Amateur photographers across Gippsland are being encouraged to help promote the region by submitting photographs of their favourite places to visit for the annual #lovegippsland calendar.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today launched this year’s calendar competition, with a theme “Take A Break in Gippsland”.
Entrants are invited to submit photos of locations that could be destinations for tourists and day-trippers.
The 13 best entries will be included in Mr Chester’s annual calendar, with more than 20,000 copies to be distributed free of charge across the electorate.
There will be two major accommodation prizes for the open and junior categories, donated by Beachcomber Caravan Park in Mallacoota and Bridges on Argyle in Traralgon.
Mr Chester said the amateur photo competition was in its sixth year and last year attracted more than 200 entries.
Some of this year’s winners also featured in a double-page spread in the Herald Sun newspaper promoting Gippsland.
“The calendar continues to grow in popularity, showcasing all the things we love about our region,” Mr Chester said.
“This year’s theme builds on my long-standing work “Putting Locals First”, encouraging people to shop and holiday locally and support local business.
“We are seeking a wide variety of photos highlighting the many different destinations and adventures available right here in Gippsland.
“Our region is blessed with many natural and man-made attractions and there are ample sources of inspiration for entrants.”
Mr Chester urged Gippslanders to use the pending September school holiday break to explore Gippsland and send in a photo.
Entrants are also encouraged to upload their photos on to social media using the hashtag #lovegippsland.
To enter, go to https://darrenchester.com.au/ and upload your photo with a minimum resolution of 2MB. Entrants will be required to provide their name, address and contact details together with a photo caption. Entries close at Wednesday October 18 at 5pm and are limited to two entries per person.