BUILDING regional Australia was the focus of a unique photography competition launched by Southern Cross University at the weekend in celebration of its new engineering program.
Keen snappers around the country have been asked to send in photos which depict the contrast between natural and built environments or how they can compliment each other.
Examples could also include photos which create intrigue about an aspect of engineering, reveal a unique or striking engineering observation or invoke new perspectives about the built environment in regional Australia.
The top pictures will be displayed at the Lismore campus' new engineering building and will feature in next year's university calendar.
The competition coincides with SCU offering its first civil engineering degree.
SCU Professor of Engineering Scott Smith said it also offered a creative way for the community to become aware of the relevance of engineering in their lives.
"Engineering is all around us," Prof Smith said
"We are focused towards equipping our graduates with fundamental and practical engineering knowledge and skills that can assist them in dealing with regional as well as global engineering challenges."
The winner will take home a new Lytro camera that allows photographers to focus or refocus images on a computer.
Prizes will also be awarded in the highly commended and people's choice categories.
Entries close July 22.
For more information visit the SCU website.