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A photograph of the sun rising through a dew-covered spider web is the winner of this year’s #lovegippsland calendar photo competition.

The winning picture, taken by Terry Russell of Orbost, was selected from more than 300 entries.

Bruthen’s Geoff Stanton won second place with his picture taken at Brookville, East Gippsland, while Wen Bezzina from Traralgon was third with her photograph of snow-tipped winter tree branches.

The winners will receive accommodation prizes donated by Frog Gully Cottages Longford, Bridges on Argyle Traralgon and Beachcomber Caravan Park Mallacoota.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the quality of entries continued to impress him year after year and the judges again had a difficult task selecting the top 13 photos for inclusion in the 2019 #lovegippsland Calendar of Gippsland.

“There is no doubt we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world,” Mr Chester said.

Mr Chester said the calendar was one way to showcase the beauty of the region and promote locations that could be destinations for tourists and day-trippers.

“I want to encourage more people to choose to take holidays and short breaks in Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.

“By holidaying locally and exploring our region, you are helping to create local jobs.”

Free copies of Mr Chester’s calendar will be distributed across the electorate, and will be sent directly to small businesses across the region.

They will also be available at the end of this month to collect from Mr Chester’s electorate offices in Sale and Traralgon, as well as at locations including supermarkets, general stores, service stations, cafes, clubs and bakeries in towns across the electorate.

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