18 March 2016
Are you snap-happy and love photographing our beautiful region? Then this is a competition you won’t want to miss out on.
The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) has just launched its 2016 photo competition ‘Nature in Focus’ which is open to all residents within the Northern Agricultural Region, stretching from Gingin to Kalbarri, Dalwallinu to Mullewa, and all points between.
NACC last ran a photo competition in 2014, which attracted a lot of interest, and more than 150 photo entries.
NACC Communications Officer Alexia Parenzee said this year’s competition has a strong focus on ‘action pictures’ which showcase how people are actively caring for the region’s coast, farms, plants and animals.
“In the past we have had amazing photographs entered, many boasting the region’s floral array, landscapes, and sunsets, but this year we are aiming for something a bit different,” she said.
“While we also hope to receive these stunning fauna and landscape shots, we are putting a special emphasis on active pictures, showcasing what caring for the NAR looks like to the people who live here.
“This could be their connection to the NAR, or action shots, tree plantings, or how you like to clean-up and care for your patch; the only requirement for this category, is that it has to be taken at a location within the region.”
The 2016 categories for ‘Nature in Focus’
– “Caring for our coast” – showcasing how people look after and enjoy the coastal environment.
– “Totally wild” – focussing on plants and animals in the region.
– “Aboriginal connection to country” – showing what connection to country and culture means to you.
– “Keeping it green” – demonstrating what people do to reduce their carbon footprint.
– “A farming future” – showcasing sustainable farming.
Photographing the natural environment is a great way to encourage people to gain a better understanding of how beautiful our environment is, and how important it is to protect it.
The environment here is under threat from so many factors, including climate change, habitat loss and feral animals endangering the region’s native plants and animals.
To encourage an even spread of picture entries, seven lucky winners will be announced, including an exclusive ‘Young Photographer Award’ for entrants under 18 years of age, a ‘People’s Choice Award’, and an overall ‘2016 Photographer Excellence Award’ winner.