A powerful photograph showing the ravages of last December’s bushfire in Broken Head Nature reserve is one of many striking images submitted to the 2014 Saved Nature Photography Competition.
Byron Bay photographer Craig Parry who entered the photograph, titled Life and Death, said it ‘represents a significant moment in time, illustrating the power of nature and its ability to create life and destroy it.’
With a range of cash prizes with a total value of $24,000, Saved gives both professional and amateur photographers alike the chance to be exhibited at a major international conservation event.
Winning entries will be exhibited at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in November, a once-in-a-decade global event which will influence the future management of parks and reserves across the world.
But time is running out to enter the competition: entries close on October 15.
Saved curator, commercial photographer Murray Vanderveer, said there was nothing more rewarding for a photographer than to capture an image that connected with people and motivated change.
‘Australia has a deep connection between people and nature, from the rich traditions of Aboriginal Australians to the popularity of our national parks and the coastal lifestyle enjoyed by so many of us today,’ Mr Vanderveer said.
‘Photography and other types of engagement in national parks and protected areas, provides the kind of engagement that helps to keep these areas protected.
‘By sharing your images and stories about your experiences you help to encourage others to explore these inspiring natural wonders that are so close and available to all Australians.’
To find out more, or to enter the competition, visit the Saved website.