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2014 Photo Competition Launch

Now in its 16th year, the competition encourages budding photographers of all ages to share their talent and their passion for their local area.

This year's theme is "My Place" and encourages entrants to explore ideas of belonging and connection that can be expressed through either the natural or man-made aspects of the landscape.

The competition is open to interested amateur photographers of all ages, with categories for black and white or colour photos, as well as sections dedicated to digital manipulation and to school students.

Winners receive $250 and runners-up $50. Entries close on Thursday 31 July in these categories:

  1. Open colour
  2. Open black & white
  3. Secondary student (colour or black & white)
  4. Primary student (colour or black & white)
  5. Open digital manipulation (colour or black & white)

Community Education Officer, Fiona Harris said the annual photo competition was a great opportunity for photographers of all ages to highlight the unique features of the region.

"The Western Local land Services region is the largest in NSW, covering 40% of the state and yet it is the least densely populated region," Ms Harris said.

"Approximately 43,000 people live in this region and 18,500 of those are in the city of Broken Hill.

"Through this competition, we are keen to see in pictures what gives people a connection to the land and what they see as their place in this region – from farmers and graziers who raise stock, harvest crops and productively manage our environment in a sustainable way to the people who live and work in our towns and cities.

"We also hope to learn more about the sense of place that is held by the Aboriginal people who have lived and worked on the land for tens of thousands of years."

Winning entries will be exhibited throughout the Western Local Land Services region, as well as on the Western Local Land Services website.

For more information and to download entry forms go to or phone Fiona Harris on 02 6870 8627.