Syd­ney a sym­phony in pic­tures

From the land, from the sea and from the sky, our glo­ri­ous city shows why we are the envy of the world

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - #SNAPSYDNEY - El­iz­a­beth Col­man

THE faces, fa­mous places, pets and wildlife, food and nat­u­ral beauty of our in­cred­i­ble city were on full dis­play dur­ing our #Snap­Syd­ney photo-shar­ing celebration last week.

While NewsLo­cal read­ers cap­tured and shared parts of their day, The Stan­dard was out and about and saw the re­gion in all its glory.

Early on Wed­nes­day, the sun shone on his­tor­i­cal homes, se­niors played bowls to keep ac­tive, peo­ple gath- ered at Kmart Mt Druitt for the Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal and our very own Elvis im­per­son­ator Al­lan Hazel­ton made an ap­pear­ance.

Tod­dlers made a splash at Emer­ton Leisure Cen­tre for swim­ming lessons and we snapped the St Clair snake catch­ers later in the day.

On a flaw­less Syd­ney day, the #Snap­Syd­ney hash­tag was used more than 15,000 times as so­cial me­dia users showed their love for their part of the city from land, sea and air, un­der­ground and un­der­wa­ter, with im­ages viewed around the world.

And we were not alone.

For the first time this year, the #Snap ini­tia­tive went na­tion­wide, ex­pand­ing to Mel­bourne, Bris­bane, Ade­laide and Perth.

Of­fice work­ers, fam­i­lies and tourists vis­ited pop-up events in Syd­ney’s Martin Place, Mel­bourne’s Fed­er­a­tion Square and in Bris­bane and Perth to cel­e­brate the spirit of the day.

NewsLo­cal editor-in-chief Kathy Li­pari said #Snap­Syd­ney was a great celebration of a beau­ti­ful city and thou­sands of pic­tures were taken.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see so many peo­ple cel­e­brat­ing our beau­ti­ful city through­out the day,” she said. “If ever we needed re­mind­ing how lucky we are to live in such a beau­ti­ful place, #Snap­Syd­ney is the per­fect way to do so.”

#Snap­Syd­ney was the high­est trend­ing event on Twit­ter na­tion­ally for most of the day, with 10,000 im­ages ap­pear­ing un­der the hash­tag and #SnapCoast, via In­sta­gram’s pub­lic ac­counts alone.

A new­born merely six hours old, a wed­ding on the steps of the Syd­ney Opera House, lo­cal busi­nesses, celebri­ties and me­dia and sports stars fea­tured in the thou­sands of im­ages shared on In­sta­gram, Twit­ter and Facebook, and sent to NewsLo­cal’s ti­tles.

NSW and South Aus­tralian pre­miers Mike Baird and Jay Weather­ill and fed­eral La­bor front­bencher An­thony Al­banese were among the politi­cians who showed the love for their re­spec­tive cities. All the best pic­tures at snap­syd­

Elvis im­per­son­ator Al­lan Hazel­ton out­side Big Al's Elvis World in Mt Druitt. Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Mamre House is on an 85ha prop­erty at Or­chard Hills that was part of the Rev Sa­muel Mars­den’s orig­i­nal South Creek farm es­tab­lished in 1804.

Mi­mosa, in St Marys, is an 1894 her­itage-listed Vic­to­rian Ital­ianate man­sion.

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