Mid North Coast Local Health District encourages young photographers of all skill levels to enter competition

Two winning entries from the 2019 Your Health Link National Photographic Competition. Photo supplied.


WITH the theme ‘We’re all in this together: Keeping safe and healthy during the pandemic’, photographers of all abilities are encouraged to enter the Your Health Link National Photographic Competition with images that match the theme.

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The competition is looking for imaginative images that show how people have kept safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aims of the competition are to increase health literacy in the Australian community and encourage healthy eating and active living to reduce the impact of chronic disease related to lifestyle choices.

Program Manager Carolyn Guichard said, “We recognise that 2020 was a different and challenging year for everyone.

“Our new normal has become working from home, physical distancing, finding new ways to entertain ourselves, exploring our environment, maintaining our mental wellbeing, and keeping safe, active and healthy.

“Through the exciting medium of photography, we ask entrants to create visual images that represent the competition theme of keeping safe and healthy together during a pandemic.”

The entry fee for the competition has been waived this year in recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on families and the community.

Entries should cover healthy lifestyle themes and concepts such as physical activity, working from home, innovative ways of entertaining children during the pandemic, COVID-safe behaviour, diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion, and wellbeing, resilience, purpose, and happiness.

There are a host of prizes on offer in the categories of Mobile Photography, Open, Primary and High School, including prizes to support healthy school canteen initiatives.

Entries close at midnight on 24 January and the winners will be announced at a virtual exhibition of the finalists.

Your Health Link is an online health education tool that provides a wide range of information on health facts, support and counselling services, legal, finance and housing, mental health, drug and alcohol, sexual health and more.

Information about the competition, including coronavirus (COVID-19) resources, is available online at: www.yourhealthlinkphotocomp.com.au.


By David TUNE

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