Time to get snap happy with nature and win!

I Spy by Tabatha Del Fabbro, the 2017 winner of the People – Adult category

Whether it’s your smart phone or your DSLR, you had better grab it and capture the beauty of Ipswich’s natural environment. The 16th annual Enviroplan Photographic Competition is your opportunity to share your best environmental images, with the chance to win cash prizes in different categories.

Entering the awards has been made even easier, with photos captured on camera or smartphone able to be submitted via a new user-friendly website, or through Instagram.

Conservation and Environment Committee Chairperson Councillor Kerry Silver said Instagram was included for the first time in 2017, and had proven popular with a high number of entries.

“The Enviroplan Photographic Competition is about encouraging people to explore our incredible outdoor areas and conservation estates to help promote the natural wonders of Ipswich,” she said.

“Every year we see stunning shots from very talented photographers, with student and adult categories hotly contested.

“Some people have great camera equipment, but many people exploring our conservation estates just carry a mobile phone.

“I would encourage people to get snapping and enter their best pictures – no matter what sort of camera was used.”

Previous winner of the Overall Adult Winner category Gail Bryant said the most important part of the competition is about having a go and raising important awareness around nature conservation.

“Get to know your camera, understand your settings like your shutter speed, aperture and ISO,” Gail said.

“Even if it’s a point and shoot, you need to know all the features especially if you’re trying to shoot something fast like wildlife – you need to know your settings and that will contribute to a better photo.

“It’s not all about the camera though, I feel like practice and having an eye for photography are the real key.” Categories include native wildlife, native plants, natural landscapes, people in nature, plus kids and teens categories and a special ‘photo of the month’ competition on Instagram. Terms and conditions for website and Instagram entries are available at enviroplanphotocomp.com.au. You have until the 24th of August to enter.

Happy snapping!