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Photo competition winners capture their place in region

Cobar and Bourke residents topped the list of prize winners in the annual Local Land Services Western Region photographic competition, which attracted more than 160 entries from budding photographers of all ages.

From dogs in the grass to foggy mornings, generations of one family and boxing kangaroos - these were the images captured by community members in the sixteenth annual competition.

Community Education Officer, Fiona Harris said the competition theme was "My Place", which encouraged entrants to explore ideas of belonging and connection that can be expressed through both natural and man-made aspects of the landscape.

"The judges commented that this year's theme really brought out the entrants' passion about where they live and their connection to the western landscape," Ms Harris said.

"It was great to see that the quality of entries was high and the subjects diverse, while we also had a strong response from local school students in this year's competition."

Laura Gurney of Cobar took out first prize in the Open Colour section with her photo of her daughter Chloe, titled Mother Earth, while a picture she called Cobar Moon won the Open Digital section.

Bourke teenager, Sophie Bragg won the Open Black and White section with her picture of a willy wagtail bird sitting on a sprinkler at Beemery Station, which she called Master of all I survey.

Sophie's twin sister, Ali Bragg won the Secondary Students section with a photo titled Coming Home, which captured a flock of corellas flying over the Darling River.

Ali was also named runner up in the secondary section, while Sophie was awarded highly commended for two of her entries.

One of the competition's youngest entrants, Hayden Nicholson of Year 1 at St John's Primary School in Cobar, won first place in the Primary School section with his umbrella grass photo, titled  Umbrellas.

With the exception of entrants in the Staff and Relatives category, who don't receive prize money, all other winners received $250, while the runners-up took home prizes of $50.

Ms Harris said the winning entries would be exhibited throughout the western region, and would be posted on the Local Land Services Western Region website

"It is very encouraging that this competition has shown the connection people in this region have with the land and what they see as their place in this region," Ms Harris.

"It is particularly rewarding to see so many entries from students who show us a completely different perspective to their lives and the landscape.

2014 Photo Competition Winners

 

First Name

Surname

Town

School (if applicable)

Open Colour

       

First

Laura

Gurney

Cobar

NA

Runner Up

Chris

Ferguson

Bourke area

NA

Highly Commended

Narelle

Green

Cobar

NA

Highly Commended

Narelle

Green

Cobar

NA

Highly Commended

Emma

Ayliffe

Menindee

NA

Open Black and White

       

First

Sophie

Bragg

Bourke area

Fairholme College - Toowoomba boarding

Runner Up

Jane

Murray

Bourke area

NA

Open Digital

       

First

Laura

Gurney

Cobar

NA

Runner Up

Emma

Boede

Bourke area

NA

Secondary

       

First

Ali

Bragg

Bourke area

Fairholme College - Toowoomba boarding

Runner Up

Ali

Bragg

Bourke area

Fairholme College - Toowoomba boarding

Highly Commended

Sophie

Bragg

Bourke area

Fairholme College - Toowoomba boarding

Highly Commended

Sophie

Bragg

Bourke area

Fairholme College - Toowoomba boarding

Highly Commended

Claudia

Johnston

Broken Hill

Wylliana High School

Primary

       

First Place

Hayden

Nicholson

Nymagee

St John's Primary School Cobar

Runner Up

James

Turner

Cobar

Cobar Public School

Staff/Relatives

       

First

Amy

Gunn

Nymagee

 

Runner Up

Rob

Grant

Cobar

Cobar High School

Highly Commended

Rob

Grant

Cobar

Cobar High School