Photo com­pe­ti­tion un­earths top tal­ent

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Craig Burns

The win­ning Geo­science Aus­tralia’s 2015 Top Geoshot photo, a scene of Hamer­s­ley Gorge in Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park.

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