Thanks Dad National Photo Competition co-ordinator Kay Knights with father/daughter team Rebecca Darko, 9, and Lyndon Darko, of Goonellabah.
Thanks Dad National Photo Competition co-ordinator Kay Knights with father/daughter team Rebecca Darko, 9, and Lyndon Darko, of Goonellabah. Jacklyn Wagner

Keep dads in the frame

ORGANISERS behind a national photography competition promoting male role models have warned it may be cancelled owing to a lack of funding.

The Thanks Dad Photo Competition began 11 years ago to publicly "thank" men who were positive role models for children.

All entries go on a website and form an exhibition that tours around the country.

This year the competition received more than 2000 entries, double last year's figure, and its website received a whopping 585,000 hits last month alone.

But government funding for the program had ended, said Kay Knights, project co-ordinator with Youth Connections North Coast.

"It will stop if we don't get the money coming in," Ms Knights said.

"It takes a lot of time and administration to get it done and we run it on a shoestring out of a tiny office in Lismore."

Father of two and schoolteacher Lyndon Darko said the photo competition recognised the changing role of men in society.

"In the past men were seen as the bread winners.

"They weren't all that communicative and they were distant from their children, but now men are spending more time with their kids and communicating with them better," he said.

The competition celebrated men who were great role models for children, he added.

"I think it's great. I think everyone needs a pat on the back and a thanks," he said.

Youth Connections is now calling on the community to get behind the program by making donations.

"It's not an expensive program and it achieves a huge amount," Ms Knights said.

"But we can't run it on nothing."

For more information go to www.thanksdadphotos.org.au.


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