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The iconic images of the world-renowned wilderness photographer Peter Dombrovskis are the feature of a showcase exhibition to mark the start of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said today a range of events have been organised to celebrate this significant anniversary including the Dombrovskis exhibition at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

"Peter's photograph of Rock Island Bend on the Franklin River is the best known and most powerful image of the world heritage area, so it is fitting we start the celebrations with a tribute to his work," Ms Wriedt said.

The exhibition includes a range of natural flora from the Tasmanian wilderness taken by Mr Dombrovskis and can be found in the visitors centre at the Gardens.

Other events and activities in the celebration include:
o A major world heritage exhibition at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (26 October - 16 December) and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (21 December - 3 February).
o Tasmanian wilderness exhibits at the Burnie, Launceston and Hobart agricultural shows.
o Open days on 8 December at Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair, Mole Creek Karst and Hartz Mountains National Parks, as well as the Strahan Customs House.

"Managing the TWWHA is a responsibility and a privilege, allowing Tasmanians and people from around the world to go to this beautiful place.

"I strongly encourage all Tasmanians to enjoy the open days, talk to one of the scientists who will be available, or take a walk with a ranger and share the wonder of these beautiful places that are in our own backyard."

The Tasmanian wilderness was inscribed on the World Heritage List in December 1982. It covers 1.38 million hectares representing nearly 20 percent of the State.

The area is managed by the Tasmanian Government on behalf of the Australian Government, which is a signatory to the World Heritage Convention.

This financial year the Tasmanian Government has committed more than $15 million to manage the area, with approximately 170 staff from various agencies spending at least part of their time on world heritage related work.

"This is also an opportunity to reflect on the good work done in the last 25 years protecting and preserving this vast, complex and valuable area," Ms Wriedt said.

Dombrovskis images celebrate Tasmania

Liz Dombrovskis and Fiona Rice at the launch of the exhibition showcasing Peter Dombrovskis's images of the World Heritage Area. The exhibition was prepared by Fiona Rice, in conjunction with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Dombrovskis images celebrate Tasmania

The exhibition features small and large scale photographs, as well as plants from the different habitats of the World Heritage Area.

Dombrovskis images celebrate Tasmania

Minister Wriedt with Liz Dombrovskis.