Cap­ti­vat­ing desert scene strikes gold

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

TUES­DAY night’s 29th an­nual Heritage Bank Pho­to­graphic Awards had two tal­ented Dar­ling Downs pho­tog­ra­phers take out top hon­ours.

Lead­ing the way was Dalby pho­tog­ra­pher Ja­nine Wa­ters, named open cat­e­gory win­ner for her ma­jes­tic shot Gobi Splen­dour, taken in Mon­go­lia of camels cross­ing the Gobi Desert.

Mean­while, Terry Charles claimed the Al­wyn Kucks Me­mo­rial Award for the best shot from a Toowoomba re­gion pho­tog­ra­pher for his im­age Dream Time.

The win­ners of the pres­ti­gious na­tional con­test were an­nounced in a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Queens­land last night.

Heritage Bank chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter Lock said the com­pe­ti­tion, now in its 29th year, con­tin­ued to show­case the tal­ents of pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers across Aus­tralia.

“The cal­i­bre of the en­tries has been out­stand­ing and the judges had a tough time choos­ing the top 50 pho­to­graphs from the 1300 en­tries,” Mr Lock said.

“The beauty of this com­pe­ti­tion is that there are no back­ground or ex­pe­ri­ence re­stric­tions in place, mean­ing that en­trants as young as seven get in­volved.

“Heritage is very proud that this photography com­pe­ti­tion is one of the long­est run­ning and rich­est in Aus­tralia, with $8000 in prizes on of­fer.”

Once again, Heritage has pur­chased the open, themed, and CEO’s choice win­ners to be­come part of its cor­po­rate art col­lec­tion.

Other pho­tog­ra­phers who did well in­clude Peter Brod­beck from Vic­to­ria, who was run­ner-up in the open cat­e­gory for his shot Tread­ing Wa­ter.

Mark Vi­vian re­ceived a highly com­mended for his photo Leap of Faith, while Liam Hardy from Her­ston took out the Bruce Macken­zie Award for Star­boy.

❝been The cal­i­bre of the en­tries has out­stand­ing and the judges had a tough time choos­ing. — Peter Lock, Heritage Bank CEO

MA­JES­TIC: Ja­nine Wa­ters from Dalby won the open cat­e­gory of the Heritage Bank Pho­to­graphic Awards 2017 for Gobi Splen­dour.

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