18 March 2016
We'd like to thank everyone who took part in the 2016 Wetlands in Focus Photography Prize.
Over 650 entries were received from around Australia, showcasing the beautiful wetlands and waterways that support our environment and wildlife.
You can view the winning photos in the online gallery below and read the photographer's statements on our Facebook page.
Winners details are below the gallery.
We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Wetlands in Focus Photography Prize:
|Curtis Hayne||Essential Biodiversity Refuges||Moree, NSW|
|1st||Jason Freeman||Gunbower Flood||Gunbower State Forest, Vic|
|2nd||Jo-Ann Blunn||Handrail Pool, Weano Gorge||Karijini National Park WA|
|3rd||Ben Blanche||Boomanjin Sunrise||Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park Qld|
|Wetland Flora||Youth||Alison Peters||Waterlily||Zillah Crawcour Park, Barwon River, Geelong, Victoria|
|1st||Gary Tate||Acacia with raindrops||Lake Joondalup, Perth WA|
|2nd||Colleen Galvin||Paperbark Colour||Fingal bay NSW|
|3rd||Adam Firth||Lotus Lily||Yellow Water, NT|
|Wetland Fauna||Youth||Ryu Callaway||Darting Away||Jerrabomberra Wetlands, ACT|
|1st||Adam Firth||Lunchtime for Saltie||Yellow Water, NT|
|2nd||Peter Rowland||On Reflection||Tallawarra Ash Ponds, NSW|
|3rd||Todd Burrows||Graceful Delivery||Runaway Bay, Qld|
|Volunteers in Action||Youth||Brentley Rutherford||Old and Wise Estuary Keeper||Peel Harvey Estuary Mandurah WA|
|1st||David Fletcher||Wetland volunteer at work planting hope||Elmhurst VIC|
|2nd||Naomi Edwards||Restored wetland, Restored beauty||Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang (Gold Coast) Qld|
|3rd||Ann Anstey||Checking||Yea Wetlands, Vic|
|Dimity Bambrick||Orthetrum sabina - Slender Skimmer||Hedlow Wetlands, Lake Mary, Qld|
|People's Choice Runner Up||Karin Hosking||Bums Up||Balyang Sanctuary, Vic|
A Youth Award was selected in each category, from entrants under 18 years of age.
People’s Choice Award
A People’s Choice prize was run through the WetlandCare Australia Facebook page. All entries were displayed publicly, with Entrant’s Name, Entry Title, Artists Statement and category entered into, on the WetlandCare Australia Facebook page. The entry secured the most ‘Likes’ by Midnight on March 17 2016 was awarded $100 cash, and the entry that received the second highest number of ‘Likes’ received a $50 Native Growth Online shop voucher.
The judging criteria are (in order):
Relevance to category theme
Quality of presentation
Click here to access our many factsheets on a range of wetland topics, including the threats to wetlands from invasive plants and animals, and how we can all make a difference.
The Ramsar Convention website has a wealth of free and fascinating materials on wetlands. To find out more visit: www.ramsar.org
Find out more
Draw inspiration from last year's winners and our Facebook page and see some of the amazing wetlands that we are working hard to protect and promote:
For more information contact:
Wetlands in Focus Photography Prize Coordinator Liz Hajenko
T: 1800 816 147
Photo on front page of website: Gary Tate Acacia with raindrops
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