Greek-Australian landscape architect and host of ABC’s Gardening Australia, Costa Georgiadis, has launched the ‘What’s In Your Backyard?’ campaign to encourage the next generation to get outside during self-isolation and document what’s in their backyard.
In co-ordination with Junior Landcare, Costa is asking kids across Australia to grab a camera and snap photos of the flora and fauna they can see right on their doorstep.
“The entire environment is your backyard. But what we want kids to do is step outside into your backyard and see what visits, what’s growing there,” Costa said in a promotional video.
“You need to get your googles on. Get outside, look up and down, look all round because that’s our backyard challenge.”
Kids can submit photos to Junior Landcare as an individual or school and they must explain why the photo is important to them to win one of ten $250 cameras. When conditions allow, the major school prize will be a visit from Costa to check out the school’s environment projects.
“Junior Landcare… gives every student everywhere in the country, a chance to understand nature, connect with it and take action to show that you love and want to protect the world around you,” Costa said.
There are four categories that you can submit your photo to:
- Biodiversity – birds, bees, insects, flowers, trees and more!
- Food production – your food garden may include vegetables, fruit and herbs.
- Indigenous perspectives – bush tucker gardens.
- Waste management – worm farm, compost, recycling bins.
You can enter the competition via Junior Landcare’s website, but get in quick as applications close May 1, 2020.