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THE increasingly popular annual Wandoan Photo Challenge is fielding entries for its 2021 competition, with more than 250 stunning images expected to be nominated.

The event, sponsored by Senex, last year attracted 100 more entries than in 2019. See below for winning images from 2020.

Organisers say hopes are high for an even greater number. This year a total of $5,500 in prize money is up for grabs.

The competition’s Facebook and Instagram platforms have begun featuring some great photos submitted by local photographers and by those visiting the Wandoan area.

“‘Work’ is the big thing in 2021. We have two new categories – ‘Work general’ and ‘Work close-ups’,” said event co-ordinator Helen Golden.

“The first category is for normal work photos and the second is for close-up shots capturing the finer details of work.

“Work is central to our lives. It’s not only the standard country pursuits and multitude of resources jobs, but also the ‘invisible’ work many undertake like cooking, caring for others and cleaning.

“It can be work performed by retail and office workers; doctors, nurses, emergency workers and volunteers.

“We also look forward to seeing photos focused on the details: the farrier nailing a shoe onto a horse’s hoof, the leather maker crafting a bridle or mending a saddle, or something as simple as sewing a button onto that favourite work shirt.”

Senex community relations manager Trevor Robertson said the work categories summed up what makes Wandoan and district “great”.

“We know that not only do people work hard in their day job, but even after they’ve clocked off they often work after hours to put on community events like the races and shows,” he said.

“We see them behind the BBQ or working the bar or at working bees the day before.

“Work is part of daily life and we’re all looking forward to seeing the entries showcasing the diversity of what work means to different people in the Wandoan, Miles, Taroom and Chinchilla local area.”

A third category, ‘Small Town, Big Country’, is for all non-work related photos.

Photographs must have been taken after 31 March, 2020, within a 100 km radius of Wandoan.

For a full list of rules and guidelines, and to enter your photos, visit www.wandoanphotochallenge.com.

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