Farming community focus photo competition
THE Focus on Farms Photo Competition is a great way for everyone in the Toowoomba region to recognise the contribution of farmers and our rural communities, and their incredible resilience.
"We would love to encourage seniors to enter this year, because it's something that will really resonate with older members of the community, and there are so many categories to choose from," competition co-ordinator Jean Gundry said.
Now in its fourth year, and run by Gomaren and Doctors Creek Catchment Landcare Group, the event was originated by then- president Nicki Laws, who died from cancer last year.
"She was an amazing lady, very passionate and active in Landcare and the community and a great advocate for science in agriculture," Jean said.
"The photos are certainly important, but we are all in the middle of this dreadful drought and what this competition is really about is connecting our communities and bringing people together."
The Nicki Laws Perpetual Trophy will be presented for the first time this year by husband Glen in a category themed Because We Care, especially for Landcare and environmental groups.
Jean said the new category was a fitting tribute on Landcare's 30th anniversary to the vision of the grassroots organisation and the way it had changed and shaped attitudes to sustainable farming, land and water conservation, biodiversity and environmental protection.
But you don't have to be a farmer or a Landcare member to enter the general competition, just be a resident of Toowoomba Regional Council with a spare dollar in your pocket.
That's all it costs to enter each single 5x7 inch photo.
And, as Jean said, there are a host of categories to interpret any way you see fit.
These include: Hats Off to Farmers, Rural Landscape, Favourite Paddock Tree, Working on the Farm, Innovation and Collaboration, Wildlife on the Darling Downs, Best Farm Buddies (animal, human or both), Community Event and On Our Selection (farming heritage).
With the increased focus on freshness and provenance of our food, Jean said the Worth All The Effort category should also find wide appeal with those in the hospitality industry, producers, keen cooks and farmers market-goers.
For the first time there is also a school's section and a separate under-18s section, which Jean explained, contrary to what you might think, aims to give the adults a better chance because "last year the under-18s scooped the pool!"
"We need our Seniors to step up and show them we know how it's done," she said.
You can enter up to three photos per category taken within the past 18 months.
Photo entries can be dropped at the mobile or any regional library, and at Westridge Photos, Toowoomba.
For more details, visit Gomaren and Doctors Creek Catchment Facebook page, or phone Jean on 0475 311525.