Eurobodalla photographers and artists can tap in to $2400 in prizes by submitting their works to Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Art₂0 competition.
The water-saving themed competition coincides with the 2017 River of Art, with entries to be featured in an exhibition at the festival’s launch.
Entries can be any 2D media and could include photography, drawing and collage, but must reflect the benefits of saving and valuing drinking water. Educational messages about choosing tap water over bottled water are welcomed.
Winners in the open photography and 2D works categories will take home $1000 cash each, while the under 18 and under 12 photography categories attract $100 and the People’s Choice $200.
Winning artworks may also be featured on Council’s water refill stations, which help residents and visitors choose tap water when they’re out and about.
Council held a similar competition in 2013 called ‘Tap Water Please’ to decorate Eurobodalla’s first eight water refill stations at Batemans Bay, Batehaven, Malua Bay, Broulee, Moruya, Tuross Head, North Narooma and Narooma.
Council’s Environmental Services Divisional Manager Deb Lenson said Council had committed to installing a further eight water refill stations in the coming years.
“We want the community to have ownership of these refill stations, as well as to make them more attractive and inviting for people to use,” she said.
“This competition is also a great opportunity for us to spread the word about the importance of choosing tap water over bottled water. About 65 per cent of plastic bottles end up in landfill taking hundreds of years to break down, yet Eurobodalla's water supply is some of the best and safest in the world to drink.”
Competition entries will be on display as part of the River of Art launch on Friday 19 May at Bodalla Hall, where winners will be announced. The exhibition will continue at Bodalla Hall until 26 May.