Local photographer, Amber Hall recently made the short list in the category of People’s Choice of the 2021 Nature Photo Contest hosted by the Nature Conservancy of Australia. Her image, titled Survival Day, was taken after a harrowing night of rapidly rising flood water in March this year. During the rainfall event the Gwydir River peaked at its highest point in nine years.
The photographic competition ran throughout the month of August and was open to anyone with a love for nature, receiving entries from around the globe.
“Across the world, nature, whether it is through dramatic landscapes or quirky wildlife, unites and inspires people,” said TNC Australia Managing Director Alison Rowe. “Australia, with its diverse and unique landscapes and wildlife, is such a perfect place for it.”
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organisation dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, they focus on getting things done efficiently and with the greatest positive impact for conservation.
It is only the second photographic competition that Amber has entered, with her drone picture taking out the Champion Award at the Bingara Show in May this year. Already proud of that achievement, Amber was told about the Nature Photo Contest by a friend who encouraged her to apply.
“I uploaded several images and asked the Bingara community to like them, which many of them did,” said Amber. “I received and email from them to say one was in the final and I was so surprised.”
The People’s Choice Award will be voted on from 4–15 September before winners of all categories of the competition are announced on 30th September.