PhotographerPamela Pauline
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryMona Vale, Australia
Photo DateAugust 2016
Technical InfoCanon 5d Mark III
Entry Description

Descendants of mares and stallions brought to Australia by British settlers over 200 years ago, wild brumbies have survived the dry outback, snow-covered mountains and thick bushland regions. Australia is thought to have the largest population of wild horses in the world. However, the future of the brumby in the Snowy Mountains in NSW is uncertain with the NSW government putting into place a “wild horse management plan”. The plan aims to cull 90% of the brumbies over the next 20 years in order to protect fragile alpine and sub-alpine environments. The issue is emotive and complex, dividing the community.