Revive our Wetland Photography Competition and why wetlands are important

This is another reminder that our Wetland Photography Competition is open for another couple of months so this is your opportunity to showcase your passion for photography, raise awareness of the importance of our Australian wetlands and their diversity and abundance of wildlife and plants, as well as a chance to win some great prizes.

What you need to do: Simply take a photograph of your local wetland and wildlife to highlight its beauty and significance. You could capture it at a certain time of day or capture birdlife and wildlife that call this place home – it’s up to you to get creative to win.

Submit your wetland photo entry here

The competition closes Friday 1st March 2024 at 5pm AEST.

‘Fishing in Style’ by Christine Chester

Continuing on for our first article on why wetlands are important and why we need to restore and conserve them.

Wetlands provide and clean our water

Water quality is a major issue in today’s world. Many human activities, from driving on roads and farming to keeping our homes clean and manufacturing goods, often lead to water pollution is some way. Whether intentional or not, we are constantly dumping a nasty cocktail of pollutants into our ocean, wetlands and rivers.

These can include fertilisers, pesticides, heavy metals and other chemicals from roads, chemicals and solvents from factories, and sediments from construction to name a few. When these chemicals and pollutants are added to our water, they can cause damaging effects to our natural environment, contaminate water supplies and affect our health.

As it turns out, wetlands are the answer. Wetlands play a vital role in water resource management by acting as natural filters that purify water by effectively removing chemicals and pollutants and enhancing the quality. Through their capacity to regulate stream flow, they are able to slow down water flow which allows pollutants, nutrients, and sediment to settle and be absorbed deep into the soil. They also create rich environments for microbes to break down other pollutants as well.

Wetlands not only have the ability to clean water for drinking and sanitation, but they also are essential in providing a reliable source of water supply which in turn supports sustaining livelihoods and agriculture. When wetlands fill up with water during wetter months or storms, they can absorb and store this water underground in aquifers. These underground aquifers are what keep water flowing in rivers during drier months, and they are what support local communities with fisheries, timber and fertile lands which contributes to food security and economic well-being. Yet another case where wetlands save the day!

Wetlands are home to important wildlife

Wetlands are incredible hotspots for biodiversity, providing vital habitats for feeding, roosting and nesting a large array of wildlife species. They are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world and provide a nutrient-rich environment for both marine and terrestrial life to thrive, some species not being found anywhere else on the planet.

Beyond their local significance, they also serve as indispensable links for migratory species such as shorebirds, helping form part of a dynamic ecological corridor that runs through cities, as well as across landscapes, which enables movement and genetic exchange of wildlife populations, thus safeguarding biodiversity on a broader scale.

Urban wetlands in big crowded cities offer a refuge for all kinds of fascinating wildlife and they are a top-notch spot for birdwatching, botanising or just immersing yourself in nature.

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Photo Credit: Naidu Kumapatla

For full Ts & Cs, head to our Revive our Wetlands Photography Competition 2023-2024 launch latest news article: https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/revive-our-wetland-photography-competition-2023-2024/