Noel Dong

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EyeEm Awards 2018 - The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors celebrates the beautiful vistas, diverse wildlife and adventure that make our planet so unique. From snow capped mountains and jaw dropping landscapes, to city streets at dawn and fascinating underwater worlds, show us what makes the outdoors great.

I was recently was announced as 1 of 10 finalists in The Great Outdoors category for the world's biggest photography competition - the EyeEm Awards for 2018!

So I thought I would give a little background in taking this nominated shot to give a little insight to how this image came to be.

When we decided to come home to Australia for a little holiday, I made plans to capture the odd beauty that I've always considered normal but didn't think of as abnormal until we moved to the United States. Things like kangaroos, koalas, and Eucalyptus aren't commonplace anywhere else in the world.

  The Giant Koala  on the way to the Pink Lake.

The Giant Koala on the way to the Pink Lake.


Dimboola is a tiny town about 4 hours drive out of Melbourne - essentially in the middle of nowhere. Outside of the middle of nowhere, however, is a salt lake made a brilliant pink from pigment secreted by microscopic algae. With the recent addition of a drone to my photographic arsenal, I made sure we made it out there to capture this naturally occurring phenomenon from the sky.

 A study in pink

A study in pink

Based on some research I found out the pink colour was more intense during the middle of the day when the sun was up high, and also just after rain. The latter was harder to control and predict, especially at the end of Summer/beginning of Autumn in Australia, but we did at least manage to arrive in the middle of the day.

Pink Lake Close Landscape.jpg

Unfortunately, the wind was pretty intense during this time and it made for a lot of difficulty when flying the drone.

 A tad windy

A tad windy

Luckily, I managed to capture some images when the wind died down for short periods which resulted in the image here.

Pink Lake 3.jpg
Pink Lake 2.jpg

The EyeEm Awards winners will be announced on October 13th in Berlin. Best of luck to all the finalists!