National Volunteer Week 2016 Photo Competition! (*now closed)

photo comp flyer_extendedIn celebration of this year’s National Volunteer Week, NRM South, in collaboration with City of Hobart Bushcare, is launching an exciting new photo competition with the theme of ‘Caring For Our Environment’.

Before submitting your entry, please make sure you refer to the application process, available to download here.

Volunteers make a huge difference in helping to protect and enhance our natural environment and we all benefit from the often unacknowledged and tireless work that they do. This photo competition is all about celebrating the different ways that we care for our environment; it might be a great snap from a local working bee to remove weeds, showcasing management practices that are looking after the land, a picture of native wildlife taking advantage of a refuge that is maintained by volunteers, or finding the magic in a native garden planted in your community.

The theme is open to interpretation, and we encourage creativity! You don’t need to be a formal volunteer yourself, but we do need a little story (100 words or less) that explains why the image you’ve submitted represents ‘Caring For Our Environment’.

It’s free to enter, you can enter as many times as you like, and there will be some great prizes up for grabs! Send in your images, story and personal details (including which category you’re entering) to

If you’re a finalist your photo will be printed and displayed at the Sustainability Learning Centre during Volunteer Week celebrations on Wednesday the 11th of May, so your photos will need to be print-quality resolution (a good guide is 300dpi and at least 2MB).

The competition is open now and you’ve got until the 25th of April to get your entries in. There are four main categories for entrants, plus the People’s Choice award:

  • Junior Primary School Award (Kinder – Grade 6)
  • Junior Secondary School Award (Grade 7 – Grade 12)
  • Young Carer Award (18 – 35 years)
  • General Carer Award (open, age 36 plus)
  • People’s Choice

Please feel free to share the photo competition flyer through your networks click to download PDF flyer.

There are some great prizes on offer, including: a 3 hour cruise for 2 people with Pennicott Wilderness Cruises, photography tuition experiences with Shutterbug Walkabout, an outdoor classroom experience at the Sustainability Learning Centre, a classroom tutorial with Sonia Singh – creator of Tree Change Dolls, family passes to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Plants of Tasmania nursery vouchers and book vouchers.

In addition, all finalist images will be displayed at a photo exhibition celebrating National Volunteer Week on 11 May, and finalists will receive their image as a canvas print, thanks to Harvey Norman Hobart.

This competition has been made possible through Australian Government funding as part of the National Landcare Programme, and also through the generous support of our sponsors.


Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary


Tree Change Dolls

Sustainability Learning Centre

Sustainability Learning Centre


Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Logo

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Shutterbug Walkabouts

Shutterbug Walkabouts


Harvey Norman

Plants of Tasmania Nursery

Plants of Tasmania Nursery


Volunteer Coordinators Network

Volunteer Coordinators Network