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Give Happy. Live Happy.

A huge congratulations to all the winners and finalists in our Caring for the Environment photo competition! It was great that so many were able to attend our event yesterday, celebrating National Volunteer Week with us and other special guests.

Amazingly, 4 out of 5 Tasmanians volunteer in some capacity each year.  This includes formal volunteering i.e. as a member of a group, as well as informal volunteering – just by donating time to better the community.  Volunteering really does make the world a better place, and it also makes you feel good… research says that those who volunteer are happier than those who don’t!

We had 46 terrific entries to our photo competition, and the winners and finalists are now part of a temporary display at the Sustainability Learning Centre, Mount Nelson.  It’s open to the public 9am-4pm weekdays, so go along and check it out!  The theme was interpreted in many different ways and it was great to see everyone’s environmental consciousness reflected in their captions too.  Images represented a range of Caring for the Environment actions including rubbish collection, tree planting, weed removal and a general appreciation of the exceptional quality of our Tassie environment.

Many thanks to the judges who had a hard task in scoring the wonderful images… there was very little separating the top few images in each category.  The lucky winners of the competition shared in some great prizes thanks to our very generous sponsors.

Thanks to our fantastic judges:

Adrienne Picone – Volunteering Tasmania;

Donald Coventry – NRM South;

Liz Pulo – Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary;

Olivia Grimsdale – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys;

Nel Smit – Greening Australia;

Jenny Dudgeon – Department of Education;

John Gibson – Plants of Tasmania Nursery

Roy Veith – Shutterbug Walkabouts.

Shout out to our awesome sponsors:

Harvey Norman Hobart donated the canvas images and photos which look absolutely fantastic!

Sonia Singh from Tree Change Dolls will provide a classroom demonstration of how she gives dolls a ‘make-under’.  People’s choice winner, Ellie Pippos was thrilled to receive her prize pack from Sonia personally!

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys donated a wilderness cruise – one of Tassie’s top tourist experiences.

Bororong Wildlife Sanctuary donated 4 family passes to visit their magnificent conservation park.

Shutterbug Walkaboutsoffered a photography-inspired sightseeing tour of Mt Wellington and a private photography tuition.

Plants of Tasmania Nursery will be helping 5 lucky people with their native revegetation projects.

Sustainability Learning Centre provided a classroom experience for the Primary winner to visit the centre for a science and sustainability program.

Southern Tasmanian Volunteer Coordinators Network provided book vouchers to many fortunate finalists.

Also many thanks to the Green Army Team who helped set up for the event.

And a huge congratulations to the following winners and finalists:

1st place primary school – Zoe Adams

2nd place primary school – Jack Lloyd-Parker

Runners-up primary school – Nina Pahari, Osuke Kusahara

1st place secondary school – Thomas Young

2nd place secondary school – Isobell McKenzie

Runners-up secondary school – Jacinta Lang, Paige Salter

1st place open category – Mieka Tabart

2nd place open category – Judy Micklewright

Runners-up open category – Sarah Lowe, Michelle de Paoli

1st place people’s choice – Ellie Pippos

2nd place people’s choice – Thomas Young

Runners-up people’s choice – Austin Franks, Ed Benyon

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