Photographers snap up paradise – Fraser Island Photo Competition winners announced!

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Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch congratulated the winners of the ‘Snap Up Some Paradise’ photo competition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the inscription of K’gari (Fraser Island) on the World Heritage List.

The Palaszczuk Government, in partnership with the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation, Queensland Museum, Wildlife Australia and Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, received 354 entries across three categories – Landscapes, Flora & Fauna and Sand & Water – highlighting the island’s natural beauty.

“It was a tough competition ––each entry captured the natural wonder of K’gari, and the importance of protecting its beauty for future generations,” said Ms Enoch.

“On the 25th anniversary of its World Heritage listing, this competition was a wonderful opportunity to promote and celebrate K’gari’s unique World Heritage values.

“Inscribed in 1992, K’gari is the world’s largest sand island and contains ancient complex sand dune systems, tall rainforests growing in sand and half the world’s perched lakes,” she said.

Butchulla spokesperson and talented artist Conway Burns said he was excited to share the international significance of K’gari with current and future generations through photography and art.

“These images depict the true natural beauty of K’gari and stand as a testament to those who have dedicated their lives to protecting her,” Mr Burns said.

The winning photographs will be showcased in the K’gari 2019 Calendar – 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, and in the December 2018 Issue of Wildlife Australia Magazine.

2018 Snap Up Some Paradise competition winners

Category 1 - Flora and Fauna
1st place: Ghost Crab by Susie Thompson
2nd place: Small-Leaved Fig, Ficus obliqua by Maree Edmiston-Prior
3rd place:  Wedge-tailed eagles at Sandy Cape by Garry Hewitt

Category 2 - Sand and Water
1st place: Aerial of 4WD on beach by Luke Simpson
2nd place: Aerial of shipwreck by Luke Simpson
3rd place:  Aerial of estuary by Luke Simpson

Category 3 - Landscapes
1st place: The Ghostly Maheno by Ally Wilson
2nd place: Moonlit Mackenzie by Luke Simpson
3rd place:  Night Sky with Rainbow Beach glow by James Dobson

Thank you to everyone who entered this competition. For more information about the competition visit

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Leeanne Enoch MP : Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts :
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Leeanne Enoch MP : Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
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