Coorong and Lakes photo competition winners announced

Date posted: 02 February 2016

With more than 180 entries, judges had their work cut out selecting winners of the inaugural Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) Coorong and Lakes Photo Competition.

Announced on World Wetlands Day on 2 February, the photo competition celebrates the Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert region as an internationally recognised Ramsar wetland, as seen through the eyes of the community.

World Wetlands Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971, and aims to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits while promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

DEWNR spokesperson Jason Higham thanked everyone who entered the competition.

”We are pleased to have received such a diverse range of photos illustrating why the site is so special,” Mr Higham said.

“The photo competition and World Wetlands Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the value of wetlands to the community, public and visitors to the region.

“As one of Australia’s most important inland wetlands for both waterbirds and international shorebirds, the Coorong and Lakes Ramsar Wetland is also home to a number of significant plants and animals including rare orchids, migratory birds and fish species.”

Winners take home some great prizes, and winning photos will be featured in a publication which describes the site’s important ecological and social values. The Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Ecological Character Description will provide a benchmark against which the site should be managed in the long-term.

“The photos we have received show how the region has changed and is being restored to health since the end of the Millennium Drought,” Mr Higham said.

The winning entries will be on display at the Meningie Lakes Hub from February 6 until March 5 and also online at: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/coorong-lakes-photo-comp

Coorong and Lakes Photo Competition winners

Overall winner: ‘Coorong’s Soul’ by Brayden Mann from Victor Harbor

Category winners

 Our wetland: ‘At One with Nature’ by Sally Grundy from Goolwa

Wetland habitat and landscapes: ‘Divisible by Three’ by Patrick Boylan from Mount Gambier

Wetland flora and fauna: ‘Black Winged Stilts’ by Beth Nixon from McCracken

Threats including pests and weeds: ‘The Wetlands Desert’ by Michelle Forte from Brompton

Wetland through time: ‘Wreck of the PS Albion’ by Beth Nixon from McCracken

DEWNR has also produced a video to coincide with World Wetlands Day which illustrates why the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth is so important to members of the local community; available online: https://youtu.be/Y5kJF5-lD5s

The Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project is funded by the Australian Government and the South Australian Government’s Murray Futures initiative.