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Locals snap us prizes

Thursday, 14th August, 2008

The results of the "Life & Light in the Western Catchment" photographic competition were announced this week and there were many locals among the prizewinners.

Open Colour:

Winner "Life Line" - Andrew Barnes, Bourke.

Runner up "Changing Seasons, Changing Fortunes" - Andrew Barnes, Bourke. Highly Commended "Time to go" - Helen Murray, Broken Hill.

"Bush Orchid" - Helen Lavers, Millthorpe.

Open Black and White:

Winner "On the road to change" - Jo Coleman, Walgett.

Runner-up "Prime" - Helen Lavers, Millthorpe. Highly Commended "Faith in the Wool Job" - Jo Coleman, Walgett. "Kids Playing" - Debbie Symonds, Broken Hill.

Secondary Student:

Winner "Life among the drought" - Brodie Nugent, Broken Hill.

Runner-up "Dog 2" - Chloe Howard, Ivanhoe. Highly Commended "Road RIP" - Hayley Lawrence, Broken Hill. "Desert Rain" - Kellie Leaver, Broken Hill.

Primary Student:

Winner, runner up and highly commended - James Turner, Waverton.

The Western Catchment Management Authority's (CMA) Communications Officer, Maree Barnes, said each photo was assessed for composition, suitability to theme, focus or sharpness of image, exposure and creativity.

The judging panel in Cobar took five hours to assess the 259 photographs, Ms Barnes said.

The winning photograph of the open colour section by Andrew Barnes of Bourke was an aerial shot of an irrigated landscape. 

The photo also fitted the theme of "Embracing Change" well, the judges said. Bourke has become synonymous with irrigated agriculture but the drought has meant that no cotton has been grown around Bourke in four of the seven years since 2001 and horticulture production  has been reduced to a minimum.

The judges said they loved the colour of "Life amongst the drought" by Brodie Nugent of Broken Hill, which won the secondary school section.

"It contrasted the colourful dress of the young girl smelling the bright plants with the paving and sandstone buildings and really communicated that life and vitality can survive through a drought."

BH High student Brodie (15) said that photography classes at school had sparked her interest. 

Brodie said she was surprised to win and would probably enter more competitions. 

Her photo was taken in the garden of the old convent and features friend Hannay Curtis. 

James Turner of Waverton in Sydney blitzed the primary school section, winning all four prizes. He is in Year 6 and took the photographs whilevisiting his relatives, Barry and Annette Turner, on Polpah Station near White Cliffs.

The photographs were displayed at the Western Catchment Landcare Forum, held in White Cliffs, last week and will be featured at various venues in the future.

The winning photographs from the competition will be on display at the Back O' Bourke Gallery and can also be viewed on the Western Catchment Management Authority's website at www.western.cma.nsw.gov.au

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