well we can now capture animal behaviour using remote camera technology. I think it would be extremely difficult to get this photo of wild boars fighting by standard photography as their behaviour would likely be influenced by the photographer standing that close by.” Mr Wishart said.

Now in its fifth year, more than 300 photos were entered from all over Australia. Winners were chosen based on how well the image told a story of ‘impact’ along with quality, clarity and difficulty in obtaining the image.

All winning photos can be viewed at: www.pestsmart.org.au/feral-photos-2015-winners


Media contacts

Ian McDonald, Communications Manager, Invasive Animals CRC, 02 6201 2890, 0429 985 643, ian.mcdonald@invasiveanimals.com

Jason Wishart, National NRM Facilitator, Invasive Animals CRC,
0409 385 461, Jason.wishart@invasiveanimals.com