Entry Title: "Devil's punchbowl"
Name: Douglas Gimesy , Australia
Category and Expertise: Landscapes, Professional


Entry Description: The Devil's Punchbowl at Arthurs pass is in the mountains of New Zealand's south island, where the southern alps divides the west and east coast. It receives over a meter of precipitation a year. There is a striking difference between the habitats on either side of this main divide, with mountain beech dominating the drier eastern slopes and a mixture of podocarp rainforest, red-flowering rātā and understories of shrubs, ferns and mosses on the west. Above the bushline, snow tussock and alpine meadows exist.

About the Artist:

“Wildlife images are one of the most powerful ways we have of engaging people in the natural world” – Sir David Attenborough. Because of this, I share most of my photographs with not-for-profit organisations whose values and goals closely align with mine, such as WWF, Australian Conservation Foundation and National Geographic – organisations who want to inspire people and communities to discover, value and protect the natural world. I initially trained as a zoologist, and then later in bioethics with one of the greats Peter Singer. After many years in healthcare marketing, now in addition to conservation photography, I run a science/environmentally focused communication consultancy called The Framing Effect, whose aim is to help people influence more effectively, both with words and with images. I am also currently a senior critic for the worlds largest curated photo community (1x.com), a governor of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Australia, and part time during semester, I teach Science Communication and Marketing Ethics at the University of Melbourne. You can also find some of my conservation and wildlife photography on Facebook on Instagram. I infrequently post on Pintrest and Twitter, however I am there if interested. My hope is that the images, information and skills I share, will help engage people to care more, and so behave differently, towards the world around them.