New South Wales
To celebrate Mother’s Day and everything that’s wonderful about being a mum, North Shore Mums is delighted to launch a photo competition to find all the amazing ‘images of motherhood’ from local mums across the North Shore.
Too often, mums are the ones behind the camera. But it’s time for us to get in the frame to make sure we’ve got photos to look back on that capture those special moments we spend with our children.
As they say, the days are long but the years are short – and you don’t want to regret not having any photos with your children!
We’re calling upon North Shore Mums to go through their photo libraries and to share their favourite photo of themselves with their children.
It doesn’t need to be a professional photo, just something that you look back on with fond memories and it makes you smile – whether it’s holding your baby for the first time, enjoying some beach time on a family holiday, that first day of school or something a little bit more candid. It can be beautiful, it can be funny… it can be posed, or it can be ‘real’. Find that special pic that captures a moment of your motherhood!
Whilst all the entrants will get those money-can’t-buy warm & fuzzy feelings as they take a trip down memory lane, the best 10 Images of Motherhood will each receive a Family Pass to Featherdale Wildlife Park – so that they can create some more super special memories with the family.
Plus the ultimate best photo, as determined by the voters of North Shore Mums, will win Sydney’s Ultimate VIP Wildlife Experience at Featherdale for up to 6 people, worth $650. The experience includes:
Simply choose your favourite photo of you with your children that encapsulates motherhood, and enter via one of the following ways:
But hurry, entries close midnight on Sunday 29 April 2018.
Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of native wildlife. From the initial greeting by the swaggie at the entrance to the park, visitors are invited to take a walk on the wild side and meet over 1,700 animals from more than 280 different species. As well as many Koalas and Kangaroos, features include face-to-face encounters with all kinds of wildlife including Wallabies, Emus, an amazingly diverse range of birds and 40 species of reptiles in the Reptilian Pavilion.
You will also get the chance to encounter some more unexpected highlights such as Bettongs, Little Penguins, Wombats, a 4.5-metre Saltwater Crocodile and 30 species of endangered or vulnerable animals including Bilbys. Have a personal encounter with a Koala and hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies.
Located at Doonside, en route to the famous Blue Mountains, Featherdale is Sydney’s ‘hands on’ wildlife experience.
To give you a little inspiration, we asked the mums behind the North Shore Mums website to find a photo they love and share why it’s meaningful to them…
‘It was next to impossible to select just one image from the hundreds of thousands that we have taken over the last eight years of parenthood! But I decided to choose this photo of me adoringly looking at our first born daughter, Scarlett, when she was about two weeks old. We were in those early days of parenthood when everything was a hazy fog and we were still figuring out what to do with a baby. It was such a surreal time, and I look back on that period with such fondness (although it was such a huge adjustment at the time). We would spend so long trying to get her to go to sleep… and as soon as she finally closed her eyes, we’d spend our time gazing adoringly at her waiting for her to wake up.’ – Rachel
‘I’ve just become a mum (again) to a new little boy, Leo. This image of my daughter and I together is one of the last taken before his birth. It’s a precious one because it represents the last of a special time between us, when she had me all to herself. I knew even as we took in the scent of beautiful blossoms and picked mulberries from the spreading trees that it might be some time before we could find that calm, green place again and enjoy each other’s company, just the two of us. I knew, even if she didn’t yet, that little life was going to change forever when we welcomed her little brother in the coming days and so my joy in exploring the flowers with her was also tinged with sadness for the two beautiful years we had shared together, as I said goodbye to that time and the lessons I had learned about motherhood.’ – Lucy
‘Every time I see this picture, it brings a smile to my face. The whole day was surreal!
My then 4-year-old son Jimi was obsessed with Linda Mottram (morning show presenter/journalist on ABC702). I wrote an email to say thanks and hoping that she might say hello to him on the show, but instead I got a phone call from the producer asking if we could come in to be on the show the next day!
I was totally star-struck, but I hadn’t properly prepared Jimi. I’m fairly sure he had his own idea of what Linda looked like and when he met her, that wasn’t it, so he became very shy and withdrawn. He still got on the airwaves and asked some great questions like “how does your voice get in our car?” which prompted a follow up show on how radio works that was recorded at the Hornsby Fountain. Richard Glover also picked up the theme and did a segment that afternoon asking people to share stories on when they had “Chucked a Jimi”, that is, when they were super interested in something that wasn’t meant for their age group.
On the way out of the studio still dazed from the experience, I bumped into a friend who worked in another part of the ABC. She offered to take us to check out their library and there we found these larger than life Play School stars – Humpty, Jemima and a massive Little Ted.
We got a picture with them and I think our faces show the enormity of the whole day, a mixture of happiness and bewilderment. I just love this photo!’ – Bianka
‘This is my favourite photo. It’s not the most attractive photo of us all, but I love this pic as we are having so much fun! Love looking at each of the kids and their different reactions! Despite the drizzle during our holiday to Legoland we had a blast and the rollercoaster was one of the kids favourite rides (we lost count how many times they went on it!). It’s something we do together as Daddy holds the bags :-).We are creating memories that will last forever and they are already asking to go back there!’ – Maryka