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One of the world’s leading rainforest protection organisations, Rainforest Rescue, is launching the first-ever global competition for rainforest photography with each entry contributing towards the protection of one square metre of rainforest habitat.

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The competition aims to enhance and promote the art of rainforest photography, and to help raise awareness about the nature and culture of rainforest habitats, and to encourage their protection. Photographers from around the globe are invited to contribute their unique interpretations and creative perspectives on the world’s rainforests.

In partnership with two of Australia’s world-renowned photographers – Darren Jew and Jasmine Carey, and the four major sponsors of f-stop, Silky Oaks Lodge, Spell and Will & Bear, Rainforest Rescue have created the International Rainforest Rescue Canopy Photography Awards to shine the light on the need to protect rainforests worldwide.

Who knew that a Peter Dombrovskis’ photograph of Rock Island Bend would be credited with saving Tasmania’s Franklin River in the 1980s? This competition encourages entrants to use their camera for a positive purpose – and know that every photo can play a role in change – and in this case, in rainforest protection.

With judges including Steve Parrish OAM, Wayne Quillam, Juergen & Stella Freund, Madeleine Faught and Dr Robert Kooyman, entrants will compete across four categories – habitats, hidden gems, characters and reportage – for category prizes and an overall Grand Prize, valued in excess of $10,000.

The global promotion is powered up by Partners Blue Frog Marketing, BioPak, Cairns Airport and Tourism Port Douglas Daintree.

There’s also a People’s Choice Vote, where the public will be able to choose the winner from the short-listed entries.

📷: Christian Ziegler, @natgeo

As Rainforest Rescue CEO Branden Barber said recently:

“The International Rainforest Rescue Canopy Photography Awards creates a platform to promote the beauty and fragility of the Daintree Rainforest and its unique ecology and biodiversity. Inviting photographers to contribute their perspectives provides a richer tapestry upon which to focus our
intentions for both the Daintree’s forever protection, as well as the protection of rainforests and rainforest creatures all over the world.’’

Entries for the Canopy Awards are now open 1 – 31 March.

For more information and to submit entries visit


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