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Top Spots In The Northern Territory of Australia

Photo by Connor Surdi (@connorsurdi)

The Northern Territory in Australia is world-famous for being both remote and full of dramatic scenery. The Sony Alpha Imaging Collective and Sony Artisan Of Imagery Colby Brown explored the region during a once-in-a-lifetime adventure where they took photos day and night. Here are some of their not-to-be-missed locations. You can see more from the journey on Instagram at #AICdoesTheOutback.

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Perhaps the most recognizable natural landmark in Australia, Uluru is a gigantic sandstone formation towers over the vast Outback. This massive bornhardt appears to glow a rich red as the sun goes down making it a majestic subject to shoot both from a distance and up close alike.

Erin Sullivan (@erinoutdoors)

 

Marti Gutfreund (@enchanted.forest)

 

Anthony Castro (@theanthonycastro)

Kata Tjuta

Literally meaning "many heads" this conglomerate of domed rock formations is second only to Uluru in fame within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and is also its namesake. Made from 36 sandstone domes, Kata Tjuta covers approximately 8.37 square miles giving photographers lots of ground to cover and vantage points to capture.

Erin Sullivan (@erinoutdoors)

Anthony Castro (@theanthonycastro)


Field of Light

British artist Bruce Munro was invited to Uluru to create a light-based art installation that's been on exhibit since 2016. Consisting of 50,000 solar powered spindles of lights, this sprawling display has understandably become an enormously popular attraction for creative photographers particularly at night.

Stan Moniz (@stanmoniz)

 

Quay Hu (@aroundq)

 

Sony Artisan Colby Brown (@colbybrownphotography)

 

Alice Springs

Located on the northern side of the MacDonnell Ranges in what is known as the "Red Centre" of Central Australia, sits Alice Springs. This town that has an arid climate and scrubby grassland, taking a hot air balloon ride over its dessert terrain gives photographers a myriad of vantage points that even include kangaroos bouncing in the wild.

Oscar Nilsson (@oscarwastaken)

 

Connor Surdi (@connorsurdi)

 

Waterholes of the MacDonnell Ranges

The MacDonnell Ranges stretch 400 miles across the Northern Territory of Australia. Surrounding many of the ranges' parallel peaks are numerous waterholes that provide a glistening natural playground for tourists and photographers alike. Lined with red cliff walls and sandy bottoms, as the sun cascades down the edges of several of these waterholes, a rich rainbow of earth tones punctuated with shimmering water makes these natural features a photographer's paradise.

Stevin Tuchiwsky (@stevint)

 

Mindil Beach

Mindil Beach has a vibrant coastal village scene but as the sun begins to set, the dynamic collage of sun, sky, and sand explodes with color and provides an idea burst of light for sensational silhouettes. 

Sony Artisan Colby Brown (@colbybrownphotography)

Stan Moniz (@) 

 

 

Yellow Water Billabong

Billabongs are ponds created by rivers changing course and leaving behind vibrant wetland ecosystems that boast a diverse list of photogenic wildlife including birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Yellow Water is the most famous billabong in Kakadu National Park and can be seen by boat or land both at day and night. 

Erin Sullivan (@erinoutdoors)

 

Stevin Tuchiwksy (@stevint)

 

Ubirr Rock

Ubirr is a collection of rock outcrops in Kakadu National Park that is home to a collection of Aboriginal rock art, including the sacred Rainbow Serpent Gallery. At the top of Ubirr rock photographers can get lost in the vista of the lush green floodplain below and the vast horizon that seems to stretch infinitely.

Andy To (@andyto)

Marti Gutfreund (@enchanted.forest)

 

Nourlangie Rock

Nourlangie Rock is a rigid sandstone formation standing in Kakadu National Park that is home to a treasured collection of ancient rock art. Unlike Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Nourlangie Rock is not bare and smooth, but instead has some vegetation and sharp edged layers and cliffs giving it added texture and color.

 

Erin Sullivan (@erinoutdoors)

 

Tiwi Islands

Melville Island, Bathurst Island and nine other small islands make up the Tiwi Islands at the point where the Timor Sea and Arafura Sea meet. White sand beaches, rich green plant life and brilliant blue water make it an utopian scene to witness from sea, land, or above in the sky as the Collective members were able to experience from a plane.

Stevin Tuchiwksy (@stevint)

 

Erin Sullivan (@erinoutdoors)

 

Bonus Photo Op

Kangaroos and wallabies hoppin' about! It might sound cliché but as the collective members found out, these adorable Aussie creatures are irresistibly cute and engaging subjects to shoot!  

Marti Gutfreund (@enchanted.forest)

 

Quay Hu (@aroundq)

 

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