It’s that time of year again and we are happy to invite you to send us your best images of the wild nature that you have been exploring in our region. Competition open from August 12th to September 23rd

Open to all Members. Everyone who Registers on our new NatureMapr recording platform is a Member. This competition is to celebrate the wonderful biodiversity in our region. Your entries create a gallery of great images for us all to enjoy. You are all taking wonderful pictures to add to your sightings on the Atlas, so this is your chance to share the best of them!

This year we are partnering with Merimbula EyeQ and the Lonely Arts Club Pambula to offer you new categories, prizes and an exhibition of Winners. Two categories for school students and a new category for Smartphone images, a Habitat/Landscape category and one for the best images on NatureMapr – so everyone who records sightings can choose their best picks to share.

Overall first prize is two nights in a luxurious Tanja Lagoon Camp safari tent, other prizes are a $150 voucher for Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant , kindly donated by Jacqui Smith, and a further Voucher for $100 so it’s well worth you entering.

Winners will be announced on October 14th at a celebration evening exhibition launch at Merimbula EyeQ  with all the winning images displayed, after which time they will be exhibited at libraries around the Shire.

Here is the winning entry for 2016

Bar-tailed Godwit juggling a crab Leo Berzins







Entry Form

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Wonderful images have won our competition in previous years. Have a look at these recently announced Australian  Geographic winners and see Georgia Poyner’s dolphin which was a winner in our competition in 2016. A very beautiful image – congratulations Georgia!

Dolphin by Georgia Poyner 2016



We will put the photos into our competition gallery so you can see all the entries in each category together.

This year we are adding new categories for young photographers, habitats, smartphones and your best shots from NatureMapr, so go ahead and send us your favourites.

1. Underwater,
2. Marine and intertidal species,
3. Terrestrial vertebrates (excludes birds),
4. Invertebrates,
5. Birds,
6. Flora and Fungi
7. Nightlife
8. primary school students
9. high school students
10. Atlanats at work (Atlas Naturalists)
11. Habitats
12. Smartphone

13. best NatureMapr image

14 Film (up to 3 min)

How to enter

Choose your favourite photo – decide in which category it will be entered and enter it through the website page above
Give it a title, its category number and tell us about the subject and how the photo was taken in 50 words
Maximum file size 2MB
submit your files for judging as a JPEG of 1200 pixels along the longest side
You may send several entries

How will the photos be judged?

Judging will be by a panel based on:

high technical standards such as sharpness and correct exposure

Conditions of entry

Maximum 5 entries per category

If you send more than 5 entries per category the later ones will not be considered

Supplied online, maximum file size 2MB
Supplied with title and up to 50 word description
Must be taken by person whose name is on the entry form
Competition open to everyone who has Registered to log sightings on the Atlas of Life website

Images must be taken in the Atlas of Life region
Entries must be received by September 23rd 2017
Photographs that have been digitally manipulated will not be accepted – no filters(colour enhancements, black and white, vignette, saturation etc) . You are welcome to crop, apply a focal point and make minor alterations to contrast or brightness but these are are the only exceptions to this rule
Winners will be announced on November 10th, and all the winning images will be displayed at the celebration and Winners exhibition at Merimbula EyeQ
There will be one winner for each category and one overall winner. Prizes to be announced shortly
Winners, Highly Commended and Finalists will be notified by email
The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness may use images for Atlas publications and for promotional purposes. Copyright and intellectual property of the images remains the property of the photographer

(Creative Commons)


How will the films be judged?

Judging will be by a panel based on:

high technical standards such as sharpness and correct exposure
Conditions of entry;

Film maximum length three minutes.
Must be a film of the natural world (eg. animal behavior, or marine life)
Category 1. Land or sky
Category 2. Marine
Submitted on a thumb drive or SD card
Local footage only (Coastal Wilderness) See under “Our Atlas”, but roughly from Montagu Island to Gabo Island and inland to the Great Dividing Range
You warrant that you own the rights to your film and allow the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness to share your film in full or in part for non-commercial purposes royalty free
You retain copyright to the content of your film and can share or sell the content of your film as you wish
Please send a copy of your film to: Libby Hepburn, 19 The Point, Tura Beach, NSW 2548 Including the following information: Your Name, Phone Number, Email, Film Title and summary of the film (up to 50 words) and your signature. Please also email us to let us know you have sent an entry.

Good Luck everyone and we can’t wait to see what wonderful things you have been finding in the Coastal Wilderness this year!