Four westerners win photography comp
THE Museum of Tropical Queensland had a simple challenge to photographers across Queensland: show us your favourite place in the state.
“Your favourite place could be in the natural or urban environment,” the criteria said.
“It could be in your backyard, the beach, the rainforest, the outback, your parent’s house, a certain street, building or park.”
And they got an answer, from as far away as Tasmania and as far west as Birdsville. Around 120 photographers entered nearly 370 photographs.
Judging by the quality of the winners, they got some spectacular work.
The winners of the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s My Favourite Place in Queensland Photography Competition were announced on Tuesday night last week by competition judge Darren Jew at the opening of a display showcasing the winning photographs.
Mr Jew is an internationally award-winning wildlife photographer.
He was supported by the Queensland Museum’s own award-winning scientific, landscape and wildlife photographer Gary Cranitch.
This is the second year the competition has been run.
Queensland Museum Network CEO Professor Suzanne Miller said the competition added a new category this year – the People’s Choice Awards.
Visitors to the museum got a vote, essentially.
“This competition has captured the imaginations of people who live in, and have visited, special places across our amazing state, from remote bush properties near Birdsville to iconic cityscapes in Brisbane, from the gulf town of Kurumba to the beach lifestyle of Currumbin,” Professor Miller said.
The experts and the public disagreed on winners. Only one of the People’s Choice picks even placed.
Jenny Reid, of Windorah, won People’s Choice for her photo Another Outback Vista, losing to competitors from Edge Hill, Woree and Townsville.
Harriet Hacon from Cloncurry (Year 11) beat high school students from Cairns and Burdell.
In primary age category, Daniel Goddard, from Mitchell, took first place.
Dusty Lasker, who lives near Windorah, was a finalist.
Daniel Goddard – in just Year 3, won competition hearts with a dusk shot of a windmill and trees.
Megan Brook, who’s photo has been republished on our front page, won the punters’ hearts with Sunset and My Horse.