Captured moments after recent bush fires swept through Northern NSW, Craig Parry’s image ‘Life and Death’ has been recognised as the International Landscape Photograph of the Year.
Beating a field of several thousand entrants as part of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, the image was selected by a panel of expert judges for being the single most impressive landscape photograph taken globally over the past 12 months.
‘Life and Death’ was captured at Broken Head Nature Reserve in January, after lightning ignited a bush fire that then raged for a week. Craig, who has been a professional landscape and nature photographer for 10 years, took the image using a camera mounted beneath a helicam once aerial water bombing had halted the fire.
“This image represents a significant moment in time, illustrating the power of nature and its ability to create life and destroy it”, said Craig. “When I set out to take the picture I was aiming to create a unique and abstract portrayal of the Australian landscape and I’m honoured that this local image has been selected for this prestigious international award.”