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Warrnambool Botanic Gardens Curator John Sheely

Snap happy at the Botanic Gardens

News Article Date: 
Monday, 3 August 2015

While it has long been a favourite location for photography, shutterbugs will have an added incentive to visit the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens.

Entries are now open for the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens photographic competition.

The competition and subsequent exhibition is part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the gardens.

Gardens Curator John Sheely said that the biggest problem for photographers will be narrowing down their shots to just two entries, the maximum allowed.

“Photographers have until May 2016 to submit their photos, allowing all four seasons to be surveyed,” he said.

“We invite you to capture an aspect of the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens which you see as special.

“It could be some aspect of its natural environment or an example of people at work or play in it. Let your creative juices flow!

“Considering Warrnambool only became a municipality in 1855, to be able to celebrate the 150th anniversary of a botanic garden is a testament to the extraordinary vision of our forebears.”

The site of the current gardens was chosen in 1866 with one of Australia’s greatest ever landscape architects, William Guilfoyle, commissioned in 1877 to design the layout.

First prize in the open age category is $500 with $250 for the runner up. There are also categories for photographers aged under 12 and under 18.

For full terms and conditions and more information on how to submit an entry visit www.wbgardens.com.au/whats-on or phone 5562 4059.

The competition is being run by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens with support from Sinclair Wilson.

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