The annual national PestSmart Feral Photo and Video Competition, run by PestSmart Connect, is back for its seventh year, with new categories to enter, including weed infestations.
South Australia’s rural and regional budding photographers and videographers, who have captured examples of pests both animals and plant – are encouraged to check out the competition.
The competition is organised through the national Centre for Invasive Species Solutions and was created to draw attention to the impact of feral animals on the Australian landscape.
Having first begun in 2011, the annual competition has received more than 3000 images.
Centre for Invasive Species Solutions CEO Andreas Glanznig said our photo and video competition put feral animals under the spotlight.
“But why stop at animals? This year, we want to see photos and videos of weed infestations, like the European blackberry, bridle creeper and prickly pear to name a few,” Mr Glanznig said.
"We want to promote the whole invasive species problem, and management at a landscape level, not just one animal or one weed at a time.”
Previous winning images have included feral goats in full fight, a carp egg up close, a feral cat prowling a native Malleefowl mound and an urban fox with a fast food wrapper in its mouth.
"The competition really highlights all aspects of the feral story, from rural to urban areas, encompassing land and water," he said.
"We also had some amazing video footage sent in last year, which included the winning footage of a wallowing sambar deer in the Victorian Alpine National Park.
"This video received more than 2700 views on YouTube and extensive media coverage highlighting the issue.”
This year the competition is offering five prizes each worth $300, for the winners' of the following special categories, which include:
- Best invasive animal image which showcases impact.
- Best weed image which showcases impact.
- Best image showcasing community collaboration in pest animal management.
- The people's choice - favourite image.
- Best video footage showcasing invasive animal or weed impacts.
To find out more about the competition go to pestsmart.org.au/feral-photos.
The competition closes at 12pm AEDST Friday, 27 October, 2017.
This Agritalk column is compiled by Philippa Clark.