IT'S OFFICIAL: This is now the worst drought on record in Australia.
After years of reporting on the impact of drought a team of journalists from Australian Community Media - publisher of The Senior - recently had a conversation about how to create a special publication that truly acknowledged the magnitude of this natural disaster.
And so 100 Stories of Hopewas born. This important project is a collaboration between the journalists at Queensland Country Life, The Land, Stock & Land and Farmonline.
The team felt they needed to provide a historical account of the worst drought on record while also highlighting the incredible work being done on farms and in communities to preserve the welfare of stock, keep producing crops and look after each other.
All 100 stories and more will also be featured online, on the websites of each of these mastheads.
It is our genuine hope sharing these stories will provide some inspiration as we inch ever closer to rain.
Ashley Walmsley has helped launch the project with this wonderful poem, More Green Paint.
As part of the 100 Stories of Hope project, ACM is offering $5000 cash for a photo that best depicts 'hope' at your place.
The competition opened on November 7 and close at 5pm on Friday, January 24, 2020.
To enter all you need to do is send in a photo of 'hope' at your place accompanied by a few words to explain why it shows hope for you.
Throughout the competition some of the best photos will be showcased on our websites taking part in the 100 Stories of Hope - Queensland Country Life, Stock & Land, The Land and Farmonline.
But just because you aren't in Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria, doesn't mean you can't enter the competition - entries will be accepted from all across Australia.
You can read the terms and conditions here.