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Qld frog photo takes out national prize

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016 Stuart Layt

A photo of a frog with two mosquitoes on its head has jumped the competition to take out the top prize in one of Australia's biggest nature photography competitions.

Ecologist Matthew McIntosh, 26, has been named Australian Geographic nature photographer of the year for the quirky snap.

The photo features an orange-thighed tree frog with not one but two mosquitoes parked on his head sucking blood.

Mr McIntosh said he almost didn't capture the striking image after equipment troubles during a roadtrip to the Daintree region in far north Queensland

"The batteries in my headlamp decided to go flat as I was taking the photo and then one of my flashes, the battery started to go in that as well, so things were going against me there," he told AAP.

Although he works in the environmental sector, Mr McIntosh said he was just an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to wildlife photography

"I like taking photos of frogs because I quite like frogs, but there's a photo in anything," he said.

"It represents a cool behaviour that exists between those two species."

The Australian Geographic judges agreed, singling out the photo for praise, saying "adept storytelling along with bold colours and impactful image design make this a worthy winner".

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