Search begins for Australia's next Top GeoShot

28/03/2014

Coogee Beach in Sydney

Top GeoShot 2013 winner was
"Coogee Cliffs" taken at Coogee
Beach in Sydney by Peter Power.

The theme for this year's competition is "Great Southern Land".

Geoscience Australia's Education and Events Manager Ms Vicki Pow said entry to Top GeoShot is open to all members of the Australian public and encourages everyone to start taking photos that capture the essence of Earth science in Australia.

"Why not head outdoors and experience Australia's amazing and unique geology and geography. Take your camera with you, and take a photo of an unusual geological formation or your favourite landscape, for a chance to become Australia's next Top GeoShot," Ms Pow said.

Interest in the Top GeoShot competition has continued to increase since its inception in 2010; with over 350 outstanding entries received from across Australia in 2013, nearly double the previous record set in 2012.

"The winning entry in 2013 was an amazing photo taken by Peter Power from Sydney, of Coogee Cliffs on an overcast day," Ms Pow said.

Entries for the 2014 competition close on Friday 12 September, with two categories available: Open and Student (up to Year 12). For competition details, including how to submit your photo, go to http://www.ga.gov.au/top-geoshot.

A new entry system using Flickr is being trialed this year, to allow everyone across Australia to view all entries and share the excitement of experiencing our "Great Southern Land".

Photographs will be judged on their quality, creativity, aesthetics and how well they fit with the competition theme. An Overall Winner, a People's Choice and 11 additional winners will be selected with winners receiving a professionally framed enlargement of their image. The winners will be announced during Earth Science Week celebrations in October.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact the Geoscience Australia 24 hour Media Hotline 1800 882 035.