Nature to be celebrated on the Sunshine Coast

March 21, 2015 by  

Amateur photographers from Maroochydore have the chance to see their images in a new exhibition.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the council has created a new award for photography.

The competition is being funded by the Council’s Environment Levy and focuses on landscapes and wildlife in a bid to raise awareness of the Sunshine Coast’s environment and encourage people to enjoy and respect their natural surroundings.

Images can include native plants, insects, landscapes, or interaction between people and their environment.

Printing services will be used to create an exhibition of works by up to 40 finalists, which will be displayed at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens Arts and Ecology Centre in October. Chosen images may also be used by the council both in print and online to promote the event.

Finalists will be shortlisted by a panel and the winner chosen by an impartial judge. The top prize is $8,000 while another highly commended entry will receive $1,500.

The competition is open to anyone across Australia, but the photographs must be taken on the Sunshine Coast. Entry is free for locals, while those living outside the area will need to pay a fee.

Entries must be submitted by Monday, May 4 and the finalists will be announced later that month. For more details and entry forms, visit the Council’s gallery website.