#Reconnect photography and short film competition



It is 25 years since hundreds of Central Coast residents held a series of meetings and formed the Community Environment Network (CEN) and so, to start the celebrations, CEN has chosen World Environment Day to announce its #Reconnect amateur photography and short film competition.

“CEN has grown to be the peak environmental organisation on the Central Coast and our vision continues to be to stand up for ecological sustainable development (ESD) and oppose threats to it,” said CEN Chair, Mr Gary Chestnut.

“To mark our 25th anniversary we want to talk about the importance of nature to all of us. We want to encourage everyone on the Central Coast to #Reconnect with nature. We know that Central Coast residents love nature – that is why we live here but, in the rush and bustle of everyday life, we often don’t take enough time to immerse ourselves in nature’s beauty, poetry and therapy,” Mr Chestnut said.

“That is why we have chosen, in honour of World Environment Day, to call for entries to our #Reconnect amateur photography and short film competition. We want to give everyone who lives on the Central Coast the opportunity to use their smart phone to take a photograph or make a short film about reconnecting with nature,” he said.

“Perhaps you have a favourite spot in nature or a favourite activity you want to depict or perhaps you have a message about reconnecting with nature that you would like to portray in a short, five to 10-minute film.

“#Reconnect is your opportunity to share your talent with the rest of the community.

“Entries are open until September 9 and the winners will be announced at CEN’s Love Trees, Love COSS event to be held at Ourimbah Campus of the University of Newcastle on September 17..

“The winning film and photograph will receive cash prizes,” Mr Chestnut said.

The #Reconnect competition costs $5 per entry, simply visit www.cen.org.au/events, read the conditions of entry and begin to immerse yourself in the creative process.

“CEN’s 25th anniversary is an important milestone for our Executive Committee, life members, staff and volunteers.

“We are proud of our achievements in support of ESD and over the coming months we will be celebrating with the #Reconnect competition, 25th anniversary dinner, forum and COSS Festival.”

All you need to do to enter is print and complete the application form below (also available via the linked document) and you're on your way!




Your name_______________________________________________________________

Contact email_____________________________________________________________

Contact telephone_________________________________________________________

Competition category (X) in one of the following:



Title of your work__________________________________________________________

Brief description of your work (how does it reflect the theme #Reconnect?)



I have read and accept all conditions of entry below:





Conditions of entry

  1.      Fee of $5 applicable per print or film entered and each print or film must be accompanied with a separate application form.
  2.      Maximum of three entries per individual or group.
  3.      Please provide a unique title and description for each entry. In particular, describe how you believe the entry relates to the theme #Reconnect.
  4.      Entries open on June 6 and close at 5pm September 9, 2022
  5.      Photographic entries must be printed and framed or mounted, maximum dimensions 609mm X 901mm and must be delivered to the CEN office at Loop Road, Ourimbah Campus of UoN
  6.      CEN cannot accept digital versions of photographs for this competition.
  7.      Short films (maximum time length of 10 minutes) must be submitted via a file sharing platform or delivered on USB to the CEN office at Loop Road, Ourimbah Campus of UoN and delivered as an MP4 file
  8.      The digital file for the film should be at 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p)
  9.      The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules.
  10.      CEN staff and members of its executive will determine the winners of this competition and all decisions are final and based on how the photograph or film portrays the theme #Reconnect.
  11.      Any entrants deemed ineligible will be notified by phone or email and refunded their full entry fee prior to the announcement of Finalists in July 2022. It is the responsibility of the entrant to determine their eligibility prior to registering.
  12.      All entries must be original works of the entrant and not include images or files that are the copyright-, patented or license-protected works/property of other individuals or organisations.
  13.      It is the responsibility of entrants to organise the collection or return of their film(s) or image(s) from CEN at the conclusion of the competition.
  14.      Entries must have been prepared and finalised within the 12 months immediately prior to World Environment Day, 5 June 2022.
  15.      If you MUST use copyright material please include any permissions you have sought in order to use that material eg background music.
  16.      Entries will not be accepted once the deadline has lapsed.
  17.      Photos or films that portray or otherwise include offensive or inappropriate content will be excluded from the competition and the entrant notified of reasons for exclusion. No correspondence will be entered once entrant has been informed of their exclusion for this reason.
  18.      The Community Environment Network (CEN) will not be liable for any loss or damage to entries or for any infringement of copyright, intellectual property or privacy laws.
  19.      The applicant gives their permission for CEN to exhibit their work(s) to the public including via CEN’s website, social media and in print materials.
  20.       A smaller “viewer’s choice” prize will be given in both the film and photograph category based on votes of those attending the CEN 25th anniversary dinner.

Office use only:

Payment received $_______________________________

Payment type____________________________________

Official entry number______________________________

Event Properties

Event date 17-September-2022
Cut off date 09-September-2022
Individual Price Five dollars per entry

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Contact details

CALL 02 4349 4756

PO Box 149 Ourimbah NSW 2258

FM Building, Central Coast Campus,
University of Newcastle,
Loop Road, Ourimbah,
NSW, 2258