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As a finalist in the 56th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, we caught up with Gary Meredith to find out more about his love for photography and what it means to have his work selected and displayed in one of the world's most prestigious photography competitions. 

1.      When did your love for photography and nature start?

I grew up on a large wheat and sheep farm in Western Australia, where I learned to love and appreciate nature from a very young age. It was not until I purchased quality camera gear for a big trip through the Canadian Rockies some years ago when I realised how I could show the beauty of nature to others through photography.

2.      What has been your career highlight so far?

Having a highly commended image and being part of the people’s choice award in the prestigious Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2020.  

3.      What does it mean to be a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition?

I am extremely honoured to have been awarded in NHM WPY56. What pleases me the most is my image Peeking Possums, highlights the impact humans have on wildlife. By having exposure of images to a large audience in these nature competitions, you can truly show how wildlife has had to adapt to their changing environment.

Peeking Possums by Gary Meredith, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020
Peeking Possums © Gary Meredith, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

4.      Could you tell us about your highly commended image, Peeking Possums ?What drew you to take the picture?

It took me a week of watching at dusk and dawn to observe how the mother and joey utilised the roof space. From the moment I saw the two possums peeking out of the roof space of the shower block that was situated next to my caravan, I knew it was a perfect way to show how wildlife often must adapt to human modified environments.

5.      What role do you think nature photographers have in raising environmental awareness?

I believe nature photographers are crucial to documenting environmental issues around the world. Photographers who are passionate about nature, are able to portray stories that will stir emotion amongst our communities and generate support for environmental awareness.

We hope to welcome you back to the museum soon so you can view Gary Meredith's Peeking Possums in person, as well as other captivating nature photography in Wildlife Photographer of the Year


Laura Signorelli

Laura Signorelli is the Digital Content Producer at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

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