Bud­ding pho­tog­ra­phers walk with na­ture

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ONE HUN­DRED and fifty pho­tos were cap­tured and com­piled of the Lock­yer Val­ley’s di­verse range of na­tive fauna, flora and fungi.

They were sub­mit­ted to the 2018 Lock­yer In the Wild Na­ture Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion, an ini­tia­tive of con­ser­va­tion group Lock­yer Up­lands Catch­ment Inc.

The cul­mi­na­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion was an ex­hi­bi­tion of 100 of the snaps on Satur­day, where the win­ners were an­nounced by a judg­ing panel of a re­tired com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­pher and an ecol­o­gist.

Garry Innes’s stun­ning pho­to­graph of an Azure King­fisher was named over­all win­ner and win­ner of the na­tive an­i­mal por­trait sec­tion.

Joanne Cork won in the na­tive an­i­mal in their nat­u­ral habi­tat cat­e­gory and Mor­wenna Bod­ding­ton the na­tive botan­i­cal sec­tion.

In the stu­dent sec­tions, Ni­cola Ash­ley of Ma Ma Creek State School had the best na­tive an­i­mal photo and Bella Gratwick of Con­cor­dia Col­lege won best na­tive botan­i­cal photo.

Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil was the ma­jor spon­sors of the com­pe­ti­tion, which aimed to en­cour­age lo­cals to get out and ex­plore the nat­u­ral ar­eas right out­side their door.

PHOTO: GARRY INNES

SNAP­SHOT: Garry Innes’s pho­to­graph of an Azure King­fisher was named over­all win­ner.

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