WetlandCare Australia is running their 5th annual National Art and Photography Competition to celebrate World Wetlands Day. The aim of the competition is to engage and build the capacity of local communities to protect, promote and restore our precious wetlands. This year sees the introduction of Open and Youth categories for Indigenous artists to complement the established categories in Art and Photography that are open to all Australian residents. The competition will follow the same theme as World Wetlands Day 2012 of Wetlands, Tourism and Recreation which, as Liz Hajenko from Wetland Care says:

“covers the many different ways we all engage with wetlands and waterways: everything from fishing, sharing time in nature with family and friends, bird watching, through to the benefits and challenges of tourism.”

Competition entry forms and further information can be obtained from WetlandCare Australia’s website. The closing date for competition entries is December 2, 2011.  I attended the awards event this year and was impressed by the quality and beauty of the images, this photo is one I took at Millstream National Park in Western Australia, an absolutely gorgeous wetland right in the middle of harsh, arid country.  I look forward to seeing your photos!