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Urban Nature Photography Competition 2009

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The 2009 Urban Nature Photography winners were announced at an Awards evening, held on World Environment Day, 5 June 2009, at Brush Farm House Gallery, Eastwood.

Winners and runners up were selected in two categories from more than 210 entries and were announced by one of the official Competition Judges, Carl Bento, Manager of Photography at the Australian Museum.

Urban Nature Photography Competition 2009 winners

The prize winners were:

Open category:

  • Winner – Clive Collins, for his photo of the Great Egret
  • 1st runner up - John Kha, for his photo of a lizard
  • 2nd runner up - Zejia Hu, for her photo of kookaburras
  • Special mentions – Louise Docker (dragonfly), Anna Helfensdorfer (Lake Parramatta) and John Tibben (Homebush Bay)

Young People’s category

  • Winner - Persephonie Jamons for her photo of footprints in the sand on the Parramatta River
  • 1st runner up - Joshua Overton for his photo of mushrooms in the backyard
  • 2nd runner up – Anna Kosmynina for her photo of a bathing pigeon
  • Special mentions - Kelsey McManus (sunset at Homebush Bay), Delia Liang (mangrove) and Holly Wilkinson (stormwater grate)

The winner of the People’s Choice award was Soonlee Lim for his photo of a waterlily.

Over 95 guests attended the Awards ceremony and up to $3000 in prizes were awarded, including $350 for each category winner, plus cash and other great prizes for runners-up and the People’s Choice winner.

An exhibition featuring a selection of the best 100 entries toured throughout the Parramatta River catchment from June to September 2009. The exhibition was displayed at Brush Farm House Gallery, Five Dock Library, Strathfield Library, Auburn Library, Ashfield Library, Haberfield Library, Holroyd Council, Parramatta City Library and the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta.

A 2010 calendar of the best entries was also produced and widely distributed to stakeholders and community members across the catchment

View the web gallery of the winning photos or you can view all online entries on the  Competition’s Web Gallery.


The Urban Nature Photography Competition 2009 is an initiative by the Parramatta River Catchment Group, a regional organisation of councils, agencies and community representatives whose aim is to improve the health of the Parramatta River catchment. Members of the Group include Ashfield, Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Canada Bay, Holroyd, Hunters Hill, Leichhardt, Parramatta, Ryde and Strathfield Councils, Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority and Sydney Water.

This competition has been made possible by the generous support of the following organisations:

Sponsors of the 2009 Urban Nature Photography Competition