Capture Macarthur’s pristine bushland, unique wildlife and scenic waterways, and help showcase our region’s stunning natural environment by entering the 2017 Macarthur Nature Photography Competition.
Entries for the competition, hosted by the Macarthur region’s three councils – Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly – are open until Friday 29 September, and more than $5000 in prizes is up for grabs.
The regular competition themes are back, with a focus on Waterways, Native Flora and Fauna, Nature Up Close and Environmental Impact, and last year’s two new categories, ‘Snap A Selfie’ and ‘Hollows As Homes’, also return this year.
Snap A Selfie encourages residents to snap themselves getting into nature and post their photos to Facebook with the hashtag #snapMNPC. A $100 Macarthur Square gift card is on offer for the person who can post the most selfies in nature.
Hollows as Homes runs in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, and entrants who capture a photo of a tree hollow, an animal using a tree hollow, or an animal using an artificial nest box, will be in the running to win $100 cash and a family pass to Symbio Wildlife Park.
There are two age categories (Young People: 15 years and under; and Open: 16 years and over), making the competition accessible to enthusiasts of all ages, in addition to prizes for best overall primary school and best overall high school.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, encouraged budding photographers, seasoned snappers and nature lovers to enter the competition, which not only highlighted the Macarthur region’s natural beauty, but the importance of respecting and protecting our natural areas.
“Macarthur has some very talented photographers, as the high standard of entries in past years has reflected, and I’m looking forward to seeing the best of our beautiful region through their lens’,” he said.
Council’s ‘Spring into nature’ walk and talk series, with events during September taking in bushland areas like Simmo’s Beach Reserve and Dharawal National Park, will provide participants with additional inspiration for their entries.
Macarthur Nature Photography Competition entries can be submitted online with an $11 fee per image to cover printing and mounting (excluding Snap A Selfie category), or entrants can print and mount their own photograph and submit it at their local Council.