For the first time, the Invasive Animals CRC has opened its popular feral animal photo competition to include moving images with a new ‘best footage’ category in the 2016 national contest.
Jessica Marsh, Natural Resource Management Facilitator for the Invasive Animals CRC with NSW Department of Primary Industries, initiated the competition six years ago to highlight feral animal impacts and the damage they cause across Australia.
“The photo competition has helped raise awareness of this national problem and we are excited to announce that this year’s competition is open to video clips of feral animals and their impacts.
“Last year’s winners were chosen based on how well the image told a story of impact – whether that is environmental or agricultural damage, or interactions between invasive animals and other species. This year we will be looking for similar images and video clips.
“We welcome entries from everyone, shot on any camera, hand-held device or a snap from your phone – we want them all,” Ms Marsh said.
Rick Nash from South Australia was the 2015 People’s Choice Winner with his photo of ‘Camels in the Nullarbor Plain’.
“We were returning from a cave diving expedition just near Cocklebiddy in WA and saw the herd of camels by the side of the road. As I always have my camera on me, I had to stop and take some snaps.
“My partner and I spend a lot of time exploring the Australian outback and love to combine our love of nature with photography. However, as we visit more reserves and national parks, we are more aware of the damage caused by feral animals. We are glad to see our images help raise awareness of this important topic,” Mr Nash said.
Mr Nash is looking forward to entering the 2016 competition with some of his new feral animal snaps.
A range of great prizes will again be on offer, including camping store vouchers and a chance for all entrants to receive one of two 12 month Australia Geographic magazine subscriptions.
You can submit your photos or video footage online via www.pestsmart.org.au/feral-photos. There is a limit of five entries per person and the competition closes on Friday 2 September 2016.