Friends of Deal Island

CRAIG SAUNDER’S PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

This year’s Craig Saunders Photographic Competition attracted a range of wonderful entries from across the state highlighting what people consider to be at the heart of Wildcare.  A big thank you to all who entered.  All your photos are valuable to us and as hard as it was to pick a winner we are pleased to announce that the winner of the Judge’s Choice prize goes to Erika Shankley for the photo ‘Blown Away’.

Blown Away on Tasman Island – Erika Shankley

The judges very much appreciated how this photo highlighted the essential elements of Wildcare – a connection to each other and to a beautiful place. Erika’s photo captured the joy of working together in a beautiful and rugged environment. This moment of lightness reminds us that Wildcare is too important to be taken seriously! In other words, laughter and moments of levity are an important part of the work.

The winner of the People’s Prize is Marina Campbell with the photo ‘Agapanthus Begone!’

Agapanthus Begone! – Marina Campbell

This is the photo that attracted the most likes in our facebook album and the judges thought that this was well deserved as the photo represents many elements of Wildcare – the happiness, achievement, eagerness, enthusiasm and effort of volunteers, not to mention the outfits matching the dihatsu blue!

We want to make special mention of the following:

Heading out in the early morning mist to eradicate ragwort on Deal Island – Dallas Baker

Dallas Baker’s beautiful photo was accompanied by a strong written message evoking a sense of coordination and purpose with volunteers being the beating heart of Wildcare.

The judges were moved by the words and photo in Elizabeth Shannon’s entry remembering Jenny Mace at Cape Deslacs.

The heart of Wildcare is people – remembering Jenny Mace – Elizabeth Shannon.

This was a message of what’s important in our lives, the strength of belonging and the shared meaning to be found in the act of working together.  The essence of caring was strong in this one – both for people and for place.  There are many shades to the Wildcare adventure and this entry acknowledged with gratitude the place of one person in the hearts of many.

Quarantine Station Cumbungi control – Robert Banfield

Wildcare Volunteers – ahead of the rest – Mark Dickenson

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was excellent to see Robert Banfield’s action shot of volunteers up to their armpits in the mud – one of them being the Wildcare Co-chair, Peter Williams. We loved the quirkiness and resonated with the message of Mark Dickenson’s ‘Ahead of the Rest’ demonstating that Wildcare volunteers work long hours but then enjoy some brilliant natural scenery.

Christopher Wood’s 3 photos remind us of Wildcare’s contribution to caring for the often overlooked creatures that underlie a healthy ecosystem and Freycinet’s magic shines brightly in the photos of Adrian Sullivan and Rob Featherstone.