Cap­ture ag essence

Shepparton News - Country News - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Bud­ding pho­tog­ra­phers are en­cour­aged to start snap­ping around local farms and en­ter their best pho­to­graphs in a com­pe­ti­tion run by water cam­paigner Speak Up.

The sub­mit­ted pho­tos can be any­thing agri­cul­ture-re­lated, whether it’s crops, an­i­mals, peo­ple on farms, farm-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, wildlife on farms or on-farm en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly habi­tats, and pho­to­graphs sub­mit­ted will be used for a range of projects in­clud­ing a cal­en­dar, Face­book posts and pro­mo­tional videos.

Spokesper­son Linda Fawns said a key aim of the com­pe­ti­tion was to high­light the en­vi­ron­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance of the re­gion’s farm­lands, as well as the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture to our com­mu­ni­ties and way of life.

‘‘The say­ing tells us ‘a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words’, so we want to cap­ture the essence of our re­gion in this way to tell our story.

‘‘There is in­suf­fi­cient un­der­stand­ing in some quar­ters of the con­tri­bu­tion our farm­lands make to en­vi­ron­men­tal well­be­ing, as well as the so­cial im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and, as such, the na­tion as a whole.

‘‘We would like these and more to be re­flected in com­pe­ti­tion en­tries,’’ Mrs Fawns said.

The per­son who takes the top photo will win four Medal­lion Club tick­ets at Mel­bourne’s Eti­had Sta­dium dur­ing the 2018 AFL sea­son. Pho­tos should be emailed to speakup4wa­ by Sun­day,

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