Hawkesbury Gazette opens photo competition

Hawkesbury Gazette photographer Geoff Jones took this photo of poplar trees next to a body of water at Cattai.

Hawkesbury Gazette photographer Geoff Jones took this photo of poplar trees next to a body of water at Cattai.

THE Hawkesbury Gazette will be calling on the pride and love residents feel for their region’s visual beauty when it plays host to the We Are Hawkesbury: 25 Places photographic competition.

It’s no secret, the Hawkesbury region boasts much in the way of natural beauty.

The Hawkesbury River provides the surrounding areas with lush, green and fertile farm land. In the mountains, there are huge swathes of bush and mighty trees, still untouched by man. The town centres are filled with picturesque streets, more reminiscent of a country village than outer suburbs of a city.

Capturing these elements in picture format is at the core of the competition.

Of course the competition also looks to uncover and celebrate the talented locals behind the lens.

Their works, when combined, will help us create a local scenic trail through the region, showing fellow residents they do not have to go very far to get away.

The Hawkesbury community prides itself on the visually stunning piece of Australia it inhabits, and visitors to the region are always left impressed by the magnificent scenery. Sadly, some forget the beauty that rests just beyond their doorsteps. This will serve as a reminder that we do indeed live in an exquisite part of the state.

The competition

The Hawkesbury Gazette will host a landscape photograph competition, which started on September 11, and will run until October 13.

There will be two categories: senior and junior (under-18 years).

The aim of the competition is to showcase the natural beauty of the Hawkesbury region, with landscape photographs taken from across the region.

The best photos will be used to promote the region.

To enter, please send an e-mail to wearehawkesbury@fairfaxmedia.com.au and in the subject line include your name and "25 Places".

A panel of judges will vote on the best photo in each category, with each winner to receive a professionally framed copy of their photo.

Terms and conditions

Longneck Lagoon, Cattai. Picture: Geoff Jones

Longneck Lagoon, Cattai. Picture: Geoff Jones

Entrants must reside in the Hawkesbury LGA Area or neighbouring suburbs. Entrants cannot be employed by Fairfax Media or its associated companies. Entrants cannot be employed by Hawkesbury Council.

By entering, a person is stating the photograph was taken by them and that they own the copyright. The photographer retains the copyright, but consents to Fairfax Media and associated mastheads publishing their photographs in any form, including print, online, book, calendar, exhibition or other ways we see fit to promote the competition; this includes for the purposes of the competition, but may also include other reasons usually associated with a newspaper or news website. The appropriate credit will be given to the photographer. Hawkesbury Council may use the photographs to promote the region. Again, the appropriate credit will be given to the photographer.

Photos must either be taken in the list of suburbs below.

Agnes Banks, Richmond-North Richmond-Richmond Lowlands-Hobartville, Windsor-South Windsor-Bligh Park, Colo-Upper Colo-Lower Colo, Kurrajong-East Kurrajong-Kurrajong Heights-Kurrajong Hills, Bilpin, Kurmond, Wilberforce, Glossodia, Wisemans Ferry, Cattai-Maraylya, Sackville, Lower Portland, Bowen Mountain, Yarramundi, Grose Wold-Grose Vale, Freemans Reach, Ebenezer, St Albans, Pitt Town, Oakville, Windsor Downs, Scheyville, Tennyson, Upper MacDonlad-Lower MacDonald-Higher MacDonald.

Entry: Entrants must send their photos to wearehawkesbury@fairfaxmedia.com.au. Entrants can submit one photo per suburb, in up to ten suburbs, in either the junior (under 18 years of age) or senior categories.

Photos must be a minimum of 500KB and a maximum of 10MB and submitted in JPEG form. Submitted photos must be accompanied with the .RAW file. Photos must be submitted as they come from the camera, without digital editing.  Fairfax reserves the right to crop the photograph. Photos must be taken in 2017.

Write your name and "25 Places" in the subject field, and include your name, address, phone number, photo title, a brief description of the image and the date and specific location it was taken in the email. Entrants must also declare which category they are entering.

Promotion opens on September 11 and ends at 5pm, October 13.

The winner of the senior and junior competitions will receive a professionally framed copy of their image. The image will be displayed at various locations around the city of Hawkesbury for a period of one year, before the handover. It will include a plaque with your name and the name of the photo.

The winners of each category will be judged by a panel, comprising members of the Gazette and Council.

Winners will be notified by telephone call and e-mail within seven business days of the announcement. The winners will also be published in The Hawkesbury Gazette and The Hawkesbury Courier. Winners must claim prize within 30 days of announcement.

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