A cheeky entry has taken home the top prize at a state photography competition this week.
At first glance the winning image in Queensland’s Australian Institute of Professional Photography competition looks innocent.
But the one that cracked first place was a little more racy than regular wildlife photography.
The photograph shows a stick instinct, striking a defiantly triumphant pose, while perching on a woman’s bottom.
The winning image (pictured) shows a stick insect posing triumphantly on a bare bottom
The photo, which was taken by Gold Coast photographer Sheryn Ellis, took out the gold award in the pet category.
Sheryn says it was a risk entering the image in the competition.
‘It was a gamble because when you do something out of the box the judges either like it or they don’t and you just never know,’ she tells Daily Mail Australia.
The artist, who specialises in portraiture, says she found inspiration from watching the different poses the insects make.
‘My sister has had stick insects for a long time and I had a cool idea of photographing them.’
‘The pose is one of their favourite positions, as soon as you start playing with them they start arching up.’
Sheryn entered four images into the Pet Animal Category and each was awarded
Sheryn will now go on to compete in the national awards and has the tough decision of picking which image she takes with her
‘It’s like they’re celebrating something, or saying pick me. So the idea just came, the moon landing.’
‘I kept thinking of the moon landing and wanted it to be symbolic, of something pretty cool, and it just took me to that imagery of blue moons and bare bums.’
Sheryn says she was initially nervous that the judges wouldn’t get the concept, but that the reaction to the images has been great.
‘I was afraid they wouldn’t understand the whole concept, is that really someones butt? “oh it’s the moon landing!”
‘I think everyone finds it humorous. They start to laugh when the realisation sets in. I think it brings a smile which always nice.’
Usually the Gold Coast artist focuses on tweens through her artistic practice but says she also photographs pets when the inspiration strikes
Sheryn also received three silver awards for her fine-art portraiture shoots of teenagers.
While her work as an artist concentrates primarily on tweens and their transitional years she will occasionally branch out into pets and moon landings.
Sheryn will now go into the national awards and has the tough decision of choosing if the triumphant stick insect is entered.
‘It’s a risk because different judges will judge it. But I will exploring the stick further and producing a few more.’