Here's your chance to show your version of what it's like living in Highlands and the surrounds.
Aphoto and poetry competition themed Love Rural has gotten underway, with the theme being about what it's like living in rural Australia.
The competition aims to illustrate the beauty of rural areas in the country and celebrate the strength and character of rural communities.
Run by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), in conjunction with Friends of the Alliance, NRHA chief executive officer Dr Gabrielle O'Kane said this was a chance for any amateur photographers and poets to showcase the beauty of rural life and their communities.
"This has been a tough year for many people in rural, regional and remote Australia with drought, bushfires, floods, and now COVID-19," Dr O'Kane said.
"One thing it has shown is that rural communities are as vibrant and strong as ever and that rural Australia remains a great place to live and work.
"What better way to show that than through photos and poetry?"
Some ideas for the entries include showcasing personal experiences with drought, flood or bushfires or how communities coped with isolation and social distancing during COVID-19.
"We hope the competition will be a chance for people across the country to show what life in rural Australia means to you, either by picking up the camera or putting pen to paper," Dr O'Kane said.
"It's also a chance for us to highlight the links between the arts and health, both in terms of the positive impacts of the arts on physical and mental health, but also the way the arts can be a force for community development and help us to create healthier rural communities."
Entries close on Friday, August 31.
For more information and conditions, go to https://www.ruralhealth.org.au/friends/photo-poetry-2020
The NRHA is a non-government organisation aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people in rural, regional and remote Australia.
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