Search is on for the best feral photo

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1st Prize Feral Photos 2013 – Felicity Hatton (credit) – Fox after feasting on a kangaroo eyes off a Wedge-tailed Eagle

 

Across the nation the search is on for the best images of pest animals in action for Feral Photos, an annual photographic competition run by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC).

“We want to raise awareness about the damage pest animals cause and photography is a powerful tool to get the message across. Through these images we can show the environmental, agricultural and social damage that pest animals cause across the country,” said Jessica Marsh, the IACRC’s National NRM Facilitator, who is hosted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

“Pest animals add extra challenges to the lives of people on the land. Managing pest animals to protect livestock from wild dogs and safeguard valuable crops from destruction by feral pigs and rabbits comes at a financial and emotional cost.”

“Our native species too are being displaced and face constant pressure from pests,” she said.

Jessica hopes that the photo competition encourages people to get out there and see what is happening in their environment and to get creative about how they can capture photographic evidence of pest animals and the damage they cause.

“At the Invasive Animals CRC we research and provide solutions to manage and control pest animals. Images are in demand for publications and promotions in the industry, so there is the opportunity for your photo to be seen far and wide,” she said.

There is a limit of five photo entries per person and a range of great prizes will be on offer. The competition closes on 30 September 2014.

Entries into the competition can be submitted online via the IACRC website at http://www.invasiveanimals.com/feral-photos.

For more details about Feral Photos contact Jessica Marsh, National NRM Facilitator on 0400 586 060 or jessica.marsh@invasiveanimals.com .

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