Top GeoShot

About Top GeoShot

Each year we invite photographers of all ages to celebrate our amazing Earth, by entering Geoscience Australia's Top GeoShot photography competition.

The best images are selected by a panel of geoscientific and photographic experts before being displayed at Geoscience Australia. The exhibition of shortlisted entrants is open to the public from 18 September 2015.

The 2015 winners in four major categories were announced on 14 October 2015, during Earth Science Week (October 11-17).

To view all of the 2015 entries online visit the Top GeoShot 2015 Flickr page.

Top GeoShot results

Overall Winner - Top GeoShot

Red colour rock layers and trees surrounding a waterhole

Top GeoShot 2015 overall winner:
Craig Burns - Hamersley Gorge

Craig Burns from the Australian Capital Territory took out Geoscience Australia's 2015 Top Geoshot photo competition, with his photo of Hamersley Gorge. Craig Burns' photo highlighted the 2015 competition theme, 'Rock Stars', capturing the folding and rock strata in Hamersley Gorge in Western Australia's iron ore country.

Highly commended:

Jonathan Esling, Painted Cliffs, Maria Island, Tasmania

Hayley Anderson, Rocks of Gold, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Junnel Alegado, Whale rock and friends, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Junior category

Shard of ice in foreground, with a mountain across a lake in the background

Top GeoShot 2015 Junior winner:
Sanden Cook - Sculptured by Ice

Sanden Cook from Tasmania took out the Junior category, for ages 12 years and under, with his photo 'Sculptured by Ice', an artistic view of Cradle Mountain in Tasmania taken through a shard of ice.

Highly commended:

Sanden Cook - Crater Peak moraine deposit, Crater Peak, Tasmania

Callan Chapman - Three colours of ochre, Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory

Callan Chapman - Big round rock, Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, Northern Territory

Intermediate category

Rocky mountain surrounded by fog

Top GeoShot 2015 Intermediate
Sienna Cook - Dark side of the

The Intermediate category, for ages 13-17 years, was won by Sienna Cook with her photo 'Dark side of the Mountain', also taken at Cradle Mountain.

Highly commended:

Henry Jacups - Pebble nest, Urunga, New South Wales

Ken Herbert - Barnacled Behemoth, Depot Beach, New South Wales

People's Choice

View of a river in the foreground and a treed hillside in the background with a number of rocks reflected in the still water

Top GeoShot 2015 People's
Choice winner:
Junnel Alegado - Whale rock and

The 2015 Top GeoShot People's Choice was 'Whale rock and friends' taken by Junnel Alegado in Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria.