The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year is the largest and most prestigious natural history photo contest covering the region that includes Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea. The photo competition has been showcasing the natural beauty of this biogeographical region since 2004. Sifting through the plethora of amazing images that are entered each year, it becomes apparent that the region is particularly rich in unique forms of bird and marine life. Many of the regular competitors specialise in these fields of photography, both of which demand high levels of dedication and patience, not to mention creativity, technical skill and understanding of the subject. In this calendar, we have included the 2017 category winners and runnersup and a selection of the shortlisted photos. These pictures express the beauty and fragility of our natural world so much more eloquently than words alone can, and when viewed together, as in this calendar, create a powerful statement about our collective responsibility to understand and protect it for future generations.