For­est pho­tog­ra­phy

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Pre­vi­ous win­ner Wendy Keath’s photo of birdlife in Gun­bower For­est.

With spring in the air and school hol­i­days here, it’s a great time of year to get out and ex­plore Gun­bower For­est.

North Cen­tral Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity is giv­ing vis­i­tors an­other rea­son to dis­cover the unique his­tory and flood­plain plants and an­i­mals found in the for­est, by hold­ing a Gun­bower For­est photo com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘Spring is the time of the year the for­est looks its best and there’s a lot to see at the mo­ment,’’ North Cen­tral CMA project of­fi­cer Sophia Piscitelli said.

‘‘More than 95 per cent of lo­cals re­cently sur­veyed told us they value Gun­bower For­est for its re­cre­ation and as an at­trac­tive place to visit, and we cer­tainly agree with them,’’ she said.

‘‘On top of that, tourism is worth about $26 mil­lion a year to Gan­nawarra Shire com­mu­ni­ties, with the for­est and wet­lands key at­trac­tions.’’

The Flood­ing for Life Gun­bower For­est Photo Com­pe­ti­tion is open to peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties, with three awards: Best Land­scape, Best Close-up and Best Ju­nior Pho­tog­ra­pher (aged 16 and un­der).

‘‘As one of the most pop­u­lar camp­ing, bush­walk­ing and bird­watch­ing spots in the re­gion, Gun­bower For­est is a spe­cial place,’’ Ms Piscitelli said.

‘‘It’s home to many en­dan­gered plants and an­i­mals, such as the gi­ant banjo frog and in­ter­me­di­ate egret, and is an im­por­tant seed bank for other wet­lands down­stream.

‘‘It also con­tains sig­nif­i­cant sites of Abo­rig­i­nal and Euro­pean cul­tural her­itage, so there’s a lot to pho­to­graph.’’ ■ To en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, send your high­res­o­lu­tion pho­tos as JPEG or PNG files with Gun­bower For­est Photo Com­pe­ti­tion in the sub­ject line to: info@nc­ In­clude your name, the date you took it and where you took it, as well as your age. En­tries close 5 pm Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 14.

Pretty as a pic­ture . . . Pre­vi­ous win­ner Betty Water­son’s photo of Koon­drook Track.

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