love our waterways – winners announced!

Snappers have been busy taking snaps.

Judges have been busy judging.

And the winners have most definitely won in the West Gippsland Catchment Management Water for the Environment photo competition.

“The idea was to remind people how wonderful our rivers are and perhaps encourage a few to visit places like the Thomson, the Macalister and Latrobe as well as the wetland areas that surround some of these waterways,” said CEO of the West Gippsland Catchment management Authority, Mr Martin Fuller.

“Judging by the list of winners, we’ve certainly been successful in that regard as some wonderful images have been entered and a ‘top five’ selected as winners in various categories,” added Martin.

Entrants were asked to take photographs from one of several locations to enter into the competition.

All the waterways listed are have an allocation of water under Water for the Environment program which sees managed flows form a storage released into a river or wetland. The goal being to assist the river in its environmental needs and to maintain the waterway in as good as condition as possible.

The overall winner is Will Lawrey with his wonderful picture taken at sunset at the Dowd Morass, which benefits from inflows from the Latrobe River.

“I took this photo in 2020. It was a perfectly still afternoon and the reflection of the sunset off the water was beautiful. Times like these on our wonderful wetlands make you reflect on the need to protect and rehabilitate these natural resources,” said Will, who will receive a Latrobe Valley Business Association shopping voucher for $250.

Other winners included:

  • Rachel Kent – Sale Wetlands
  • Phil Millar – Thomson River
  • Christos Ilopulos – Macalister River
  • Christin Bingham – Latrobe River

In describing her picture of a magnificent old gum tree in a flooded Sale Wetland, Rachel Kent said, “I just loved the shape of this very old tree and it’s reflection in the water. I remember being grateful that we had wetlands that could flood, like they should, that we didn’t divert the water elsewhere.”

All the individual category winners will also receive a shopping voucher to the value of $200 for their local business association.

Environmental Water Officer with the WGCMA, Dr Adrian Clements congratulated all the entrants and encouraged them to keep taking pictures and sharing the wonderful environment we live in with others.

“We were really impressed with the photos that were taken and entered in the competition. They certainly capture the diversity of our environment and the different ways that people enjoy them with images taken from kayaks, boats or simply while walking along the river or through the wetland.”

The photographs will be used in future submissions to the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and can be viewed at the WGCMA website.

Winner of the WGCMA Love our Waterways photo competition Will Lawrey and WGCMA Environmental Water Officer Dr Adrian Clements.
Winner of the WGCMA Love our Waterways photo competition Will Lawrey and WGCMA Environmental Water Officer Dr Adrian Clements.
Will Lawrey's winning photo taken at the Dowd Morass State Game Reserve.