Hop to it and snap a feral for new competition!

Hop to it and snap a feral for new competition!

The popular Feral Photos and Video competition is back and being reignited in a major way with close to $5000 worth of prizes on offer, thanks to our competition collaborators Animal Trap Solutions, CSIRO Publishing and Outdoor Cameras Australia.

The competition, coordinated by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, is free to enter at feralphotos.invasives.com.au and is calling for anyone with an interest in invasive species to submit photo or video footage that showcases these ‘ferals in action’ and the damage they cause.

Dr Ian McDonald, Communications Manager with the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions said entries are open now and the competition aims to put invasive species under the spotlight.

“Invasive species such as pest animals, weeds and exotic insects are environmental vandals and cause billions of dollars in lost productivity each year to our agricultural industries.

“Since a picture (or video footage) paints a thousand words – this competition is a way to highlight the impact of invasive species in different Australian landscapes, and the damage they bring with it.

“The competition has had a short hiatus after last being undertaken in 2017, and since then we’ve had a number of requests to bring it back.

In 2016, Mary-Anne Addington won the competition with this compelling image of a fox attacking a native egret in a wetlands area of NSW. The photo received so much attention at the time it helped support the wetland managers to receive more funding to fully fence the area to keep the foxes out. Do you have a compelling image like this you can enter?

“We’ve not only brought it back but we’ve added some great new interactive features to really get our audience engaged, including live voting and commenting and social media sharing of all entries.

“You can enter the competition as many times as you like, and the live voting means that the winners will be completely decided by you,” Dr McDonald said.

Once your entry is approved, it will be placed in the interactive gallery on the competition website where you can share it with your friends, family and work colleagues and ask them to vote and comment.

“It’s pretty simple, the entries with the most votes will win, so share your entry far and wide and ask everyone to vote,” Dr McDonald said.

There are five amazing prizes on offer to the top five voted entries, these prizes are worth a retail value of nearly $5000 and include state of the art trail cameras, brand new animal trap devices and ecology themed books thanks to our competition sponsors and Aussie owned and operated businesses Outdoor Cameras Australia, Animal Trap Solutions and CSIRO publishing.

Entries close at 12pm AEST Friday April 30th 2021 with voting open for another 2 weeks after this date. However you can vote for entries at any time, with one vote per person, per entry allowed.

The competition winners will be officially announced and showcased at the 18th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference which begins on May 25th (2021).

So get snapping and enter at feralphotos.invasives.com.au today!

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Featured Image: This image was entered to our 2015 competition by Anne Young, who took this great shot of a rabbit in mid flight on farm in regional Victoria. So hop to it and enter a photo or video just like this to our 2021 competition at https://feralphotos.invasives.com.au