Titled “Now You See Me”, it was taken by photographer Timothy Chew and has been shortlisted for the 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year prize, which will be announced later this week.
“The Australian sea lion is an endangered species with active conservation efforts underway in Seal Bay,” he writes of the photo. “This playful pup was blissfully frolicking in the sand but became quite intrigued as I approached. Our gazes locked momentarily before the distractions of surf and sun proved too strong for this young Aussie.”
The competition is open to photographers from all over the world, who are encouraged to capture the beauty of the flora, fauna and landscapes of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions. Below is a selection of other shortlisted images: