Animals in the Wild photographic competition

THE inaugural Animals in the Wild Photographic Competition was held at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma over the long weekend.

“Animals in the Wild” was a photographic competition for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts who get out into the wild and shoot native animals with a camera, not a gun.

The photographic competition was timed to coincide with Narooma HuntFest to protest against it.

Renowned Australian photographer Rex Dupain judged the winners from more than 140 entries received from photographers around Australia.

After the show was opened by Eurobodalla councillor Gabi Harding on Saturday morning, NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge announced the winners.

Shoebridge said he was a politician who genuinely cared for animals and the environment and along with Clr Harding organised the event.

David Shoebridge awarded local photographer Tony Slattery first prize in section A for his photo titled “Kookaburra in Flight”.

“Judge Rex Dupain was impressed with the incredibly high standard of the entries received,” Shoebridge said.

“Of this picture he said, ‘The kookaburra seems larger than life with its frozen pin sharp detail, enabling us to admire the bird as an aeronautical wonder,’” he said.

Other locals to win awards for their skill with a camera skills were Nick Hopkins of Malua Bay and Christine Moss from North Narooma.

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