Is this the best Australian photo from 2016?
Sean Blocksidge captured a stunning series of moonlight silhouettes of Kangaroo in Margaret River and according to Tourism Australia G’Day USA Award it is the best photo.
A panel of judges from Tourism Australia and Qantas looked for photos and videos that best showcased Australia as a memorable and desirable holiday destination.
The extraordinary photo captured by Sean Blocksidge certainly ticked the boxes of memorable and desirable taking out the Best Photo category, with the owner/operator of Margaret River Discovery describing the scene as, “the most nuts beautiful” he’d ever seen.
Yeeeeeewwwww! Got a little bit excited about this one. Calling it Karma. I’d just helped rescue an abondoned lamb from the side of the road, which altered my evening plans, so decided to go exploring down a random bush track that the lamb had led me on and go discovering. I was pretty stoked to find a new trail that could be useful for future tours. I’d been wandering around in the bush and looked back up the hill to see these two roos getting a bit amorous. Pretty cool scene. And then it got about hundred times better as the full moon started to rise. Heart stopping problem though ……. I had no camera with me. Mad dash back to the car. Retrieve camera and sneak back into position. At that point the camera starts to die, wont focus, sick electronic whirring sounds. Years of clunking, sand, dropping, salt water, and lack of care were suddenly culminating to kill the camera at the very moment I needed it most. I fair dinkum nearly had a heart attack. Probably the most nuts beautiful scene Ive ever seen and I’m not going to be able to share it. At that moment I think nature decided to give one back to me for the lamb rescue (it doesn’t need to know I have lamb for dinner 2 nights a week). Camera started working, Kangaroos moved a bit closer, Moon in perfect position, click click click click. Got it! You could plan and wait and hide and sneak for years to be that lucky with a photo. Stoked. And for the record the big fella on the right got a bit lucky shortly after this pic 😉 Hope you enjoy it. Ps- dear @sonyaustralia @canonaustralia @nikonaustralia , while I’m on a lucky roll, Im putting it out to the universe, if you would like to generously upgrade my dying camera I would promise to care for it and love it even more than my sister loved her Cabbage Patch Doll. #justanotherdayinWA #seeaustralia #westernaustralia #australiassw #margaretriver #moon #fullmoon #kangaroo #icwest #sonyaustralia #canonaustralia #nikonaustralia
The photo went viral and was featured by media organisations all over the world including The Mail UK, Buzzfeed and Mashable, as well as locally on Tourism WA’s and Tourism Australia’s social media channels where it earned more than 72,000 likes and several hundred comments.
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