THE competition is called the Wandoan Photo Challenge but it was a photo taken by Carmen Keeffe near Condamine which won first prize in the People’s Choice Awards.

The same image also placed second in the Kids at Play category, with Judge Paula Heelan describing it as nicely composed with good light and great focus.

“It’s a lovely capture of bush kids playing with trucks in the dirt – a familiar, heart-warming sight,” she said.

“The standard of entries improves year on year, making the task of judging far from easy.

“The photos entered pull on the heart strings, make you smile and essentially, beckon you to the bush.”

Senex Energy community relations manager Trevor Robertson presented local happy snappers and professional photographers from as far away as Brisbane with $5500 of prizes on April 1.

“Senex is absolutely delighted to sponsor the Photo Challenge for the fifth year,” he said.

“It’s great to see good outcomes from unfortunate events like the Show cancellation.

Playing by the cattle yards by Carmen Keeffe won the People’s Choice category

“The Wandoan Photo Challenge went online just as it did during the height of Covid-19 and it not only survived, but thrived.”

This year was the competition’s most successful yet with 257 entries compared to just 79 when it was first held in 2017.

Taroom’s Tracee Hay won first in both the Small Town, Big Country and Adults at Play categories with action shots from the Wandoan Rodeo while David Wilson of Brisbane’s photo of kids playing rugby league near Wallumbilla took out first in Kids at Play.

It was the first time that Chinchilla’s Donna Reading entered and it paid off with her shot Dino Racers placing second in Adults at Play.

Dino Racers by Donna Reading placed second in Adults at Play

Tomorrow’s photographers were well represented with Georgina Dahl’s aerial image overlooking a feedlot winning the Young Photographer’s category while Matthew Newton placed second with a quintessential bush image of cattle.

At just five years old, it’s clear Tessa Blackley has inherited her mother Emily’s eye with My little sister placing third in Young Photographers.

Tessa’s little sister also featured in a photo which saw Emily Blackley awarded Best Wandoan Local Photographer while James Klass was named Best Wandoan Local Young Photographer.


It was a family affair for Tania Baker and Jacynta Booth with the mother daughter duo both winning prizes for separate images of Jacynta’s son Henry at play.

The Best Photographer Award went to Tracee Hay for the second year running with the judge commending her “skilfully taken images” that are “vibrant, well composed and have the ‘wow’ factor”.

Trevor Robertson thanked everyone involved.

“This competition has gone from strength to strength,” he said.

“It’s more than just a favourite Wandoan Show competition, it attracts attention from much further afield than Wandoan with entries coming in from the very edges of the 100km radius.

“It shows how good life out here is and Senex is proud to share this with the community.”

For all results and photos, head to

The Judge’s Top 30 photos are on display at the Wandoan Cafe. 


Adults at Play

1. Beef man won Adults at Play. Tracee Hay.

2. Dino Racers placed second in Adults at Play. Donna Reading.

3. All the fun at the rodeo by the entrants placed third in Adults at Play. David Wilson.

Kids at Play

4. Kids enjoying their rugby league match won Kids at Play. David Wilson

5. Playing by the cattle yards placed second in Kids at Play. Carmen Keeffe

6. Mud man placed third in Kids at Play. Jacynta Booth

Small Town, Big Country

7. Team event won Small Town, Big Country. Tracee Hay

8. From little things, big things grow placed second in Small Town, Big Country. Tania Baker

9. A hard working man placed third in Small Town, Big Country. Diane Griffin

Young Photographers Small Town, Big Country

10. On top of the world – looking out over the feedlot won Young Photographers: Small Town, Big Country. Georgina Dahl

11. Country life placed second in Young Photographers: Small Town, Big Country. Matthew Newton

12. My little sister placed third in Young Photographers: Small Town, Big Country. Tessa Blackley

People’s Choice 

13. Playing by the cattle yards won People’s Choice. Carmen Keeffe

14. Small town, big country was voted second in People’s Choice. Margot Taylor

15. Hey Dave! was voted third in People’s Choice. Tracee Hay

Best Wandoan Local Photographers

16. Emily Blackley was named Best Wandoan Local Photographer for The creek is up!

17. James Klass was named Best Wandoan Local Young Photographer for Big storm at the silo.

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