Talia Fell, Steve Parish and Sam Lucas with their winning artworks at the WetlandCare competition awards ceremony earlier this year.
Talia Fell, Steve Parish and Sam Lucas with their winning artworks at the WetlandCare competition awards ceremony earlier this year.

Care for environment inspires art

Winning prizes in last year's WetlandCare Australia National Art and Photography Competition has inspired both Sam Lucas and Talia Fell to enter even more art competitions.

Sam, a Year 6 student from Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina, won first prize in the 11 years and under category with his painting of a dam with fish.

“I found it hard to believe I could win,” Sam said. “I'm really getting into art now.”

With this year's WetlandCare competition theme announced as 'Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change', Talia and Sam have already started thinking about what they are going to paint next.

“I'm doing a little waterhole,” said Sam. “Water's running out and I need to think about it a bit.”

Sam said he was inspired last year by getting out and having a look at some wetlands with his parents.

With the competition theme focussing on what impacts climate change will have on wetland biodiversity, entrants are asked to consider the consequences these impacts will have for the environment.

Sam said that thinking about the competition theme has changed the way he thinks about the world.

“It made me wonder how we are going to keep them (the waterholes) healthy,” he said.

Talia, a Year 7 student, said her favourite part of entering the competition was learning about the environment and how we can look after wetlands.

“Water is running out and wildlife won't be able to survive… every living creature is important,” she said.

Inspired by seeing other people's competition submissions at the awards ceremony in Brisbane, Talia said it made her want to be a better artist.

“I love art and this is only a beginning,” she said.

With some major sponsors offering cash prizes, the WetlandCare competition invites submissions of photography and art from both adults and children. The closing date for competition entries is December 4 and winners will be publicly announced on World Wetlands Day in February 2010.

For more information on competition categories and to download entry forms, visit www.wetlandcare

.com.au.


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