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Bourke residents shine in annual photography competition

Five Bourke residents took out eight of nine categories and $1300 in prize money in the annual Life and Light in the Western Region Photography Competition, which was announced at the Broken Hill Regional Art Centre tonight.

Budding amateur photographer Kylie Fisher was the most successful, earning three awards including first place in the Open Colour category, valued at $250, for her entry called 'Free As A Bird'.

Other winners included:

- Ali Bragg who won second place in both the Secondary Colour and Secondary Black and White categories, valued at $100 each, for 'Budgies' and 'King of the Road'.
- Adelaide Fisher also won two second place awards for her work 'Western Storms' in the Primary Colour category and 'Once a Loved Home' in the Primary Black and White category, each valued at $100.
- Greg Robertson took the top prize, valued at $300, in the Open Sustainable Agriculture category for 'Yarding Goats' as well as a High Commendation for 'Drafting Goats'.
- Michaela Fisher earned a High Commendation in the Open Digital Manipulation category for 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'.

The Life and Light in the Western Region Photography Competition has been held annually since 1997.

Local Land Services Western Region's Acting General Manager, Erlina Compton, said this year's competition has been the most successful held to date.

"We expanded the competition by partnering with Western Landcare, so we had nine categories on offer this year," Ms Compton said.

"As a result we received a record number of applications from across the nation – over 400 – which made it very difficult for the judges to decide on the winners.

"This year's entries showcase the diversity of the far west and celebrate our connection with our community and our unique landscape.

"I'd like to congratulate each of the Bourke winners on their success."

All shortlisted photographs are being exhibited at the Broken Hill Regional Art Centre until the end of January 2016.

The Life and Light in the Western Region Photography Competition is open to all amateur photographers but the photographs must be taken in the Western Region.

Media contact: Michelle McGranahan 0428 784 282