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Graceful Giants: A Mesmerising Dance with the Majestic Humpback Whale

Graceful Giants: A Mesmerising Dance with the Majestic Humpback Whale

Nathaniel Shihui Lau

Category: Shows a Physical Process in Action

Every year, a remarkable spectacle unfolds as humpback whales embark on an epic migration to Antarctica from their breeding grounds in warmer waters. Tasmania becomes a stage for this majestic journey. With their colossal presence and innate navigational skills, these awe-inspiring creatures traverse the ocean with grace and purpose. Tasmania’s coastal waters serve as a vibrant pathway, evidenced by whale breaching and feeding. Witnessing the immense power and elegant movements of these gentle giants reminds me of the interconnectedness of our world and the enduring wonder of the natural cycles that govern their migratory voyage.


This photograph was a finalist in Beaker Street’s annual Science Photography Prize. This highly-respected prize invites all Tasmanians to showcase the wonders of our extraordinary part of the world — which is teeming with science and scientists. Finalist images are displayed at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery during Beaker Street Festival each August, with great prizes on offer for Judges’ and People’s Choice winners.

The Beaker Street Science Photography Prize would not be possible without the support of Full Gamut, Tasmania’s premier fine art printers and long-time sponsor of this competition. Many thanks also go to Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, which donates a generous prize for the People’s Choice winner.