The Byron Bay SLSC is due for a face lift.
The Byron Bay SLSC is due for a face lift. Patrick Gorbunovs

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SURF Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and Dulux are giving happy snappers the chance to win $1000 for their favourite surf lifesaving club and $250 for themselves by taking a photo of their club.

Surf clubs are a wonderful symbol of Australian culture, encompassing our love of the beach and resilience, standing tall through rain, hail or shine. They are a critical safety service.

Each year volunteer surf lifesavers, paid lifeguards and rescue services perform more than 11,000 rescues around Australia's coast.

Plus the cherished surf club buildings are perched on some of the most picturesque places in the world.

So Dulux and SLSA want photographers to get out there and take pictures of their club in whatever weather condition, to promote the beauty of the club, raise awareness and possibly raise funds.

The competition runs until November with five winners, one each month.

It is part of a bigger initiative started by Dulux in December, because many of these treasured buildings were becoming dilapidated.

Therefore as part of their surf club project, Dulux decided to donate up to 100 litres of WeatherShield paint to each SLSA club to restore their exterior, freeing up the limited and valuable funds of the clubs for other things, such as important safety equipment.

Since the idea was formed in December, more than 150 of the 310 clubs in Australia have signed on for the project.

Spokeswoman for the competition, Cristina Rudnicki, said the project initiative aims to protect clubs because they protect beachgoers and that the competition is a positive, fun, and easy way to get involved.

Anybody can enter as many photos as they like.

The only requirement is the club must be in the picture.

Photographers simply upload photos to Instagram or Flickr with the hashtag #duluxsurf or email it to surf

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