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Local MP Darren Chester is urging keen photographers to get out and about in Gippsland to capture a great photo for inclusion in his 2021 #lovegippsland calendar.

Mr Chester said the relaxation of coronavirus travel restrictions meant there was no reason why locals couldn’t now get outside with their camera to capture the beauty of Gippsland.

“Spring is a wonderful time in our region: the weather is warming up and the natural world is waking up after a long, cold winter,” Mr Chester said.

“This is the perfect time to get out with your camera and have a look at our beautiful part of Australia in a new light. It’s a great opportunity to explore this year’s photo competition theme, The Colours of Gippsland.”

There are just a few weeks left before the competition closes on October 15. Entries are limited to two per person and must be taken in landscape orientation to suit the calendar’s format.  Thirteen photos will be included in the calendar. The top three will receive prizes comprising some of Gippsland’s best produce.

Mr Chester said plenty of keen photographers had already submitted their entry.

“The standard of the entries impresses me every year and 2020 will be no different,” Mr Chester said. “I hope the competition gives locals another reason to explore Gippsland and support our local businesses along the way, whether that is spending a few nights away or stopping for a break in one of our many inviting towns.”

More than 20,000 free copies of Mr Chester’s #lovegippsland calendar will be available across Gippsland at the end of this year.

Photographers are also encouraged to upload their photos to social media using the hashtag #lovegippsland.

To enter the #lovegippsland calendar competition, photos must be a minimum size of 4MB to a maximum of 10MB. Entries close at 5pm on Thursday October 15. If photos are selected for inclusion in the calendar, they must be available in a resolution of greater than 4MB at 300dpi. Photos should be landscape orientation as per the calendar’s shape. Entrants need to provide their name, hometown and contact details, plus a caption for their photo.  Two entries per person. Visit www.darrenchester.com.au for details and to enter.

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