Get out your cameras or phones! Calling all nature lovers!
The Friends of Jirdarup Bushland are proud to announce this exciting new photography competition and exhibition to celebrate the Jirdarup Bushland Precinct in the town of Victoria Park. This is a chance for talented nature photographers to showcase their work and win amazing prizes.
A prize pool of $3,000 is up for grabs, with cash prizes for the best photographs in four categories and the People’s Choice Award.
The Friends of Jirdarup Bushland is a community group of volunteers based around Victoria Park. We are dedicated to the preservation of Jirdarup Bushland Precinct which includes Kensington Bushland, George St Reserve and Kent St Sandpit. We organize community events as well as planting and weeding days each year.
Our aim is to help the community connect with nature through protecting, regenerating and revegetating the Jirdarup Bushland Precinct.
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Jirdarup Bushland Precinct, with ‘Bush Forever’ site Kensington Bushland at its heart, is a rare slice of remnant banksia-jarrah woodlands tucked away in Victoria Park. A hidden natural treasure and biodiversity hot spot, Jirdarup means ‘Place of Birds’ in the Nyoongar language. It is home to 62 species of birds, as well as 14 species of reptiles and over 200 plant species. Get creative and immerse yourself in photographing the wealth of Jirdarup’s flora, fauna, and landscapes.
The Bushland entry points are from Etwell Street, George Street and Baron Hay Court. There is free parking, wide pathways, and dog walking is permitted. Disabled access is via Baron-Hay Court entrance. You can take photos from the public access areas in Jirdarup Bushland, but please don’t jump the fences.
The early birds catch the worm (or bee or dragonfly!)
Hurry, all Early Bird AUGUST entries into our photography competition will automatically go into the draw for a chance to win one of FIVE $20 Bunnings gift vouchers! (Courtesy of our Supporting Sponsor Bunnings East Victoria Park).
The clock is ticking! The names of the voucher winners will be drawn at random from the August entries and published here on Friday 4th September.
To enter, scroll down and upload your photos on this website. Good luck to all entrants!
Note: Max one gift voucher per entrant allowed.
Entry into the competition is open to everyone except for the competition judges and organisers, and their immediate families.
Entrants in the Junior photographer category must be 17 years or younger (by close of entries, 30 September 2020), and may enter photos that fit any of the three nature categories.
Photos submitted must be taken from within the public pathways and participants who fail to meet this requirement will be disqualified.
A total prize pool of $3,000 is on offer, courtesy of our valued sponsors.
The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of $500 and the runner up will receive $100 in cash or vouchers.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a Gala Awards night held on Friday the 20th of November at the Kent Street Gallery, Victoria Park Centre for the Arts.
Our expert panel of judges includes the internationally-renowned nature photographer Georgina Steytler. The judges will select the shortlisted images and choose a winner and runner-up for each of the four categories based on composition, creativity, technical quality, and overall impression (wow factor). The judges’ decisions are final.
The Rotary Club People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Victoria Park, will be chosen by the public visiting the exhibition at the Kent Street Gallery.
Note: Copyright of all entries will be retained by the photographer. The Friends of Jirdarup Bushland may negotiate on the use of winning images for promotional purposes.
The best photographs will be selected for public exhibition. Finalists will be notified in October and will be asked to supply high resolution images of the shortlisted photos for printing.
When: Friday 6th to Wednesday 25th November 2020
Where: Kent Street Gallery, Victoria Park Centre for the Arts Gallery, 12 Kent Street, East Victoria Park
Awards Night: Winners will be announced at an invitation-only Gala Awards night on Friday the 20th November and results will be published the following day.
Note: Event subject to change based on applicable government Covid-19 restrictions.
We can’t wait to see your beautiful photos of our precious Jirdarup Bushland!
All photographs featured here were taken in Jirdarup Bushland by Robert Audcent (FoJB member and one of the judges).