Get Your Camera Out!

The Hawkesbury River is set to become the focus of a major photographic competition. Camera 

The river’s catchment spans 21,4000 sqm of land across 24 local government areas before flowing out to the Pacific Ocean. To celebrate this wonderful river, the NSW Government and six local councils are holding the “Our Hawkesbury River” photography competition.

The Our Hawkesbury River photography competition is a collaborative project with Hawkesbury, Hills Shire, Hornsby, Central Coast, Ku-ring-gai and Northern Beaches councils. The closing date for entries is Sunday, October 17th.

Hawkesbury City Mayor Patrick Conolly said the 450km Hawkesbury River, which winds its way from Goulburn to the Pacific Ocean via Wollondilly, Penrith and Windsor, is the lifeblood of Sydney.

“I cannot overstate the importance of the Hawkesbury River to our City and Greater Sydney, and how important it is for all levels of government to work in partnership to protect it,” he said. “It is a critical supply of water for residents and farms and is a central focus of tourism and recreation in Hawkesbury. It also holds a special place in the hearts and culture of our First Nations People.”

Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne said the photography competition was the first of a series of community-based activities that will be used to raise awareness of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Coastal Management Program (CMP).

“The Hawkesbury River stretches an extraordinary 470kms, … It’s home to some unique wildlife and plant species, and there are plenty of stunning spots along the River where you can take a great snap. My favourite place is at Wisemans Ferry Park where you can have a picnic and just sit back and enjoy those riverfront views.”

“I love the Hawkesbury and I know our residents share similar sentiments, and this competition will allow us to further understand our relationship with the River,” Mayor Byrne added.

Competition prizes include three NSW National Parks and Wildlife annual All-Parks Passes each worth $190, and the competition closes on Sunday 17 October.

Enter the online competition by snapping your favourite picnic place, wildlife, landscape or activity at