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Get snapping: Australian Year of the Farmer photo competition

January 9, 2012

Fence and gate landscapeFairfax Media and Elders have launched the official Australian Year of the Farmer photo competition, with a grand prize of $10,000 worth of camera equipment awarded for the winning photo.

The competition opened on 1 January 2012, and will run for nine months until 30 September 2012, so there’s plenty of time to get your entries in.

Monthly winners in each state and territory in six distinct categories will be selected by a panel of photo journalists. An overall monthly winner will get a voucher for $500 worth of camera equipment. There’s also up to 48 $50 vouchers supplied by Cellarmaster Wines, WISH and others every month – a total of 432 prizes over the 9 months!

The categories are:

  • Farming people at work and play
  • Farm animals
  • The things we grow and process
  • Farming landscapes
  • Fun and funky in the country
  • Country and city links.

Fairfax judge Vernon Graham hoped the competition would inspire farmers around the nation to pick up their cameras and capture the magic they encountered in their daily lives whether it be at work or at play.

“I know from previous experience that many farmers are talented photographers and they certainly have plenty of rich subject matter to capture on camera for everybody else to see and enjoy.”

Overall winners will be exhibited at the Australian Year of the Farmer Expo at the end of 2012.

Photographers can upload their photos (once each day) via the competition website. You can also view the growing photo gallery and give them your own rating.

Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia are Proud Supporters of the Australian Year of the Farmer.

Photo: iStock