In the eye of the beholder

Animal Health Australia is looking for photographs that capture the reality of Australias rural animals.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and a new photographic competition run by Animal Health Australia aims to capture the beauty of rural life in all its glory, harshness and sadness.

There is $1000 prize money up for grabs in the Livestock Photo competition, which is open to everyone other than professional photographers. Children are especially encouraged to enter, with a special $100 prize for the best photo by a school student.

There are lots of reasons why we decided to run this photo competition, said Kathryn Crosby, communications officer at Animal Health Australia. And one is to give the kids something fun to do before they head back to school. Remember, chickens in the backyard or a couple of sheep to mow the lawn count as livestock too.

The winning photos will be used by Animal Health Australia in their training and educational programs and photos will also be posted on the website for the public to view.

Its going to be very useful for Animal Health to have these photos, said Kathryn. And while we have no idea what they will be like, we know some will be harsh, some will be moving and others will be really sad. But that can be the reality of rural life.

There are three categories in the competition: animals on the move, animals on the landscape and animal health, with the aim being to capture the emotion, beauty and tragedy of livestock farming. The most realistic photo, one that encapsulates what rural Australia is really like, will win the grand prize of $500.

Information about the Livestock Photo competition can be found at from January 23. Entries open on Friday, January 26, and close on February 25. Winners will be announced on March 12.

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