RENEE'S TOP 10 PHOTOS
Photo guru is ready for a change
THE Gympie Times bade farewell to a local legend yesterday afternoon with the departure of long-time chief photographer Renee Albrecht.
A well-loved member of the community she has called home for most of her life, “Pilch” built an incredible legacy over her 11-year journey with the Times, earning consistent acclaim and two News Media Award (formerly PANPA) nominations for her work.
On the eve of embarking on her next chapter alongside husband Tyson at Albrecht Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Mrs Albrecht said she would miss “the people” more than anything else.
“I’m going to miss my workmates and (photographing) people in the community equally,” she said.
“It’s been a good journey, it’s been challenging every day but it’s never the same any day and I’ve loved it ... but it’s the right time for a change.
“There’s been a lot of emotional times seeing people at their lowest but you also see people at their highest.
“You can go to an accident one day and be seeing newborn babies the next, it’s the nature of the job.
“I’ve loved showing people in their rawest form, I’m a people person and I think that’s why I got this job in the first place.”
Incoming cameraman Troy Jegers joins the team after previously living in Batemans Bay, Wollongong and Brisbane.
Mr Jegers said he was looking forward to building on an impressive resume, which includes capturing boxer Jeff Horn and the band Sheppard.
“My first camera was a $5 camera my nan bought me at a garage sale and once I got enough money together ... I bought myself a camera and decided I wanted to study photography,” he said.
“Every photographer says their favourite part of the job is capturing a moment in time and sometimes you really are.
“I’m excited to be here, I already feel like a part of the team .”
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: New Gympie Times photographer Troy Jegers takes over from Renee Albrecht after 11 years in the post.
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Larry McArthur at the Goomeri Sewerage plant where water is being diverted into the creek running through his land.
Jeremy Josefski on his Grandfathers farm at Mooloo.
Kia Ora man Steven Osmond recovers from a brown snake bite.
Gympie’s Damon Exarhos before Gymnasticsnationals in Melbourne.
Firemen work tirelessly at the Woolooga Fires.
Ellen McLaughlin and border collie Rusty cool off from hot weather in the Mary River.
The spirit of the 2018 Gympie Muster.
Peter Buchanan at his pineapple farm in Goomborian after the flood.
Chris Callaghan, the new magistrate in Gympie.