Environment Levy funds $8000 towards new photographic award
  • Monday 09 March 2015

Keen photographers are invited to enter the inaugural Sunshine Coast Landscape and Wildlife Photography competition with a total prize pool of $9500.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Cr Jenny McKay said in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Council’s Environment Levy will support an inaugural national Sunshine Coast Landscape and Wildlife Photography Award.

“Council’s vision is for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region—vibrant, green and diverse. A big part of achieving that vision is really appreciating what we have here on our doorstep," Cr McKay said.

“Through this award, we hope to raise awareness of the beauty and significance of the environment—driving appreciation for our environmental values. This is another great example of your Environment Levy in action.

“Sponsored by the Environment Levy, the winner of this category will receive $8000.

“From the Hinterland to the Coast, the Sunshine Coast is renowned for its beautiful landscape and high diversity of native flora and fauna so we are anticipating this will be a hotly contested Award.

“The Sunshine Coast Landscape and Wildlife Photography Award is open to any Australian resident living and working in Australia and will culminate in a stunning exhibition of up to 40 finalists’ works to be exhibited at the Arts & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Botanic Gardens from Saturday, October 10 to Sunday, November 1.

“As photographic work must be taken within the Sunshine Coast Council local government area I encourage visitors to our picturesque region to capture those stunning nature based images and enter to be in the running to win great cash prizes.”

All photography entries must represent one or more of the following:
•         native flora and fauna of the Sunshine Coast
•         native insects and arachnids of the Sunshine Coast
•         natural landscapes, including waterways of the Sunshine Coast
•         connection between people and the natural environment.

Entry is free for residents of the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area and just $25 per person for people living outside the region. Entrants under 18 years of age must have the consent of their parent or guardian to enter.

The Sunshine Coast Landscape and Wildlife Photography Award is one of numerous award categories within the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 10th anniversary celebration, with over $125,000 in cash prizes available for artists.

Mediums include painting, sculpture, public art, photography, new media (including projections, animation, street art, digital photography, videography and more).

Visit Council’s gallery website for full details.