AN excellent calibre of entries were received for the 2012 River Recollections writing and photography competitions, with awards presented at the Condamine Headwaters Landcare AGM last Friday at the Criterion Hotel.
The competition was designed to portray what people most appreciate and value about their local rivers and creeks and was evident in the photos and writing pieces on display.
Landcare co-ordinator Catherine Potter said by encouraging people to have fond memories of these places will in turn see people protecting and caring for these environments.
"The competition was so successful last year, we decided to run it again," she said.
"As we did not receive funding this year, we would like to thank all the local businesses who have donated this year's prizes and made the competition possible for the second year."
Judges Sarah Moles and Toni Somes were impressed with the overall high standard of entries and had difficulty in choosing just one winner in each category.
Sarah Moles judged the photos on their composition, quality of light and range of colours.
Brother and sister Jonathan and Helen Mullis were the runner-up and winners respectively in the secondary school category.
Helen said she has always enjoyed photography and it was a great challenge to capture something interesting to enter in the competition.
"The family regularly walks the Condamine River track and both Jonathon and I took many photos over a period of time," she said.
Jonathon admitted that by being involved in the competition he has realised how important it is to protect and preserve our nature and wildlife.
"It is amazing to see the wildlife returning to the river again after the devastating floods in 2011," he said.
Writing judge Toni Somes awarded Graham Kirkland as the winner of the open category and said his poem was an absolute standout which was brilliant, lyrical, engaging and emotive.
Mr Kirkland was happy to recite his poem, entitled Condamine Call, and said he had been inspired by living on Glengallan Creek all his life and a strong belief in Landcare.
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