Water

Forest photography

By Country News

With spring in the air and school holidays here, it’s a great time of year to get out and explore Gunbower Forest.

North Central Catchment Management Authority is giving visitors another reason to discover the unique history and floodplain plants and animals found in the forest, by holding a Gunbower Forest photo competition.

‘‘Spring is the time of the year the forest looks its best and there’s a lot to see at the moment,’’ North Central CMA project officer Sophia Piscitelli said.

‘‘More than 95 per cent of locals recently surveyed told us they value Gunbower Forest for its recreation and as an attractive place to visit, and we certainly agree with them,’’ she said.

‘‘On top of that, tourism is worth about $26million a year to Gannawarra Shire communities, with the forest and wetlands key attractions.’’

The Flooding for Life Gunbower Forest Photo Competition is open to people of all ages and abilities, with three awards: Best Landscape, Best Close-up and Best Junior Photographer (aged 16 and under).

‘‘As one of the most popular camping, bushwalking and birdwatching spots in the region, Gunbower Forest is a special place,’’ Ms Piscitelli said.

‘‘It’s home to many endangered plants and animals, such as the giant banjo frog and intermediate egret, and is an important seed bank for other wetlands downstream.

‘‘It also contains significant sites of Aboriginal and European cultural heritage, so there’s a lot to photograph.’’

■To enter the competition, send your high-resolution photos as JPEG or PNG files with Gunbower Forest Photo Competition in the subject line to: info@nccma.vic.gov.au

Include your name, the date you took it and where you took it, as well as your age. Entries close 5pm Friday, October 14.