By JACINTA CUMMINS

THIS year’s Wandoan Photo Challenge attracted 200 entries with submissions from throughout the 100km radius of the competition zone. Winning photos from as far as Drillham, Wallumbilla and north of Yuleba.

Judge Paula Heelan had a hard task picking the winners from what she described as a field of images that told “diverse stories of agricultural production and life and work on the land” and which also spoke “of the people and animals in and around town, the bush lifestyle and stunning landscapes”. 

“Since the Challenge’s inception, the photography standard has continued to strengthen, with so many keen, skilled photographers stepping up,” she said when announcing the winners. 

The competition, sponsored by Senex, offered a total prize of $5,500 to be divided among the winners.

Chris Sinnamon – 3rd place People’s Choice

First-time entrant David Wilson won first place in both the Open Small Town, Big Country and Open Work – General categories. 

His winning action shot (pictured above right) of a rider at the Wallumbilla Rodeo for Small Town, Big Country also took out second place in the Peoples’ Choice category.

Another first-time entrant, Diane Griffin, won first and second place in the Open Work – Close Up category. 

Wandoan’s Caitlyn Bowling won the Young Photographers Small Town, Big Country category with her shot of a rainbow which Paula said was the best “big country” shot of the competition. Caitlyn was also named Young Local Best Photographer for this photo. 

Emily Blackley was awarded Open Local Best Photographer for a joyous shot of her daughter in the rain which also placed second in Open Small Town, Big Country

Previous winner Tania Baker took home first place in the Peoples’ Choice category for her black and white character study of Wandoan’s Jean Harris (picture above left).

Taroom’s Tracee Hay took home the Best Photographer Award as well as second and third place in the Open Work – General category. 

Senex community relations manager Trevor Robertson, who attended the presentation ceremony, congratulated all entrants. 

“As part of the community, Senex is delighted to once again support what is one of the most popular competitions in the Wandoan Show. 

“Work is an integral part of life in Wandoan and district so this year’s new categories of Work, both general and close up, really showcase the diversity of what work means to people in the community.” 

Senex community relations manager Trevor Robertson with Best Photographer Tracee Hay

Wandoan Photo Challenge coordinator Helen Golden said organisers were pleased that so many more entries came from further afield than in previous years, and that the Wandoan Photo Challenge’s social media sites on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn, which went live in October, had helped bring in some of the first-time entrants.

“We have once again seen a strong number of entries and it was really pleasing to see the younger photographers who our judge Paula commended for their unique perspectives and clear, emerging talent,” she said. 

SLIDESHOW OF WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS

2021 Wandoan Photo Challenge results:

Open Class Small Town, Big Country:

1st Place – David Wilson

2nd Place – Emily Blackley

3rd Place – Megan McNicholl

Open Class Work – General

1st Place – David Wilson

2nd Place – Tracee Hay

3rd Place – Tracee Hay

Open Class Work – Close-Ups

1st Place – Diane Griffin

2nd Place – Diane Griffin

3rd Place – Tania Baker

Young Photographers Class Small Town, Big Country

1st Place – Caitlyn Bowling

2nd Place – Ben Moore

3rd Place – Will Bowling

2021 Wandoan Photo Challenge results:

Open Class Small Town, Big Country:

1st Place – David Wilson

2nd Place – Emily Blackley

3rd Place – Megan McNicholl

Open Class Work – General

1st Place – David Wilson

2nd Place – Tracee Hay

3rd Place – Tracee Hay

Open Class Work – Close-Ups

1st Place – Diane Griffin

2nd Place – Diane Griffin

3rd Place – Tania Baker

Young Photographers Class Small Town, Big Country

1st Place – Caitlyn Bowling

2nd Place – Ben Moore

3rd Place – Will Bowling

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