This issue’s winning ‘Your Shot’  image was taken by Vic Widman, Elanora Heights NSW

“This photo was taken on top of Big Red, the largest sand dune in the Simpson Desert, approximately 70 kilometres west of Birdsville.

I was leading a group of adventurous 4WD travellers crossing the Simpson Desert. As a result of the summer closure (the desert is closed from 1 December to 15 March for safety reasons) we were the first to reach Big Red for some time.

We found the sand dune in this beautiful state of untouched ripples. I particularly liked the way the sand ripples matched the water ripples in the lake, both formed by the wind. The lake at the base of the sand dune was the result of three years of good rain over Central Australia.

At the time we were the only people in the desert. Being surrounded by this giant red sand dune in such an undisturbed state was simply magical.

The photo was taken on a Canon EOS7D with a 18-200 lens at F10, Aperture 1/250, at 18mm focal length. ISO was 100 and there was no exposure compensation. The camera was hand held (no tripod) and the time of the photo was 6:00pm.”


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For this incredible winning image
AT reader Robert McRobbie has won a Tamron SP AF70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) macro lens (model number A001), valued at $1249. This wide-aperture lens features low-dispersion glass for reduced chromatic aberration, and internal focusing.

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