We all love to share beautiful pictures on our social media – and now there is an extra incentive.
Destination NSW has invited everyone to share their favourite snaps and holiday moments, with the tag #ILoveNSW and the winner gets to receive a Canon camera.
So, given we love this idea, we are going to share some inspiration of landscape images during the ‘Golden Hour’, the magical hour shortly after sunrise or before sunset when light is redder and softer. And it may come as no surprise that up to 30 per cent of user generated content shared with @Sydney and @visitNSW is taken at this time.
Here’s the deal for all aspiring photographers, snap-happy visitors and proud locals – simply submit videos and photos of your favourite NSW holiday moments at visitnsw.com/ilovensw
, and share them on Instagram and Twitter using #ILoveNSW. The best videos will be selected to become part of a series of eight curated short films that will showcase the rich and diverse holiday destinations in NSW. Prizes are offered to winning submissions.
“NSW has a wealth of beautiful holiday destinations that offer great experiences and great photograph opportunities, especially when it comes to sunset and sunrise vantage points from beaches, scenic look-outs and headlands,” says Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase.
Australia’s leading travel Instagrammer, Lauren Bath, prefers to shoot at sunrise and sunset. “Sunrise is my favourite time to shoot destinations. Most visitors tend to forgo the sunrise wake-up, but I recommend everyone gets out and about at least once – it’s worth it,” she adds.
“NSW is hard to beat for those perfect coastal mornings shoots. There isn’t a stretch of coastline quite like it in the world. As for sunsets, taking a drive out west beyond the Blue Mountains guarantees warm afternoon light and stunning country scenes.”
To inspire locals and holidaymakers to capture the Golden Hour, Lauren Bath recommends a few of NSW’s great sunrise and sunset experiences and locations.
1. One of Lauren Bath’s favourite spots to watch the sunset on the NSW South Coast is from the light house at Wollongong, where you are guaranteed a great photo as the sky changes with vibrant pinks, purples, yellows and oranges.
2. Sit back and relax with a glass of local wine at Elton’s Café in Mudgee and watch the sun set over this picturesque country town with its historic streetscape.
3. During Winter, snowboarders brave the brisk early mornings to catch the sun rise, and to be the first to hit the slopes at Blue Cow at Perisher in the NSW Snowy Mountains.
4. Rise early and salute the sun with morning yoga at sunrise at Hat Head National Park on the NSW North Coast.
5. Enjoy outdoor outback art at the Living Desert Sculptures in Broken Hill and watch the sun set far on the horizon. From this vantage point, see flocks of native birds taking flight and experience the vastness of outback Australia.
6. From lookouts in the Blue Mountains, watch the sunrise over the misty Grose Valley in this stunning World Heritage-listed National Park.
7. Roll out the picnic blanket and relax with friends and family on the grassy parklands of Shellharbour and watch the sunset over this beautiful harbour on the NSW South Coast.
#ILoveNSW runs for 8 weeks from 28 March, with the eight finalists announced on 5 June 2017. The best video contributions will win a Canon prize pack, which includes a Canon EOS M3 Single Lens Kit and a photography tutorial.
For more information, and to view a series of ‘What I Love About Holidays in NSW’
videos produced by Destination NSW visit:www.visitnsw.com/ilovensw