‘Prints of Whales’ photographic competition calls for state-wide entries

The South Australian Whale Centre’s annual Prints of Whales nature-based photographic competition opened on 1st June and for the first time organisers are calling for state-wide submissions to help boost South Australia’s profile as a nature-based tourism destination. South Australian Whale Centre coordinator Leah Pippos said, “In previous years the competition has had a focus on the Fleurieu Peninsula region, but this year we want to showcase as much of our State’s magnificent marine and wildlife as we can.” “Capturing marine and wildlife in their natural landscape in a photographic competition is a great way to share South Australia’s nature-based tourism potential with the rest of the world.”

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Winning whale watching photo from 2014 titled Woo Hoo by Peter Fuller.

Woo Hoo by Peter Fuller The City of Victor Harbor, who own and operate the South Australian Whale Centre, is thrilled to see the competition expand. “Prints of Whales has grown over the years from celebrating the arrival of whales in our waters to a respected photographic competition that shows just how easy it is to experience close wildlife encounters in our State,” said City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp. “For example, less than an hours drive from Adelaide you have an opportunity to see whales calving in the waters of Encounter Bay, seals and dolphins from the iconic Victor Harbor Causeway, not to mention our impressive birdlife. Capturing this through the lens of a camera allows us to share these experiences with others, and I am looking forward to seeing entries from other regions.”

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2014 winter wildlife winning entry titled ‘Seal pup in the rain’ by Brad Leue.

The nature-based competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers with four award categories: Whale Watching, Winter Wildlife, Junior Talent and People’s Choice, with over $3,000 worth of prizes available. Photographs entered in the competition can be taken in South Australia any time in 2015, from 1st January through to the close of competition on Friday, 11th September 2015 with multiple entries accepted before the closing date. Major prizes include $500 cash donated by Network Ten, $250 cash prize donated by Fleureu Marine Life, a Lush Australia Gift basket and framed artwork donated by Sea Shepherd Australia.

  • Runner-up prizes include a whale carving donated by Waitpinga Whittling, McCracken Country Club accommodation package, a family trip with The Big Duck Boat Tours, a years subscription to Fishing SA magazine, and a tour for two adults on Murray Mouth Tours.
  • Junior Talent major prize is a camera from Fujifilm Australia worth over $500, binoculars from Tonkins Sports worth $250 and prizes donated by Sports Power and All Sweets & Treats.

Public voting for the People’s Choice winner will run from 26th September to 11th October at the SA Whale Centre and online. For more information, entry forms and a list of competition prizes check out www.printsofwhales.com.au –  the official ‘Prints of Whales’ website.

Further information:

Stacey Richardson or Amelia Graham on 8551 0750 or email whalecentre@victor.sa.gov.au