Shut­ter­bugs snap happy

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

Some of Kar­ratha’s best lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers have had their work lauded at Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre’s pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

Six­teen pic­tures were cho­sen to be used by the vis­i­tor cen­tre to mar­ket the re­gion.

Gavin Can­ning, Nathan Gon­calves, Karen Hancock, Erin Hardy and Su­san Lan­nin were each pre­sented with a prize on the night by the Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity.

Can­ning said his Hear­son’s Cove shot, which had proven very pop­u­lar, came down to a stroke of luck.

“It was low tide, I no­ticed the lovely lit­tle puffy clouds in the sky and the re­flec­tion was per­fect, which is un­usual, as of­ten you don’t have enough wa­ter,” he said.

“I in­stantly re­alised it would be a good pic­ture.”

Can­ning said it was nice as a pho­tog­ra­pher to know his work was ap­pre­ci­ated. “Know­ing that some­one will get plea­sure out of your cre­ation is a good thing — it al­ways makes you feel good,” he said.

“Plus, it gets you out in the great out­doors — it’s a good rea­son to go for a drive.” Kar- ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre man­ager Jane Knapp said more than 150 pic­tures were en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Choos­ing win­ners was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult,” she said.

We had to keep re­mind­ing our­selves it was about mar­ket­ing the area.

“In the end, we thought th­ese 16 re­ally cap­tured where we live.

“We want peo­ple to drive past a sign or bill­board with th­ese pic­tures on it and go ‘we have to come to Kar­ratha’.”

Ms Knapp said it was good to have so many peo­ple in­ter­ested in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The pho­tos have been auc­tioned off from the vis­i­tor cen­tre.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Karen Hancock, Su­san Lan­nin, Erin Hardy, Gavin Can­ning and Nathan Gon­calves.

Gavin Can­ning with his two win­ning en­trants.

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