by Edwina Robinson, 30 August 2016
Dr Kate Auty, Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment has announced the winners of the photo competition to find Canberra's most amazing tree.
The winning image in the over 18 category is a black and white photograph of an remnant eucalypt by Ed Reading of Macgregor.
Dr Auty said "the composition is visually strong and the image demonstrates that trees still have a role to play in our environment when they are beginning to decline. This tree would be starting to produce hollows and it's bare branches provide ideal perching places for birds of prey."
'Eerie Gum', Drake Brockman Drive, Holt. Photo: Ed Reading
Other highly commended images included gum trees photographed at Goorooyaroo and Mulligans Flat Nature Reserves by Mark Jekabsons, a local nature photographer and ecologist. Paul Jurak, better known as Kayak Camera Man, captured black swans and willows at Jerrabomberra Wetlands in an elegant composition.
'Mulligans Morning'. Mulligans Flat. Photo: Mark Jekabsons
'Next Generation'. Black Swans and Willows, Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Photo: Paul Jurak
Tara McIntosh's fallen Eucalyptus at Tuggeranong Town Park and Jean Geue's image of Pryor's Snow Gum, an elderly snow gum were also highly commended.
'Tree down', Tuggeranong Town Park. Photo: Tara McIntosh
'Pryors Gum', Glenloch Interchange. Photo: Jean Geue
Budding photographer, Emily Ning, aged 7 won the under 18 category for her simple composition framing the trunk and canopy of a Cedar (Cedrus deodar) outside her house in Curtin. Her mother, Samantha Ning is a Tree Protection Officer with the ACT Government and encouraged Emily and her younger sister, Pippa to take part in the competition.
'Cedar at our new house'. Photo: Emily Ning, aged 7
Photo: Jazmyn Michie
Jazmyn Michie's photograph of a possum in a tree outside Campbell High School was highly commended as was the image of a lone tree at Butmaroo (outside of the ACT) by Bungendore photographer, Braydn Philp.
'Lone tree', Butmaroo/Bungendore. Photo: Braydn Philp.
Dr Auty thanked all those who participated in the competition for helping document and celebrate Canberra's amazing trees.