Budding wildlife photographers from across the Southern Highlands have been recognised by Council at a special presentation celebrating World Environment Week.
Announcing the winners of the Backyard Safari Photo Exhibition was Wingecarribee Shire Council General Manager Ann Prendergast.
“I’d like to thank all the photographers for taking the time to contribute to this photographic exhibition celebrating our beautiful natural environment,” said Ms Prendergast.
“Our entrants captured some truly stunning images of our Shire’s amazing natural diversity.”
The Backyard Safari Photo Exhibition was organised by Council in recognition of both World Environment Week and Council’s Habitat for Wildlife program.
Participants were encouraged to submit their favourite photos of plants, animals and the natural environment found in their own backyard or bushland reserve.
“All up we received over 160 amazing entries,” said Council’s Bushland Projects Officer and exhibition organiser, Karen Guymer.
The exhibition featured three categories including Primary School, High School and Open sections.
Images were displayed in Council’s foyer gallery throughout the month of June with winners selected via a people’s choice public voting system.
Prizes were awarded in the following categories:
- 1st – Olive Love for “Frog in the Pond” – 7 years old from Bowral,
- 2nd – Bradley Boomsma for “Australian Outline” – 10 years old from Bullio,
- 3rd – Blake Buxton for “Educated Echidna” – 5 years old from Bundanoon.
- 1st – Lara Todd for “Possum” – 14 years old from Bowral,
- 2nd – Cedar Love for “Camouflaged Moth” –12 years old from Bowral,
- 3rd – Iris Love for “Nature Walk” – 16 years old from Bowral.
- 1st – Richard Paddle for “Visiting Lorikeet” from Bundanoon,
- 2nd – Louise Docker for “Blue Banded Bees” from Penrose,
- 3rd – John Hutchinson for “Feathertail Glider” from Bundanoon.
“We hope these photographs have encouraged more residents to explore, learn and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us,” said Ms Guymer.
Council’s local World Environment Week activities, Habitat for Wildlife program and Backyard Safari Photo exhibition were all proudly supported by the Environment Levy.