That Time of the Day: The stunning overall winner of the Budding Photographers 2014 competition, by David Williams. He also took out the Landscapes category. Primary school winner: My Sunshine by Annabelle Oram.
Macro winner: The Lost World by Glenn Smith.
IT’S not difficult to work out why our stunning botanic garden is the jewel in Macarthur’s tourism crown.
These stunning pictures, captured by photographers vying for this year’s Budding Photographer competition, should convince any who have doubts.
Visitor numbers to the 416 hectares of The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, continue to skyrocket, with more than 331,000 recorded this financial year — almost 150,000 more visitors than the previous year.
May and June were the busiest on record, with a total of 55,703 visitors making the most of winter’s dazzling sunsets to traverse the country’s largest botanic garden.
The annual photo competition, backed by the Advertiser, has impressed judges with the high standard of local entries.
It aims to capture gorgeous shots across categories including people in gardens, plants and animals, landscapes and macro.
There were also specific categories for primary and high school-aged students.
The 2014 entries did not disappoint, spanning lush landscapes, staggering waterfalls and, of course, breathtaking sunsets among the plethora of close-up images of local wildlife and flora.
Winners of the adult categories were awarded $200 while the grand prize winner received $500.
A digital display of the competition entries at the garden’s visitors’ centre will close on October 1.
Details: 4634 7935.
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