Up Close & Spineless 2009 Results

The results are in for the 2009 Up Close & Spineless invertebrate photography competition. Thank you to all our entrants for taking part and congratulations to the finalists!

Stands up to be counted - Colin McCloud

Colin McCloud © Colin McCloud

Primary School Category

Winner

Oversized eating by Aaron Semtner

Highly Commended

Yum ... pollen by Anna Pupavac

Finalists

Caterpillar callisthenics by Alexia Zantides
Crawly, but not so creepy! by Daniel Bunker
Circus snails by Zoe George
Freaked-out arachnid by Thomas Morgan
Giant crab spider by Alice Heelan
Grasshopper by Alice Heelan
Gum Tree Sawfly larvae by Yazmin Tresize
Silkworms courting by Oliver Pitman

Secondary School Category

Winner

Sand grasshopper by Cheryl McKellar

Highly Commended

Googly eyes by Mattea Taylor

Finalists

The butterfly by Gabrielle Levion
Damsel by Tim Berney-Gibson
Flight QA71, cleared to land by Morgan Talbot
Gotcha by Courtney Herrin
Moth reflections by Joshua Cooper
Walking on water by Demi Zantides
Watchful and wary by Lyndon Henry
Weevil by Ashley Brennan

Professional Category

Winner

Female Spotted Katydid nymph by Paul Farley

Highly Commended

Showtime by Jurgen Otto

Finalists

Amegilla Bees and Dianella Tarda by Norm Stimson
Drunken octopus by Neil Vincent
Huntsman and quarry by Damon Wilder
Longicorn Beetle by Pavel German
Mozzie mess by Barry Hatton
Periclimenes shrimp by Neil Vincent
St Andrews Cross Spider with parasitic worm by Michael Williams
The surprise visitor by Paul Farley

Open Category

Winner

It may be 'spineless' but this ant stands up to be counted by Colin McCloud

Highly Commended

Mantis Shrimp by Juliette Myers

Finalists

Anemone by Juliette Myers
Arachnivore by Alexander Dudley
Are you that hungry? by Caroline Eng
Breeding bubbles by Jenny Ough
The millipede by Robyn Cook
Delicate china by Heather Levanti-Niblock
Glaucus maximus by Andrew McPherson
Green Lacewing by Elizabeth Tasker
Leaf-cutter ants at work by Michael Jensen
Mating flies by Bruce Gimber
Merry Christmas! by Lauren Booth
Muppet of the arachnid world by Michael Whitehead
Only a mother could love them by Kristi Ellingsen
The pursued one by Rochelle James
Scorpion by Elizabeth Tasker
Slipper Lobster by Juliette Myers
Swift-footed Crab (Leptograpsus variegatus) by Jonathon Winnel
Watchful eyes of a bearded spider by Louis Tsai

To see all these wonderful photos, visit the Up Close & Spineless 2009 photo gallery for each section. A selection of these images will also be on display at the Australian Museum in the Birds & Insects exhibition (Level 2) from Saturday 5 December 2009.


Sophie Masters , Manager, Visitor Services
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