AMCS Amazing Oceans Photographer of the Year competition. Enter Now!


Australia’s oceans are some of the richest and most diverse on our blue planet. Our northern oceans are some of the last remaining healthy tropical seas in the world, and our southern oceans contain an incredible 80% of marine species that occur nowhere else on Earth.

With our oceans under threat from climate change, overfishing, inappropriate development and pollution, it’s more important than ever that we show the world how incredible – and fragile – our seas are.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Australian Marine Conservation Society has launched the AMCS Amazing Oceans Photographer of the Year competition! It’s free to enter, and there are some great prizes up for grabs. Entries close 27 September. Click on the link below for the full Terms and Conditions of entry.

Categories include: Conservation, Animals, Landscapes and Macro. Full category info here.

$15,000 in Prizes

All winning entries will be featured in the AMCS Amazing Oceans Calendar 2016. The Overall winner will be featured on the front cover. All winners will also receive a certificate.

AMC Amazing Oceans Photo comp TERMS_AND_CONDITIONS

Website of the Week: Tree of Life Project

Tree of Life Project Home

This week’s Website of the Week is the Tree of Life Project. This is a truly mind expanding collection of information, images, videos and much more dedicated to, well… life itself. Explore this amazing repository of knowledge about living things and the world they inhabit. It is organized along scientific principles of classification from the smallest micro-organisms to huge mammals and everything in between. The site shows in great detail the interactions and interrelations between species and how incredibly complex Earth’s ecosystems really are.

TOL’s own ‘About’ page describes the project:

“The Tree of Life Web Project is a collection of information about biodiversity compiled collaboratively by hundreds of expert and amateur contributors. Its  goal is to contain a page with pictures, text, and other information for every species and  for each group of organisms, living or extinct. Connections between Tree of Life web pages  follow phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of organisms, so visitors can browse  the hierarchy of life and learn about phylogeny and evolution as well as the  characteristics of individual groups.

For background information about the Tree of  Life Web Project, see this article in the special issue of the journal  Zootaxa, Linnaeus Tercentenary:   Progress in Invertebrate Taxonomy:”


Website of the Week: Seriously Amazing

Seriously Amazing from SI

This week’s Website of the Week is Seriously Amazing from the US Smithsonian Institute. Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

Seriously Amazing is a really interesting site chock full of strange, little-known, quirky and yes seriously amazing questions, and their answers.

The Smithsonian asks and answers questions every day about science, art, history and culture.

Check out Seriously Amazing to view some of the best.