Nature photographers have until Friday September 2 to submit entries and win prizes in the 2016 Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) Feral Photos competition.
And for the first time in the competition’s six-year history a new video footage category has been introduced this year.
Natural Resource Management facilitator with NSW Department of Primary Industries for the IA CRC, Jessica Marsh, initiated the competition to highlight feral animal issues in rural and urban areas across Australia.
“Great photos and footage have been entered this year and we welcome more entries. Whether you’re a budding photographer, videographer or just managed to snap a great shot with a smart phone – we want them all,” Ms Marsh said.
“The photo competition is a great tool to highlight one of our national problems and we are looking forward to seeing what video footage and stills Australians have to offer in 2016.”
Some of the best entries from previous years have not come from photographers hiding in the bush, but from motion sensor camera traps and a ‘best remote camera image’ prize is on offer this year. In 2015 this category was won with an image of two wild pigs fighting titled ‘The Boar Ring’ that was captured by a camera trap in Begonia, Queensland by Thomas Garrett.
While images of feral rabbits and wild dogs might be obvious, images with subtle stories, such as Catherine Begley’s 2015 entry that showed an Indian myna bird as the prey of a native sparrowhawk, are welcome. Some of the more striking images find their way onto the pages of newspapers, government publications, websites and posters.
Photos and video footage can be submitted online, www.pestsmart.org.au/feral-photos with a limit of five entries per person.