The winners of Bega Valley Shire Council's World Oceans Day photography competition have been announced, and the images showcase the beauty of our region.
It is the first time council has celebrated World Oceans Day in this way and acting manager planning and sustainability Derek Van Bracht said the response to the competition was pleasingly overwhelming.
"We had hundreds of entries via council's Instagram account and just as many emailed entries, all showcasing our stunning coastline and wildlife," he said.
"A big thank you to all our very talented local photographers who entered the competition."
World Oceans Day is recognised globally on June 8 to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life, the impact of human actions on the ocean and strive for the sustainable management and protection of the world's oceans.
In a social media post, council said the Bega Valley Shire has the longest coastline of any council in NSW with a unique diversity of amazing local ocean environments.
The competition's prizes were a mix of vouchers from local tourism operators.
Under the competition's rules, all photos had to be taken in the Bega Valley Shire.