Urangan Pier.
Urangan Pier. Tracey Joynson

Could your photos help cheer up patients?

ARE you a budding photographer wanting to contribute to the new St Stephen's Hospital?

Here's your chance to showcase what's great about the Fraser Coast and have your photo framed and hung in a patient room.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell and St Stephen's acting general manager Terence Seymour have launched a campaign to find photographs from community members that celebrate the best images of the Fraser Coast.

The hospital will have more than 90 ensuited rooms and is due to be finished in August, with plans to start admitting patients in October.

Mr Seymour said it was important the hospital, the first fully integrated digital hospital in Australia, was truly reflective of the community it serves.

"We feel that it is important that this hospital not only showcases and delivers high-quality healthcare services, but also reflects the best of the environment in which it is situated," he said.

"Through this project, we would like to bring a little bit of the Fraser Coast to our patients during their stay with us.

"We are seeking high-quality photographs of iconic images that are significant to this area, or shots that showcase the unique natural environment in which we live."

Mr Seymour said there were definitely some wonderful images in our region.

"Including Hervey Bay, Maryborough and surrounding districts and it would be great to use these images to bring a bit of lightness into the lives of our patients during a difficult time," he said.

Cr O'Connell said he supported the project and congratulated the hospital for supporting the Fraser Coast region.

"The Fraser Coast has plenty to boast about, and it's wonderful to see its uniqueness celebrated in this way," he said.

"It is also great to see the images being used in such a positive way, and helping people to recover while they visit the hospital."

All amateur photographers are invited to submit their image to the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

Management from St Stephen's Hospital will view the images and select which ones are suitable for a hospital setting.

Wide Bay Gallery and Harvey Norman will assist in printing and framing the pictures.

The hospital is especially interested in nature scenes and well known landmarks, such as the Scarness Pier or the historic images of Maryborough.

It is preferred no images of people be used.

Finished photographs should be 350mm high x 450mm wide and can be emailed to competition@frasercoastchronicle.com.au by July 4. They can also be handed in at The Chronicle front counters.