Winning Macarthur Nature Photography entries | gallery

The natural wonders of the Macarthur region were celebrated with the naming of the 2017 Macarthur Nature Photography Competition on Thursday.

The annual contest is hosted collaboratively by Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly councils.

The competition highlights the region’s unique environmental landscape and aims to showcase the importance of respecting and protecting our natural beauty.

Residents submitted entries in four established categories: waterways, native flora and fauna, nature up close and environmental impact. Two newcomer categories – Snap a Selfie and Hollows as Homes – also proved popular.

Winners were also picked from two age categories: young people (15 years and under) and open (16 years and over).

The best primary and high school photographers were also recognised.

Winners shared in a total of $5000 worth of prizes this year, from sponsors Macarthur Square, Macarthur Camera House, Canon, Western Sydney University, Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living and Symbio Wildlife Park.

Winners of the 2017 Macarthur Nature Photography Competition are as follows:



1st place:             Paul Aracic – One Night in Kentlyn

2nd place:             Ky Prakhounheuang –        Smoke on the water

Native flora and fauna

1st place:             Paul Heath – Golden Light

2nd place:            Glenn Smith – On the Prowl

Environmental Impact

1st place:              Bron King – Road Kill

2nd place:             Ash Pearsall –      Bush meets the burbs!

Nature Up Close

1st Place:              Margaret Freeman – Footloose

2nd Place:             Kira Leeon – Dragonfly with big lips and even bigger eyes

Hollows as Homes

Winner:                 Glenn Smith – On Guard Duty

Snap a Selfie

Winner:                 Vicky Mycio



1st Place:              Chloe Marsh – Sunset over Murky Water

2nd Place:             Hayden Bailey – Duplicity

Native flora and fauna

1st Place:              Isabelle Robertson – Delightful Daisies

2nd Place:             Tess McEvoy-King – Bush Gold

Environmental Impact

1st Place:              Jodi Weisz – Why destroy nature?

2nd Place:             Jordon Waterhouse – A Sprinkle of Pink

Nature Up Close

1st Place:              Mauerick Fraley – Leaf Pond

2nd Place:             Corey Horsfall – A Bull Ant

Primary School

Winner: Mauerick Fraley, Warragamba Public School - Leaf Pond

High School

Winner: Ky Prakhounheuang, John Therry Catholic High School - Smoke on the water


Winner:                 Chloe McEwan – Flowers galore


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