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BUD­DING pho­tog­ra­phers of south­west Queens­land have a chance to flex their cre­ative mus­cle and show­case their best work in this year’s QCWA State Am­a­teur Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion.

Run­ning again in 2019, branches from across the re­gion will take sub­mis­sions as they re­open for the year.

In the last com­pe­ti­tion, two pho­tog­ra­phers from St Ge­orge took out sec­ond plac­ings in their cat­e­gories and QCWA western di­vi­sion pres­i­dent Bar­bara Macmil­lan looks for­ward to see­ing what en­trants will sub­mit this year.

“I will be in­ter­ested to see how many lo­cal branches are go­ing to have a com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

“I know they usu­ally have one in Wal­lum­billa and in Mitchell and we will also have one in St Ge­orge, Dir­ran­bandi and pos­si­bly Bol­lon.

“All of our branches, we hope, will run an in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion in their com­mu­nity.”

Go­ing to the lo­cal group is only step one, with the best from each town to be sent up the lad­der of the Queens­land Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, Mrs Macmil­lan said.

“The win­ners from the branches come to judg­ing at di­vi­sion level and then they go to the south­ern re­gion con­fer­ence for judg­ing there,” she said.

“There are four tiers, so the pho­tos then go from the south­ern meet­ing to the state con­fer­ence.”

Run­ning for about a decade, the pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion was still evolv­ing and the women be­hind it al­ways looked to in­clude a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories, com­pe­ti­tion chair Jenny Whitsed said.

“We take all kinds of pho­to­graphs ex­cept drones at the mo­ment,” Mrs Whitsed said.

“We did have a query about that but none of us had thought about it be­fore, so we are go­ing to look at it for next year.

“This year we’ve in­tro­duced a new cat­e­gory called Cre­ative and Ma­nip­u­la­tive and it is the only one where pho­tos can be dig­i­tally en­hanced by a com­puter edit­ing process, which will be in­ter­est­ing.” ■ Clos­ing date for nom­i­na­tions vary be­tween western di­vi­sion branches.


RE­LAX­ING RIVER: Paula Hetherington's shot of her hus­band took out sec­ond place in the life­style cat­e­gory of the QCWA 2018 State Am­a­teur Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion.

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