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3 August, 2022

Submit your photos to the Goombungee Landcare Comp

The Gomaren and Doctors Creek Catchment Landcare Group, based in Goombungee, has announced its 6th annual “Focus on Farms” photographic competition.

After a year’s break, the competition is back, bigger and better than ever. 

Competition Coordinator Jean Gundry said the aim of the competition is to showcase the stories of our farming communities on the Darling Downs.

“Every one of us has a reason to celebrate the fact that we live in one of the most productive agricultural regions on the planet,” she said.

“Even those of us who don’t live on farms have a connection to our agricultural region as consumers. 

“This is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on our region, our farms and farming communities, our lifestyle and how we are caring for our environment.”

The Open and Under 18 categories are open to everyone including visitors to the region. 

The only requirement for entries is that the photos must be taken on the Darling Downs. 

There are several new categories including “Plant a Seed Grow a Feed”, where the group is hoping to see the amazing work being done by our farmers as well as the end result presented on the plate.

Mrs Gundry notes that the category for Drone images, which portray rural landscapes and farm activities, is becoming increasingly popular and she encourages everyone to enter.

This year the ‘Wildlife on the Downs’ category aims to shine the spotlight on beneficial insects including native bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, lacebugs and dung beetles.

Another new category is ‘Landcare is For Everyone’. 

“We want people to think about how each and every one plays a role in caring for the environment,” Mrs Gundry said. 

“We are hoping to see lots of creative interpretations of this topic.

Mrs Gundry said she encourages entrants to submit diverse photos featuring at least one of estimated 200,000 insects in Australia. 

“We receive a lot of photos of European honey bees, which are lovely, but there are about 2,000 native bee species in Australia we would love to see represented as well.

“If you stand in front of a flower for ten minutes, you’d be surprised by the number of insects you’ll see land on them.” 

The Nicki Laws Landcare Project category theme is ‘Enhancing Habitats on our Patch’. 

“This is open to groups and individual group members including Landcare groups, other volunteer environmental groups such as those working in Council parklands, Men’s Shed members involved in activities such as building nest boxes, youth groups, school environmental groups, gardening groups including those working together in community gardens, and those supporting suburban backyard gardeners,” Mrs Gundry said.

The Primary School category is open to schools in the Southern Downs, Western Downs and Goondiwindi regions as well as the Toowoomba Region. 

“The theme is ‘Insect Investigations’ and it encourages children to explore the relationship between insects and flowering plants.  

“Entry is free and there are some great prizes thanks to our generous sponsors.”

All entries close on 4th October 2022. 

For further details and to enter, visit

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