Rural Aid calling on all budding Upper Hunter photographers to enter Spirit of the Bush photo competition



RURAL Aid is calling on all Upper Hunter photographers to enter its inaugural photo competition, the Spirit of the Bush.

CEO John Warlters said if you are a photographer or a budding one - and have a love for rural Australia - then this is the comp for you.

"We want to see images, ground level or aerial, of our Aussie farmers and their families and a depiction of what their life is like on the land or in the bush," he explained.

"Australia is a large country and we have many types of farmers across this land and on our oceans.

"Livestock from cattle to bees, different types of grain growers, fruit and vegetables, grapes for our wine growers and seafood - farmed inland and on the ocean.

"These farmers are there supporting Australians with food on our tables and add substantially to our gross domestic product in the good times and continue to work hard during challenging times, such as drought, flood and fire.

"Our farmers have been through so much and these images will also be a great way to show how they are faring in these challenging times.

"Of course, we're also looking to support photographers across Australia who are also facing challenging times.

"If you need inspiration, then check out our Facebook @ruralaidaustralia and Instagram @ruralaid social media pages, they are full of great images of rural Australia and the farmers Rural Aid supports, who support us.

"As well as giving the world a snapshot of farming life, the land and the bush in Australia, this competition is also a great way of showing off the photographic talent posting to our social media channels.

"The added incentive is there are also great prizes to be won."

  • 1st prize will receive gift cards to the value of $500
  • 2nd prize will receive gift cards to the value of $250
  • 3rd prize will receive a Rural Aid prize pack to the value of $100
  • People's Choice Winner will receive a Rural Aid prize pack to the value of $100

Here's how to enter:

The competition will run from now until 5pm (AEST) on Thursday, September 3.

Entrants must submit a high-resolution image by either: 1. posting the image on Instagram with the hashtags #RAPhotoContest & #SpiritoftheBush and tagging @ruralaid in the picture; or 2. emailing the submission to

Photos will then be added to stories and a highlight reel on the Rural Aid Instagram page.