WetlandCare Australia national competition now open for entries

September 20, 2010

Today WetlandCare Australia launches online  their 4th annual National Art and Photography Competition to celebrate World Wetlands Day. The competition, which receives entries from across Australia, is open to children and adults in both Art and Photography, giving as many people as possible the opportunity to submit entries. 

There are a number of categories open for entry including: NSW Catchment Management Authorities Open Art with a first prize of $1500; Central West Catchment Management Authority Children’s Art Senior with a first prize of $1200; Murray-Darling Basin Authority Children’s Art Junior with a first prize of $1200; and NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water Open Photography, with a first prize of $1200.

In addition to these major sponsors, many regional natural resource management groups and private companies are also supporting the competition.

Nicci Carter, General Manager of WetlandCare Australia says “The competition is an excellent opportunity for all Australians to consider the importance of wetlands and what wetlands mean to them, in this time of water shortages, drought, and other impacts of climate change.”

The theme of the competition for 2011 is Forested Wetlands: their importance and wise use, which reflects the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011 of Wetlands and Forests. World Wetlands Day is an international event proclaimed by the United Nations to raise awareness of, and celebrate wetlands.

Competition entry forms and further information can be obtained from WetlandCare Australia’s website: www.wetlandcare.com.au

The closing date for competition entries is December 3, 2010.

The winners of the competition will be notified on December 23, 2010 and then publicly announced on at an Award Ceremony and Opening Exhibition at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra on Tuesday February 1 2011.

WetlandCare Australia is the leading Australian not for profit wetland conservation organisation, and has for over 20 years been dedicated to supporting every Australian to protect and restore our precious wetlands.