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Z Ward Asylum - Take a Photo of Your Favourite State Heritage Place
South Australia has more than 2,000 State heritage listed places, many of them grand, inspiring or beautiful. Not all of these places are heritage buildings - some are natural wonders like the Jenolan Caves at Naracoorte or the coastal cliffs at Second Valley. There are also other listings that are neither a building or a natural feature, such as the Pekina Pound in the Flinders Ranges..
There's a misunderstanding that State heritage places must look good to be listed, but that is not true. A place that has been of significant importance to the State's history is eligible, and also anywhere that demonstrates a high degree of creative, aesthetic or technical accomplishment may be eligible. For better understanding why a place is State heritage listed, see here.
It's very important to preserve heritage places - and there is a payback. People flock from all over the world to see Westminster Abbey, the Taj Mahal, the faded grandeur of Art Deco buildings in Cuba, and the ruins of pyramids in Mexico. This heritage tourism brings large amounts of self sustainable wealth which grows every year.
The Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is the custodian of our heritage buildings in South Australia. Under the oversight of the State Heritage Council, the Heritage Branch ensures that these special places are listed and protected. This year is the 40th anniversary of the introduction of heritage legislation in South Australia and DEW is celebrating the event with the Heritage SnAps Competition.
This competition is not really aimed at professional photographers. It's about you and I taking a quick shot of a heritage place that we love. In fact, the rules say "submitted images must not be subject to any computer image doctoring", so it's all about getting the best shot that you can.
Of course most of us don't have a clue where to find a State heritage place, unlike this enterprising chap on Flickr, who plans to shoot them all. It's actually a breeze to find out by doing a Heritage Places Database Search. Select your suburb/town location in the box, change Heritage Class to either "State" or "State Heritage Area", and click search. It is that easy!
If you prefer to search by keyword such as gaol, cathedral, or memorial, then you can do that too. And if you're looking to find one of around twenty State heritage areas, you can search for them too. You can find State heritage areas at Belair National Park, Port Adelaide, Mount Torrens, Mintaro, Murray Bridge and Mount Gambier to name just a few.
The Heritage SnAps Competition gives you a choice of eight categories to enter, and only one category is open for professional or edited photos. Choose one (or more) categories that suit you, then start snapping away with your camera. There are some awesome prizes to win - a trip for two to Seal Bay, a gift boxed pack of premium 2013 wines from Sevenhill, a night for four at Magpie & Stump Hotel in Mintaro, a tour of the Torrens Island Quarantine Station, or an Adelaide Oval Roof Climb for two.
Entries for the Heritage SnAps Competition close on Sunday 22 July 2018, so why not start snapping some of South Australia's heritage places now? Find all the details of the competition, prizes and rules at the Department for Environment and Water website, and follow Heritage South Australia on Facebook where you're likely to find more ideas for places to take photos.