The Greens have announced the winners of the 4th annual Animals in the Wild photo competition at Gallery Bodalla this weekend, with more than 300 entries received embracing the competition’s principle to shoot animals with a camera, not a gun.
The competition is run as a positive counter to the Sporting Shooters Association’s arms fair ‘Huntfest’ which has been held in Narooma over the June long weekend every year since 2012.
Huntfest was originally approved as a photographic exhibition but has expanded over time to be a fully-fledged arms fair. The Greens continue to stand with people around the country, including the South Coast, who oppose the guns and killing culture we see at Huntfest.
The Greens have announced the winners of the fourth annual Animals in the Wild photo competition at Gallery Bodalla over the June long weekend, with more than 300 entries embracing the competition’s principle to “shoot with a camera, not a gun”.
Organisers say the contest was a “positive” counter to the HuntFest event, held in Narooma over the June long weekend since 2012.
Greens MP and justice spokesperson David Shoebridge said he and the Greens supported people around the country, including from the Far South Coast, who opposed the guns and “killing culture” of hunting.
Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
“It’s that time of the year again when our office is overwhelmed with beautiful images that celebrate animals in the wild unthreatened, and unharmed by humans.
“This year we received more than 300 images of extremely high quality and I know it was a tough job for celebrated photographer Rex Dupain to pick the winners.
“Even as we celebrate Animals in the Wild we must not forget that it runs to counter the Sporting Shooters Association’s arms fair “Huntfest” which blights the NSW South Coast every year.
“Huntfest celebrates a pro-gun and killing culture that the majority of Australians don’t accept, all under the banner of a “family friendly” event.
“The fact is that 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.
“As Huntfest gets becomes bigger and uglier every year, Animals in the Wild is also growing as an important way of demonstrating that it is far more rewarding to shoot animals with a camera than a gun,” Mr Shoebridge said.
Find out more about Animals in the Wild: https://www.animalsinthewild.net/