Photo Competition Winners Announced
Published: 4 May 2023

The winners of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s Your Weekend, Your Waterway’ photo competition have been announced with winners in four categories being acknowledged and rewarded.

“The theme of this year’s competition prompted people to get out and explore the wonderful waterways we have around the region,” said CEO of the WGCMA, Martin Fuller.

“Not surprisingly, some lovely images have been taken and shared and I must say a big thank you to everyone who took part.”

The photographs will form part of the WGCMA’s annual Seasonal Watering Proposal document to be submitted to the Victorian Environmental Water Holder. Once approved, this determines allocations of water from storages released to promote and support healthy waterways and ecosystems. 

“Environmental water plays an important role in improving the health of rivers and wetlands in West Gippsland and this is guided by Seasonal Watering Plans approved by the Victorian Environmental Water Holder,” said Martin.  

The three waterways that receive environmental water deliveries in West Gippsland formed the photo competition categories.

The winners of each section were:

Overall winner

The overall competition winner was James Kettner with his image “Picnic”, taken at the Cowwarr Weir shown below.

Picnic at Cowwarr Weir 📷 James Kettner
Picnic at Cowwarr Weir 📷 James Kettner


Durt-Yowan (Latrobe River) anywhere downstream from Lake Narracan, including the Lower Latrobe Wetlands ie: Dowd Morass, Heart Morass and Sale Common.

Winner: Ellie Harrington

Swing Bridge Drive Sunrise 📷 Ellie Harrington
Swing Bridge Drive Sunrise
📷 Ellie Harrington

Wirn wirndook Yeerung

Wirn wirndook Yeerung (Macalister River), this category was open to entries of photos that were taken anywhere downstream from Lake Glenmaggie.

Winner: Claire Jobling

Kayaking on the Macalister River
📷 Claire Jobling

Carran Carran

Carran Carran (Thomson River), this section was open to entries that included the Heyfield Wetlands (anywhere downstream from the Thomson Reservoir)

Winner: Sarah Heath

Cowwarr Weir
📷 Sarah Heath

30 March, 2023