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We all know that nature is a masterpiece, so it’s time to delve into your photo library or better yet, get out and about and take some new images to submit to the Saved Nature Photography Competition.

By doing so, you could go into the draw to win from a $24,000 prize pool and have your photographs showcased to global leaders from 160 countries when Australia hosts the 2014 International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Parks Congress this November in Sydney.

Nature lovers from around the world are invited to submit images for a photography competition which is a celebration of the crucial role national parks play in sustaining the health of the planet. The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers as well as instagram lovers.  

The curators of the competition want to see what places you love to visit, what vistas capture your attention as well as imagery of the people who enjoy or work within the parks and the wildlife that rely upon them.

Australia has some of the most diverse and awe inspiring landscapes, literally ringed by beaches, wilderness and world heritage areas. The photography options are endless, including ancient mountain ranges, glacial lakes, waterfalls, cathedral caves, blazing desert sands, snow-capped mountains and prehistoric rainforests.

Submissions do not have to be of Australian landscapes. If you’ve captured some amazing photos of landscapes in your travels, or met indigenous people who live and work on the land, or you’ve spotted unusual critters in the environment; you can submit these and help paint a picture of the global landscape.

The competition will be a visual celebration of Australia winning the right to host the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress. Fondly known as the ‘environmental Olympics’, it will bring together thousands of people to plan the future of parks from Kakadu to Kruger and everything in between.

Entries are invited in three competition categories:

· Parks – focuses on images and stories about national parks of the world (both land and marine);
· People – focuses on images and stories about the interaction between people and nature.  This can include stories about indigenous peoples’ conserved areas and territories.
· Planet – focuses on images and stories about the sustainable use of  natural resources in protected areas, including stories about the conservation of habitats and species.

For more information and how to enter online, visit http://www.wpcsaved.com/