Tasmania’s parks and wildlife are a national treasure. Celebrating one hundred years of national parks in Tasmania and the centenary of Mt Field and Freycinet National Parks is a great time to reflect on the significance of parks to our local, national and international communities with a Parks & Wildlife Short Film Competition “A Place to Connect” .
Sponsored by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), the competition was open to anyone who loves Tasmania’s wild places to share their connection with Tasmania’s parks through stills and moving images of their travels, stories and special connections with nature and Tasmania’s National Parks.
Chris Colley of PWS presented first prize to Simon Treweek (see below) for The Edge of the World, filmed at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania’s renowned surfing site within the Tasman National Park
In the film, photographer Stuart Gibson reflected on his experiences finding and photographing the wave and the surrounding landscapes – a place that can feel like ‘The Edge of the World.’
The winner receives the choice of a return helicopter trip and one night stay for two people on Matsuyker Island or a double pass to the new Three Capes Track (worth $990), and an annual Parks Pass, a double pass for the Tasman Island Cruise valued at $250 donated by Pennicott Journeys and an OzPray 22lt Talon22 day pack valued at $140 donated by Paddy Pallin Launceston.
Second prize went to Joe Shemesh (see above left) for Woodvine, a film about a parcel of land bequeathed to the PWS, in order to protect native wildlife and rare vegetation.
As runner he wins a double pass to the Overland Track experience, an annual parks pass, and a double voucher for the Bruny Island Cruise donated by Pennicott Journeys.
Shortlisted and winning entries can be viewed on the PWS You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/PWSTasmania.