First-time entrant wins a coveted spot in Ipswich nature photography calendar

Amateur photographer Judy Lucas was tickled pink that a moment of inspiration in a friend’s backyard will be displayed across Ipswich as part of the Enviroplan calendar 2019.

September is synonymous with the flowering of wattle, so it’s fitting that Judy Lucas’ stunning photo of the golden blooms be associated with that month.

It was almost by chance that she took the photo, which was a runner-up in the native plants category of the 2018 Enviroplan Photo Competition.

Looking after a friend’s house in Bellbird Park, she noticed the wattle flowering.

“It just looked beautiful, it was hanging low, and the dirt was the right colour in the background,” she said.

“I think it was the right moment, the right lighting, the right everything.”

Judy spent much of her life in Karalee, and photography has always been a part of her life. Colleges Crossing and Queens Park are still places she likes to visit with her Canon 650D.

This was the first time she had entered the Ipswich City Council competition, but is already inspired for 2019.

“I will be entering next year for sure – I’ve got a pic of a cockatoo that I’ve also taken in my friend’s garden that I’d like to enter as well,” she said.

A selection of incredible entries from the 2018 Enviroplan Photo Competition have been printed as part of the annual Ipswich Enviroplan Calendar.

Ipswich City Council has printed 4000 copies of the 2019 calendar, and has made the popular publication available free for the community.

Pick up locations are Queens Park Environmental Education Centre, Visitor Information Centre, Ipswich Libraries, Community Offices, the Customer Contact Centre at 143 Brisbane Street, Ipswich and the Council Administration Building at 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich.

Works, Parks and Recreation Acting Chief Operating Officer Bryce Hines said an important part of Ipswich Enviroplan initiative is encouraging greater appreciation of our local natural areas, and inspiring action to protect our environment.

“The annual Enviroplan Photo Competition and calendar not only showcase the best of Ipswich’s environment but also encourages a stronger awareness of the importance of our natural areas,” he said.

The calendars are printed on high-quality paper that has 30 per cent recycled content and is certified by internationally-recognised PEFC as being from sustainably managed sources.

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