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Broken Hill residents shine in annual photography competition

Five Broken Hill residents took out a share of the prizes in the annual Life and Light in the Western Region Photography Competition, which was announced at the Broken Hill Regional Art Centre tonight.

The main prize, the People's Choice Award sponsored by Far West Rural Supplies, was won by Lauren Byrne for her entry called 'Kickin Up the Dust', which earned her $500 in prize money.

Other winners from the Broken Hill region were:
- Logan Miller who won the secondary colour category, valued at $250, for his entry 'Flyby'
- Stella Finch who won the primary colour category, valued at $100, for her entry called 'Windmill'.
- Kathy Holmes who received second place in the open digital category, valued at $100, for her entry 'Golden Moments'.
- Will Scown who received a high commendation in the secondary colour category for his entry 'On the Ridge'.

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 Broken Hill 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