Competition celebrates the science of photography, beauty of Albany coast

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The Kinjarling Albany Coast Photographic Competition aims to explore and celebrate the coastal environment. Pictured is Misery Beach, which took the top spot in Tourism Australia's best beach list for this year.
Camera IconThe Kinjarling Albany Coast Photographic Competition aims to explore and celebrate the coastal environment. Pictured is Misery Beach, which took the top spot in Tourism Australia's best beach list for this year. Credit: Kieran 't Hart

Photographers of all ages are encouraged to help document the beauty of the Albany coast above and below the water in a free photography competition from the Great Southern Science Council.

The Kinjarling Albany Coast Photographic Competition aims to capture the beauty and biodiversity of the region and inspire locals to learn about the science behind good photography.

It is the first photography competition to be run by the Great Southern Science Council, with the aim of exploring and celebrating the coastal environment.

Photographers can submit their work in three categories.

The first, Wooyan Gaba (Blue Ocean) and the Hinterland, focuses on documenting the diversity of marine ecosystems including flora and fauna above and below the water.

The second category is Sustainability/Under Threat, with entries documenting renewable resource development in Albany or the exploration of the environmental impact of human activities, such as climate change or ocean plastics.

The final category is Youth, open to anyone under 16.

Winners of each category will receive $150, second place $100 and third $50 with selected images from each to form a special exhibition set at the UWA Great Southern Marine Research Facility during the 2022 Albany Maritime Festival in July.

GSSC chair Dr Wiebke Ebeling said the competition aimed to show the environment in its raw form with entrants encouraged to use technical knowledge rather than photo manipulation.

“Our competition is really honing in on capturing good photography skills, not good image manipulation skills,” she said.

“So ideally our three semi-professional judges will tell who has understood the capabilities of the camera and being in the right spot at the right time, rather than having used Photoshop effectively.

“It all started with that we were lacking really good photography of this area . . . and really thinking we could use good imagery both of the coastline and also underwater worlds and wildlife.

“At the end, ideally we will have a really nice pool of images that we are going to display at the Great Southern Marine Research Facility during the Maritime Festival.”

A fully subscribed free photography workshop with Albany photography veteran Malcolm Heberle will launch the competition on Saturday.

Entries close at midnight on June 26.

For details, visit the Great Southern Science Council website.

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