Shutterbugs snap happy
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.
Karen Hancock, Susan Lannin, Erin Hardy, Gavin Canning and Nathan Goncalves.
Gavin Canning with his two winning entrants.