lizard and hopper
The Dragon - AEM release The Dragon and the Hopper // Eyrean earless dragon (Tympanocryptis tetraporophora) standing tall on a very hot rock in western Queensland, for a short time it was joined by a hopper. who jumped off before becoming lunch. © Harrison Warne/TNC Photo Contest 2021


Queensland photographer wins Wildlife category in The Nature Conservancy’s photo contest

North Ward photographer Harrison Warne has won his share in $16,000 worth of prizes as part of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Australia’s photography contest.

Harrison’s shot, The Dragon and the Hopper, perfectly captures the moment an Eyrean Earless Dragon, standing tall on a very hot rock in western Queensland, is joined by a Grasshopper. The unlikely and slightly awkward encounter won the Wildlife category of TNC’s Photo Contest. It’s not clear whether or not the Grasshopper became lunch in the aftermath of the picture!

Renowned nature photographer Ben Goode commended the simplicity and atmosphere of Harrison’s entry.

“The simplicity of this photo was the first thing that stood out to me. The soft pastel colours and the abundance of negative space makes it so easy on the eye. Then, as I explored the image more, I was captivated by the moment captured. The pose of the lizard and its soon-to-be prey is perfect. A very worthy winner!” Ben Goode said.

TNC Australia’s Managing Director Alison Rowe said there was something special about the 2021 competition, with a more than 10,300 entries across all categories.

“This year particularly, people have taken the time to reconnect with nature and the environment. Often in challenging times, nature and wildlife provide comfort and distraction. It looks like many photographers have gone out to the great outdoors to find just that and in the process, found inspiration,” she said.

“With so many hard-working, dedicated and talented wildlife photographers entering this competition, to have been chosen as the winner of the Wildlife category is a great honour," said Harrison.

Winners include:

Overall Australian winner – Hannah Le Leu, SA, Against All Odds

Landscape category – Scott Portelli, NSW, Life Colour

Wildlife category – Harrison Warne, QLD, The Dragon and the Hopper

People and Nature category – Scott Portelli, NSW, Mating Season

Water category Lewis Burnett, WA, Manta Entourage


The winners will share in numerous prizes including Harvey Norman gift cards, Camera Electric vouchers, Sherpa and Bogong gift cards.

To see the winning entries, visit

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