NaturallyGC for nature photographers

Fauna winner, Herman Moller

NaturallyGC Instagram photo competition

Through the month of September, hundreds of locals help us showcase the beauty and biodiversity of the Gold Coast’s natural areas by sharing their nature snaps with us for a chance to win a prize! From our stunning coastal strip to our bush-clad hinterland and unique flora and fauna, there are endless options to explore and capture the natural side of our city.

There are 3 categories for judging which include landscape, flora and fauna. There is also a People’s Choice category, where the top 10 images (excluding the landscape, flora and fauna winners) will be posted on our Facebook page to receive votes (likes) from the public.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 NaturallyGC Instagram Photo Competition!


  • Landscape photo prize is a $200 voucher for Camping Plus, Labrador
  • Flora photo prize is a $200 voucher for Bentleys Camera House, Robina
  • Fauna Photo prize is a $200 voucher for HOTA (Home of the Arts), Surfers Paradise
  • People's Choice prize is a voucher for two adults to experience a Sea World Whale Watching tour valued at $218.

View the winning photos from 2022 NaturallyGC Instagram Nature Photography Competition at the bottom of this page.

Nature photography guidelines

Share your nature experience with the #NaturallyGC hashtag.

It's important for you to be considerate of the impact your images may have. All nature enthusiasts, professionals and admirers should minimise their footprint in nature. The following guidelines have been produced to guide you on ethical nature photography:

  • If on public land, respect restrictions to entry. If any permits (such as entry, campfire or filming) are required, obtain them. Be sure that you understand any special instructions.
  • Stay on designated trails, walk softly and avoid delicate soils and plants.
  • As more people access a site, increased knowledge of sensitive species and this location will result in growing impacts. This is particularly important within declared nature reserves, which have been set aside to protect threatened species and communities. Please be mindful when sharing the location of your image and the impact it can have on our environment.
  • Respect the rights of property owners. Obtain permission from the private landowners prior to taking or sharing images.
  • Never enter prohibited areas – for example: those cordoned off and designated for rehabilitation or protection by Council or National Parks.
  • When sharing images online, use it as a platform to raise awareness about nature conservation and threats to the subjects in your photos.
  • Do not interfere, tamper, disturb, alter or manipulate the natural environment, landscape, or objects within the environment. This could lead to temporary or permanent defacement or destruction.
  • Respect the rights of non-photographers to enjoy nature as well. Don't set up your gear in front of another group or person and ruin their enjoyment.
  • Never leave any rubbish behind.

Acknowledgement NRM South Ethical Nature Photography

2022 competition winners