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Photography competition celebrates Macarthur’s natural beauty

Publish on 03 Nov 2017 All suburbs Blair Athol, Blairmount, Bow Bowing, Bradbury, Campbelltown, Claymore, Denham Court, Eagle Vale, Englorie Park, Eschol Park, Gilead, Glen Alpine, Glenfield, Gregory Hills, Holsworthy, Ingleburn, Kearns, Kentlyn, Leumeah, Long Point, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park, Minto, Minto Heights, Mount Annan, Raby, Rosemeadow, Ruse, St Andrews, St Helens Park, Varroville, Wedderburn, Woodbine, Woronora Dam,

Media release - 3 November 2017

The Macarthur region’s beauty was celebrated when the winners of the 2017 Macarthur Nature Photography Competition were announced at a presentation evening at Camden Civic Centre on Thursday 2 November.

Macarthur’s three councils – Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly – host the annual competition, which showcases the region’s unique environmental landscape and aims to highlight the importance of respecting and protecting our natural areas.

The competition’s core themes were Waterways, Native Flora and Fauna, Nature Up Close and Environmental Impact, and two age categories (Young People: 15 years and under; and Open: 16 years and over), and primary and high school categories, giving photographers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to share their images with the wider community.

Two categories which proved popular in 2016, Snap A Selfie and Hollows As Homes, were also included in this year’s competition.

Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, congratulated the competition winners, saying their outstanding entries were a great way to showcase the region’s stunning natural environment.

“The competition is growing in popularity, this year attracting 406 entries from experienced photographers and novices,” he said.

“Their passion for, and pride in the Macarthur region’s pristine bushland, unspoilt waterways and prolific wildlife is reflected in their entries, and I’m pleased this competition provides an opportunity for both locals and the wider community to enjoy their stunning photographs.”

The competition had $5,000 in prizes on offer this year, thanks to competition sponsors – Macarthur Square, Macarthur Camera House, Canon, Western Sydney University, Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living and Symbio Wildlife Park.

Winning photographs from the annual Macarthur Nature Photography Competition will form part of a travelling exhibition across Macarthur, including Macarthur Square from mid-November.

Winners of the 2017 Macarthur Nature Photography Competition are as follows:



1st place:         Paul Aracic – One Night in Kentlyn

2nd place:        Ky Prakhounheuang – Smoke on the water

Native flora and fauna

1st place:         Paul Heath – Golden Light

2nd place:        Glenn Smith – On the Prowl

Environmental Impact

1st place:         Bron King – Road Kill

2nd place:        Ash Pearsall –  Bush meets the burbs!

Nature Up Close

1st Place:         Margaret Freeman – Footloose

2nd Place:        Kira Leeon – Dragonfly with big lips and even bigger eyes

Hollows as Homes

Winner:            Glenn Smith – On Guard Duty

Snap a Selfie

Winner:            Vicky Mycio



1st Place:         Chloe Marsh – Sunset over Murky Water

2nd Place:        Hayden Bailey – Duplicity

Native flora and fauna

1st Place:         Isabelle Robertson – Delightful Daisies

2nd Place:        Tess McEvoy-King – Bush Gold

Environmental Impact

1st Place:         Jodi Weisz – Why destroy nature?

2nd Place:        Jordon Waterhouse – A Sprinkle of Pink

Nature Up Close

1st Place:         Mauerick Fraley – Leaf Pond

2nd Place:        Corey Horsfall – A Bull Ant

Primary School

Winner:            Mauerick Fraley, Warragamba Public School - Leaf Pond

High School

Winner:            Ky Prakhounheuang, John Therry Catholic High School - Smoke on the water


Winner:            Chloe McEwan – Flowers galore

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