The Greens Animals in the Wild photo competition and exhibition has returned for its 5th year to encourage people to shoot with a camera, not with a gun.

The competition runs annually as a positive counter to the Sporting Shooters Association’s arms fair ‘Huntfest’ which is held in Narooma over the June long weekend despite widespread local and international opposition.

Animals in the Wild will be judged by renowned Australian photographer Rex Dupain, with a special category for children under 16, and the winners to be announced at Gallery Bodalla over the June long weekend.

A $100 voucher will be awarded to the winners of each category:

a. The image that most evokes a connection with an animal in the wild in Australia
b. The most beautiful image of a bird in the wild in Australia
c. The image that conveys the threats facing native animals in Australia, including the reality of environmental and habitat damage, hunting, and guns and killing culture in Australia
d. The most beautiful image of an animal in the wild photographed by a photographer aged 16 years or under.

Entries close Sunday 27 May: http://animalsinthewild.net/

Greens MP David Shoebridge said:

“We’re celebrating the fifth year of the Animals in the Wild photo competition and exhibition. While we celebrate the beauty of nature, it’s important to remember the serious message at the heart of it all.

“As Huntfest gets uglier every year, we run Animals in the Wild as a positive response to encourage people to shoot animals with a camera, not with a gun.

“The overwhelming majority of residents in the community don’t support Huntfest and do not want their beautiful coastal town known as the home of an arms fair.

“We can’t wait to see your photos of wombats, kookaburras, koalas and other native wildlife.” Mr Shoebridge said.