Friends of Jirdarup Bushland


What a fantastic response! Almost 800 photographs were submitted to the inaugural ‘Images of Jirdarup 2020’ photography competition.

Our expert judges, including the amazing @georgina_steytler, have selected the 60 best photos (15 in each category). ๐Ÿพ Prize winners will be announced on 20th November.

The exhibition will run for 3 weeks from 6th-25th November at @kentstreetgallery. Opening times are 10am – 2pm on Monday, and 10am – 4pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Come alongย  to vote for the Rotary Victoria Park Peopleโ€™s Choice Award!

The wait is almost over! Good luck to the entrants and see you at the exhibition where you can marvel at the truly wonderful images of Jirdarup.

Thanks go to our Exhibition Sponsors @perthprolab, @ilfordimaging, @kentstreetgallery and @townofvicpark.

โ€˜Images of Jirdarup 2020โ€™ Photography Competition

Entries have now closed for the โ€˜Images of Jirdarup 2020โ€™ photography competition. Thank you to all the keen photographers who visited Jirdarup Bushland and submitted photos. We were overwhelmed and thrilled with the positive response!

The judges have now selected the 60 best photos to be exhibited at the Kent Street Gallery in Victoria Park (12 Kent St) from 6th-25th November.ย 

A prize pool of $3,000 is up for grabs, with cash prizes for the best photographs in four categories and the Peopleโ€™s Choice Award. The winners will be announced at an Awards Night on Friday 20th November. Best of luck to all finalists!

The Friends of Jirdarup Bushland

The Friends of Jirdarup Bushland is a community group 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.

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to get the latest news and get involved in our activities!

The Bushland

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 โ€˜Place of Birdsโ€™ 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 donโ€™t jump the fences.

Rules & Details

Entry Details

  • Entries are open until 11:00 PM on the 30th of September 2020.
  • The entry fee of $10 allows you to upload up to three photos taken in Jirdarup Bushland.
  • Each of these photos may be entered into  any category. 
  • If you would like to submit more photos, you may repeat this process as many times as you like.
  • Photos must be digital and submitted online in jpeg format (.jpg or .jpeg). Files must not exceed 12mb and digital composites will not be accepted.
  • To upload your photos, scroll down to the red section and click on the “ENTER NOW” button.


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.

Competition Categories

Waldecks Flora award - For example, wildflowers, shrubs and trees.
Victoria Park Vet Clinic Fauna award - For example, birds, reptiles, mammals and insects.
Perth NRM Landscape/habitat award - For example, photos where the focus is on the natural environment. These photos may include people.
Beaver Tree Services Junior photographers award โ€“ Entrants must be 17 years or younger (at 30 September 2020), and may enter photos that fit any of the three nature categories.
The Rotary Club of Victoria Park Peopleโ€™s Choice Award will be chosen by visitors to the public exhibition in November.


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.

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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,ย andย overall impression (wow factor). The judgesโ€™ decisions are final.

The Rotary Club Peopleโ€™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.

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All photographs featured here were taken in Jirdarup Bushland by Robert Audcent (FoJB member and one of the judges).


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The finalists have been chosen! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿฅ‡
The 60 photos by the finalists are now getting printed by our wonderful sponsor @perthprolab! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ‘Œ
Soon you can check out the wonderful photos! ๐ŸŽ‰ The exhibition is open from 6th -25th November in the @kentstreetgallery-Victoria Park Centre for the Arts.

๐Ÿ‘‰ See the poster for more details.

Spread the word! ๐Ÿ“ฃ Letโ€™s get lots of folks enjoying the many beautiful "Images of Jirdarup'! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ–ผโค๏ธ

Weโ€™re ever so grateful ๐Ÿ™ for all our hard working judges ๐Ÿ’ช - theyโ€™ve been busy selecting the 60 finalists from the nearly 800 photos that were submitted to our competition. ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ

@georgina_steytler is one of our wonderful judges! Have you checked out her Facebook page or her website ( Theyโ€™re both fantastic! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ‘Georgina has lots of amazing photos (of course), photography tips (for beginners and novices) and more! Lots of photos are full of joie de vivre. Youโ€™ll see what I mean when you follow the links hereโ€ฆ you'll come away smiling at the moments she's captured.

Thank you so much Georgina for supporting Jirdarup - we appreciate it SO much! ๐Ÿ’š

By the way, the โ€˜Images of Jirdarup 2020โ€™ exhibition is running from 6th-25th November at @kentstreetgallery-Victoria Park Centre for the Arts. Hope to see you all there! ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ’•

Watch our website ๐Ÿ‘‰ for more information! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿคฉ

Photo credit: Richard Kern

What a fantastic response! ๐Ÿคฉ Almost 800 photographs were submitted to our 'Images of Jirdarup 2020' photography competition which closed earlier this month. ๐Ÿ‘ The Flora category attracted the most entries and the Junior Photographer category was popular too. ๐Ÿ“ธ

The wait is almost over! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Our expert panel of judges, including renowned nature photographer @georgina_steytler, have spent many days sifting through the beautiful array of images to select the 60 best photos (15 in each category). Finalists will be advised this week. ๐Ÿพ Prize winners will be announced on 20th November.

The โ€˜Images of Jirdarup 2020โ€™ exhibition will run for 3 weeks from 6th-25th November at @kentstreetgallery - Victoria Park Centre for the Arts. ๐Ÿ–ผ Put it in your diary and come along to vote for the Victoria Park Rotary Peopleโ€™s Choice Award! (Voting slips available at the Gallery between 6th-19th Nov.). ๐Ÿ“ฎ

Good luck to all our Friends who have entered the competition! โœŠ๐Ÿ€We look forward to seeing you all at the exhibition where you can marvel at the truly wonderful images of Jirdarup. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“ธ

A big thank you to our valued sponsors who have made the $$$ prizes all possible! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ†
@VictoriaParkRotary @waldecksbentley
@PerthNRM @beavertreeservices
@hawaiiansparkcentre @vicparkcc @ConnectVictoriaParkInc
@birdlifewa @birdlifeoz

Thanks to our wonderful exhibition sponsors for your fabulous support: ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ–ผ
@perthprolab @ilfordimaging @kentstreetgallery - Victoria Park Centre for the Arts @townofvicpark

Thanks also to our financial and supporting sponsors - we couldnโ€™t do this without you! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ต
@biologicenv @doustkate @bunnings East Victoria Park @georgina_steytler @benwyatt74 @timclifford_ @GalacticCooperative @ryanchorley4southperth @versepropertyeastvicpark @flowersandflourperth @cameraelectronic @redeclectic @wanaturalistsclub @WhiteFrameGinga @matt.blunt @kelsteelprojects

Thanks to James Audcent ( for our great website to make it all happen. ๐Ÿ‘

This picture (from our FB archives) is of the lovely Hibbertia hypericoides. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

๐Ÿ‘‰ Keeled Legless Lizard

Reptile pit trapping has been underway the past week or so and also about this time last year. Ryan (Biologic Environmental Survey Pty Ltd) and Calum (UWA PhD student) have been running the Surveys ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿค“ and our Robert has been a very regular helper. Some other Friends also got the chance to see the survey work/reptiles close up! ๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿ

Despite presuming that they would be locally extinct with the extent of disturbance in the bushland and the presence of feral predators such as cats and foxes, we managed to find a Keeled Legless Lizard (Pletholax gracilis) in this morning's pitfall trapping survey. This particular species is very uncommon on the Swan Coastal Plain and has not been recorded in Jirdarup since the 1990-91 reptile surveys undertaken by a local resident.

With the warmer weather over the last couple of days, we are seeing a corresponding increase in reptile activity as indicated by the greater number of individuals and species that we are capturing each day. So far this week of survey work, we have recorded 6 different species of reptile:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Cryptoblepharus buchananii Buchanan's Snake-eyed Skink
๐Ÿ‘‰ Menetia greyii Common Dwarf Skink
๐Ÿ‘‰ Hemiergis quadrilineatum Two-toed Earless Skink
๐Ÿ‘‰ Pogona minor minor Dwarf Bearded Dragon
๐Ÿ‘‰ Tiliqua rugosa rugosa Bobtail
๐Ÿ‘‰ Pletholax gracilis Keeled Legless Lizard

Almost every day this week, we have seen a Brown Goshawk and a variety of bird species, including a new one for the bushland, the Sacred Kingfisher.

The Brown Goshawks seem to be nesting high up a tree in Harold Rossiter Reserve - just goes to show you how significant these tall trees are for all birds, not just the lovely Black Cockatoos.

The two species of reptile that have not been recorded in the bushland for the last 30 years are the two gecko species - the White-spotted Ground Gecko (Lucasium alboguttatum) and the Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus). When it comes to predation from cats and foxes, geckoes are unfortunately the first to disappear from an area from being preyed upon as they are easy to catch for predators and have few defence mechanisms.

Photo: Robert, October 2020

Did you know @VictoriaParkRotary are sponsors of the "People's Choice Award" in our photo exhibitition to be held in November? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™

Did you also know that your family could be in for a treat at this Sundayโ€™s Rotary Vic Park Markets. Apart from the normal keen prices to be found at a busy market, a little bird told us LEGO is making a big surprise appearance! ๐Ÿ˜

AND, your kids can boost their pocket money BIG TIME by bringing their eligible drink containers for instant 10c refunds!! Thereโ€™s no limit!! ๐Ÿคฉ

Venue: John MacMillan Park (8am โ€“ noon). Free parking, free entry!!

Support local businesses by coming along this Sunday - that's if you're not helping with our weeding event, of course! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Photo: Vic Park Community Markets

Even the weeds are beautiful in Jirdarup! ๐ŸŒบ


Our next weeding session is happening this SUNDAY 11 October
9-11 am - come for an hour or two - it all helps! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’ช
Meet at the Etwell St entrance to Kensington Bushland and BYO gloves and hat.
RSVPs to Klaus ( to help us organise this event.
Thanks! ๐Ÿ™

The photo is of a Bushland weed that we are winning the war on: gladioli

Getting rid of these weeds has made room for more of our wonderful WA plants to grow. ๐Ÿ‘Œ It's all about looking after our world-recognised flora in all its diversity! ๐ŸŒฑ

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