The 2023 Australian Entomological Society 54th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference

12 - 15 November 2023

Albany Entertainment Centre
Albany, Western Australia

Photographic competition 2023

Announcing the judges, prizes and an AES first, tips especially for our contestants!

2023 Judges

Nadine Guthrie is the entomologist and triage officer for the innovative Australian biosecurity app MyPestGuide®   reporter – she deals with 100s of photographs of invertebrates on a daily basis. Nadine is a long-standing AES member and the Judging panel chair.

Pia Scanlon is a professional microphotographer who has placed in the top 10 of the Global Nikon (2018), and recently won the Federal Government’s International Day of Plant Health Photo Competition in the category of ‘The impact of plant pests and diseases on Australia’s unique biodiversity and environment’. (2023).

Ken Walker is not only a renowned Australian entomologist and senior curator of Museums Victoria, he is the founder of the invaluable Pest And Disease Image Library (PaDIL), which has recently undergone a revamp. He is a keen advocate for citizen science.

Steve Parish needs no introduction to most Australians. He is a highly accomplished photographer, particularly of Australian landscapes and living organisms – which culminated in being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008. He is also a dedicated educator. On that theme, Steve has generously provided his photographing invertebrates document freely to us, which offers tips for entries into the 2023 AES photography competition! Click on the below photo for the link.


1st Prize $200, and an online Steve Parish Masterclass worth $195 (6 e-guide modules)

2nd prize $100, and a Steve Parish Travel Guide of 9 volumes worth $95

3rd prize $50

Highly commended certificates may also be awarded where appropriate. The editors of Austral Entomology and Myrmecia will each select an entry in the photographic competition for the covers of the two publications.

About the competition

The Society’s Photographic Competition aims to encourage and recognise high standards of entomological photography. It is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference where the entries will be displayed and judged.

The judges retain the right not to award all prizes if entry numbers or standards are not sufficient.

The Society reserves the right to use entries in the competition for not-for-profit promotional purposes. Acknowledgment of the photographer will be made if possible.

Who’s eligible

The competition is open to members of the Society who are not employed or contracted as professional photographers for fee or reward.

How to enter

Entries, up to three per entrant, must have an entomological theme although photographs of related organisms (e.g. arachnids, myriapods) will be accepted.

Entries can be sent by email to Nadine Guthrie. Each entry should not exceed 5 megabytes in size and must be at a resolution of not less than 300 dpi.

Each entry must include:

  • Name of entrant
  • Email address
  • Scientific name of species featured
  • Location and date of event photographed

Entries must be in the hands of Nadine Guthrie by 12 October 2023.

Entrants must also supply a hard copy A4 size photo of each submission for display at the conference.

You can either bring the printed copy/copies with you and hand in at the Registration Desk on Sunday 12th November.

Or, you can post them flat to Nadine Guthrie to arrive no later than WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER.

Please remember Australia Post has altered their average delivery times (min of 2 working days Syd/Mel to Perth for Express Post; and min of 5 working day for normal delivery ).

Also see:

  • Important dates


    Abstract deadline
    Early-bird registration deadline
    Deadline for registrations
    Conference begins
    Optional Field Trip