“The entire environment is your backyard” Costa, Junior Landcare Ambassador

Costa is asking kids across Australia to grab a camera and snap photos of the flora and fauna in their backyard.

Joining forces with Junior Landcare, the popular TV star and Landcare champion has launched the ‘What’s In Your Backyard?’ campaign to encourage the next generation to get outside and document what’s in their local environment.

So tell us your story about what’s in your backyard?

Can you find lizards, insects, bees or butterflies? Are you growing a yummy vegetable or herb garden in your backyard? What about a favourite tree that provides habitat for native birds? Do you have beautiful flowers that bees love to visit?

Take a photo, tell us what’s in your backyard and why it is important to you.

Costa said: “Junior Landcare rocks because it 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. With Junior Landcare, it’s something we can do together.”

What’s your backyard?

Your backyard might be a garden. If you live in an apartment, your garden could be plants on your balcony. You may live near a park or bushland area, or a river or wetland. You may live on the coast close to the sea, or on a farm. Your local environment is your backyard!

You can submit a photo as an individual or as a school. There are four categories that you can submit your photo:

  • 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.

If you enter as a school you will automatically be entered into the school prize category in addition to any of the four categories that you select.

Get Involved

It is easy to get involved and you can submit as many photos as you like. Closing date is Friday 1 May 2020. 

Step 1. Simply submit your photo to Junior Landcare in the form below

Step 2. Select a category that best suits your photo

Step 3. Tell us why this photo is important to you

Step 4. Fill in your contact details so we can get in touch with you if you win!

Prizes to be Won!

The major school prize winner will receive a visit from Costa. Plus Junior Landcare is giving away ten cameras valued at $250 for the winners. Commendable entries will receive a Junior Landcare cap.

Who can Enter?

Individual entries: Children of all ages can enter, they can be assisted by parents and carers, schools and educators, youth groups, landcare and other community groups.

School entries: All Australian schools are eligible to enter.

  • A photo must be submitted by a child under the age of 18, they can be assisted by a teacher, parent or guardian.
  • Entrants who best capture what is in their backyard and describe why this photo is important to the child will be deemed the winners.
  • The judging panel will identify the winners.
  • The judging panel will include Costa and the Junior Landcare team.
Terms and Conditions
  • You can submit more than one photo to multiple categories
  • By submitting your photo, you acknowledge that Landcare Australia may publish and promote your photo/s on the website, social media, media relations and other communications
  • Prizes will be awarded to a photo and description that meets the criteria. The judge’s decision is final and there will be no correspondence entered into it.
  • Junior Landcare caps will be posted to commendable entries as nominated by the judges.
  • Camera prizes are valued at $250 inclusive of GST
  • Costa will visit at an Australia school subject to his availability in 2020 or 2021 and subject to the guidelines and instructions from the Junior Landcare and Costa’s management team.  

Credit: Video photo location Randwick Sustainability Hub, Randwick City Council