An image by Australian photographer, Scott Portelli, has been named as the winner of the Australia National Award, part of the Sony World Photography Awards.


‘Cuttlefish Aggregation’, the winning image from photographer, Scott Portelli. ©Scott Portelli.
Scott Portelli is a wildlife and underwater photographer who is currently based in Sydney. Describing his winning image, he said, “The Australian Giant Cuttlefish aggregation is truly one of nature’s great events. Thousands of cuttlefish congregate in the shallow waters around the Spencer Gulf in South Australia, to mate and perpetuate the species. The cuttlefish like alien beings, display an array of patterns, textures and colours to indicate their intentions. As male courts a female or wards off other males, and entourage of suitors stay poised for an opportunity to mate with the female. A visual delight and a rare glimpse of nature in all its glory.”

As part of his prize, Scott has won a Sony A7 plus 28-70 lenses. In addition, the winning image will be part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 22nd April – 8th May and will be published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards book. Runners-up in the competition were Dasha Riley and Deb Cochranefor. A gallery of all the winning images from the 60 countries participating in the National Awards programme can be found at