Photo competition unearths top talent
■ We are a snap-happy bunch here in the Pilbara and it seems the landscape is so endearing to east coasters that even out of towners can take competition-winning shots of the region.
Australian Capital Territory photographer Craig Burns was the overall winner of the Geoscience Australia’s 2015 Top Geoshot photo competition with his snap of Hamersley Gorge, which can be found in the Karijini National Park.
The annual Federal Government-run competition aims to showcase the country’s geology, encouraging photos that show off unique aspects of earth science.
Mr Burns photo was picked out of a field of 315 national entries as the best representation of this year’s theme Rock Stars.
The photographer has been behind the camera for 30 years and is attracted to landscape and likes to be absorbed by details.
His winning photo looks more like a horizon-bending scene from the film Inception than real life as the ground and cliffs rise in different angles in the frame, accentuated by the pinks, reds, purples and greys of iron ore country.
Geoscience Australia’s chief executive Chris Pigram said the competition was designed to raise awareness of the country’s geological heritage.
“Earth science is all around us and makes a significant difference to our everyday lives,” he said. “Entries in this year’s competition were of a very high standard, emphasising Australia’s natural beauty by creatively capturing many of our natural tourism features and magnificent landscapes.
“It was great to see such a wide representation from across the nation, with a large proportion of entries coming from New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia.”
The competition has three categories — junior, intermediate and open.
To view entries, go to https:// www.flickr.com/groups/topgeoshot2015/ or visit http:// www.ga.gov.au/home to find out where the images will be displayed.
The winning Geoscience Australia’s 2015 Top Geoshot photo, a scene of Hamersley Gorge in Karijini National Park.