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Charli’s fine eye

Monday, 9th September, 2019

Charli Smith’s ‘Beauty After The Dust’, Colour Secondary winner at the 2019 Life and Light Photo Competition. Charli Smith’s ‘Beauty After The Dust’, Colour Secondary winner at the 2019 Life and Light Photo Competition.

By Callum Marshall

The Life and Light in the Western Region Photo Competition has helped highlight some great photographers across the Far West, none more so than 18-year-old Charli Smith from White Cliffs.

Charli won in both the Secondary Colour and Secondary Black and White categories of this year’s competition, which was jointly run by Western Local Land Services and Western Landcare NSW.

The Colour winner ‘Beauty After The Dust’ is a stunning image Charli took after a major dust storm had just passed.

“That was taken after one of the worst dust storms that we’ve had last year,” she said.

“I really liked the colour in it so I thought that it’d be really good for the Secondary Colour (category.)

“And I thought it went well with the (Competition’s) theme (which) was ‘Beyond the Dust.’”

Having won the same category last year, as well as putting in four entries for each category this year, Charli said she’d keep entering the competition in the years ahead.

“It’s my favourite competition,” she said.

“And it’s really good, I think ... not just (for) me but a lot of people around here that also enter.

“I’ve had a few people from town, and a lot of people who live far away that I’ve met or ... come across at events, that have come up to me to talk about my photography.

“On the internet, we’ve had a few people comment on my photos.”

Another winner at last month’s awards, Ruth Sandow, noticed Charli’s talent and has helped her out in the past as well.

“Ruth lives not far from me and she helped me a little bit with my photography when I was just starting out,” said Charli.

“It was a really big help.”

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