Snap­pers in frame for pres­ti­gious prize

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

Two Pil­bara-based pho­tog­ra­phers are on the short list for the US$5000 In­ter­na­tional Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year award.

The snaps of Matt Hut­ton, of Wick­ham, and Sheldon Pet­tit, of Port Hed­land, are among 101 pho­to­graphs in line for the top prize.

Mr Hut­ton’s en­try was taken on a trip to Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park ear­lier this year.

“Hamer­s­ley Gorge is a place that is hard to shoot as it has been done so many times be­fore, but I went with the tra­di­tional for­ward-fac­ing shot,” he said.

“As a place I have been to so many times be­fore, this trip I was pre­pared with a new cam­era and was de­ter­mined to get a great shot.

“I was lucky enough to make the top 101 in the In­ter­na­tional Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.”

Mr Pet­tit’s photo is an ab­stract aerial shot of ex­plo­ration tracks on Lake Le­froy, near Kam­balda.

“I en­joy get­ting up there and get­ting a dif­fer­ent view of the place, whether here in Hed­land, Kal­go­or­lie or Broome,” he said.

“For this one, I did a bit of a trip around the Su­per Pit area, then went out to Kam­balda, where there are a lot of ex­plo­ration roads. I didn’t make the cut last year so I sub­mit­ted another 12 this year and luck­ily one of them was picked.”

Mr Pet­tit said his grand am­bi­tion was to do an aerial shoot over the delta sys­tems in Ice­land.

Both pho­tog­ra­phers have al­ready made the grade to ap­pear in the In­ter­na­tional Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2015 book.

An ILPOTY spokesman said win­ners were due to be an­nounced early this week.

Matt Hut­ton’s shot of Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park.

Sheldon Pet­tit’s aerial photo of Lake Le­froy.

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