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September 23, 2013

Do you know a picturesque place of natural beauty around Gippsland’s lakes, rivers and valleys?

Perhaps you have captured that special photo of the region’s landscape or wildlife?

Or would you like to discover and share a new angle on our natural environment?

The Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee (GLMAC) and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester have launched a photo competition to capture the natural beauty of Gippsland’s lakes, rivers and catchments.

Gippsland’s residents and visitors are being invited to share their photos featuring the natural landscapes of our waterways and river catchments for a 2014 calendar.

The photos will be displayed on the Gippsland Lakes website and Mr Chester’s calendar will feature the 12 best entries and be distributed across the region.

Accommodation packages, iPad minis and gift vouchers are on offer for entrants of all ages.

In launching the competition, Mr Chester urged Gippslanders to go out and explore the natural beauty of our region and send in a photo.

“When you take a break in Gippsland, you’re not only experiencing our beautiful region you are also helping to create jobs for local people,” Mr Chester said.

GLMAC Executive Officer Martin Richardson said the competition will help promote appreciation of local lakes and waterways.

“The Gippsland Lakes, and the rivers and waterways throughout the region’s catchments are a treasure trove of natural beauty. It’s great that the community can enjoy and share what the natural environment has to offer,” Mr Richardson said.

The competition is open to budding Gippsland photographers of all ages, with prizes for primary and secondary school students as well as an open category.

Prizes include accommodation packages at Captain’s Cove Resort in Paynesville, McMillans of Metung or Bridges on Argyle in Traralgon, along with the chance to win iPad minis and iTunes vouchers.

To enter, go to www.loveourlakesphotocomp.com.au or for further information e-mail info@gippslandlakes.net.au

Entries close on October 31, 2013.

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