WINNER: Marlee Currie's photo Aqua Ninja which recently won the Water section in The Nature Conservancy Australia’s 2017 photo competition.
WINNER: Marlee Currie's photo Aqua Ninja which recently won the Water section in The Nature Conservancy Australia’s 2017 photo competition.

Ocean an inspiration for honoured photographer

THE Sunshine Coast is a photographer's dream, whether it be a professional or an amateur who just likes to point and shoot. You aren't going to go far wrong taking a photo of our beaches, parks or rivers.

One photographer, Marlee Currie has gone a step further in the creativity stakes and just won the Water section in The Nature Conservancy Australia's 2017 Photo Competition for a spectacular image entitled Aqua Ninja.

When you consider there were more than 4,900 entries from across the country and the judges were overwhelmed by the variety, Marlee's image, stood out and caught the eye of competition judge and nature photographer Mark Seabury.

"To me this is a fantastic representation of mother nature, where we have this tiny wave snapped frozen in time creating an unusual pattern of water that pops out in front of a very vibrant twilight sky," Mark said.

Marlee has spent his whole life around the ocean and when he took up photography three years ago it was a natural progression to capture its beauty.

"This photo came about from a lot of patience and a fair bit of luck," he said.

"I'd had the image in my mind for some time, but having everything line up with such a small wave and beautiful sunset was just unreal and very lucky.

"My main goal with this was to focus on capturing the beautiful but often fleeting in-between moments that I saw when surfing and try to relay those moments of stoke in an image."

TNC Australia Director Rich Gilmore was impressed by the array and standard of the 2017 entries.

"The competition is a great opportunity for people who love photography to get into the great outdoors and flex their creative muscles," he said.

"We live in such a beautiful country and these incredible images are the perfect way to remind everyone about the diversity of the environment, the vast array of wildlife and the spectacular scenery."

Marlee's photograph will be featured online and in a 2018 edition of Wild, Australia's longest running outdoor adventure magazine and to see all the winning entries visit www.natureaustralia.org.au/photo


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