Queenslander photographers have taken out the major prizes in the 2015 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards.
The winners of the prestigious national contest were announced in a special presentation at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba last night.
Brisbane’s Steve Fudge took out the Open Category for his shot “Aquaculture”, while Toowoomba’s John Stewart won the “Let there be Light” Themed Category for a photo of stock pens titled “Show Light”. John Stewart’s picture also took out the inaugural Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award for the best shot from a Toowoomba region photographer.
Now in its 27th year, Heritage Bank CEO Mr John Minz said the competition continued to showcase the talents of professional and amateur photographers across Australia.
“Heritage is very proud that this photography competition is one of the longest running and richest in Australia, with $8,000 in prizes on offer,” Mr Minz said.
“The beauty of this competition is that there are no background or experience restrictions in place, meaning that entrants as young as seven can share their skill and creativity on a national stage.
“The calibre of the entries has been outstanding and the judges had a tough time choosing the top 50 photographs from the 2,600 entries,” Mr Minz said.
Once again, Heritage has purchased the top three entries to become part of its corporate art collection.
The winners of all categories are listed below:
Winner: Steven Fudge “Aquaculture”
Runner-up: Beth Mitchell “Vesuvius” (Bruce McKenzie Memorial Award)
Highly Commended: Annette Blatmann “Underwater Dog”
Encouragement: Gary Beresford, “Farm’s First Light”
Winner: Peter Granfield “Filtered Light”
Themed Category: “Let There Be Light”
Winner: John Stewart, “Show Light” (Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award)
Runner-up: Lewis Fogerty “Under the Milky Way”
Highly Commended: Andrew McGaughey “Galactic Rainbow”
Encouragement: Ben Mapuranga, “Slant of Light”
Youth Photographer Awards:
7-9 years: Charlotte Stevenson-Hiley “Yellow is Me”
10-13 years: Josh Close “Light Dancing”
14-17 years: Joanna Hills “Light of the World”
The top 50 images can be viewed on the Heritage website at http://heritage.com.au/photocomp