Hilda Canter-Lund photography award winner, 2014

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Herposiphonia: John Huisman’s winning image in the 2014 Hilda Canter-Lund photography competition.

I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Hilda Canter-Lund competition is John Huisman, of Murdoch University and the Western Australian Herbarium. His stunning image of the red algal genus Herposiphonia fought off strong competition from the other shortlisted images to claim the prize.   He collected the specimen himself from Cape Peron, near Perth in Western Australia, and photographed it live using a stereo microscope.   The full frame width is about eight millimetres.

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John Huisman at work.

John also had an image shortlisted in the 2011 competition, attesting to the high quality of his work.   He, like me, has a private mission to present algae to the world in a positive light, not just as “pond scum or smelly beach drift”.

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