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Winners of 2016 life and light photo competition announced

The winners of the 2016 Life and Light in the Western Region Photo Competition have been
announced at a gala awards night held at the Town Hall Fa├žade in Broken Hill.

More than 150 entries across six categories were received from amateur photographers, with all
images showcasing the Western Region.

The theme for the 2016 competition was ‘Rocks, Rust, Stars and Dust’, which hoped to inspire
entrants to focus on the incredible western landscape (rocks), the history of the region (rust), our
awesome night skies (stars) and the red earth (dust) that has come to characterise the west.

Judges and attendees alike spoke of the high standard of photos on display.

“Despite this being an amateur competition, I was struck at the quality and calibre of the photos
and I did not envy the judges who had the difficult job in selecting the winners from such a large
selection of great photos,” said Tom Hynes, Chair of the Local Land Services Board, who was
on hand to open the evening.

Professional photographer and writer, Fiona Lake, was one of the judges and commented that it
was a wonderful introduction to the Western Region, with all photos showcasing the beauty and
diversity that is unique to this area.

Special mention was made to Adelaide Turnbull who was first place in the Open Primary Student
category for ‘Bush Flowers’, while Demi Crampton was first place in the Open Secondary
Student category for ‘Lights Out’.

All of the entries for the 2016 competition are on show on the Life and Light in the Western
Region Facebook page.

More information about the competition can be found at

Next year will be the 19th anniversary of the Life and Light in the Western Region Photo
Competition, and everyone is encouraged to keep their cameras in action for what promises to
be another great competition.

Winners of each of the categories:

  • Resilient Local Communities: Aboriginal Fish Traps - Jordan Spencer
  • Productive Local Communities: Ewe Been Here Long - Simon Seppelt
  • Natural Local Environments: Galahs at Water - Anika Molesworth
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Precious - Lauren Sallustio
  • Rocks, Rust, Stars and Dust: Bare Limbs - Katelynn Herring
  • People’s Choice: Cobar Sunsets & Working Dogs - Emma Crameri

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley for Local Land Services Western Region - 0417 026 164