Deadline for Gazette pet photography project is August 31

Local residents have until the end of this month to be in the running to be a part of the Gazette’s pet photo exhibition, editor Matt Lawrenece has announced.

Twelve months after its highly successful Hawkesbury 100 Faces project, Gazette photographer Geoff Jones is embarking on a new initiative to capture the special relationship people have with their pets.

Day out: Gary the galah out and about in one of his regular visits to the nursing home to see owner Sarah Andronicos' grandmother.

Day out: Gary the galah out and about in one of his regular visits to the nursing home to see owner Sarah Andronicos' grandmother.

Entries have been flowing in for the competition, including that of Sarah Andronicos who rescued her pet galah, Gary, as a baby.

Gary is an extremely adventurous bird, who even accompanies Sarah to work.

“He is my best friend in the world and he has the funniest personality,” she said. “He sleeps with me and is basically by my side 24/7.

“He comes everywhere with me, even to work. I work at a pet shop in Richmond where Gary is quite well known by the locals and he also goes to visit my grandma in her nursing home.

“He talks a lot, he says 'hey Gary', 'good boy', 'what are you doing', 'where's Sarah', 'Gary Gary', 'hello Gary', and a mixture of all those words.  

“He loves hanging upside down, lying on his back and screaming a lot. Especially when I don't let him chew the skirting boards.” 

Genean Beetson has also sent in a beautiful photo of Hawkesbury High School student Hope Beetson with one of her rescue horses, George, a standardbred. Both live at Kurrajong.

A total of 30 entries will be selected to be part of the project. Send entries to mlawrence@fairfaxmedia.com.au by August 31.

Rescued: Hope Beetson with one of her rescue horses, George.

Rescued: Hope Beetson with one of her rescue horses, George.