2018 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards winners announced

Heritage Bank has announced the winners of its 30th Annual Photographic Awards in a special presentation at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Toowoomba on 18 September.

18 September 2018

Heritage Bank has announced the winners of its 30th Annual Photographic Awards in a special presentation at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Toowoomba on 18 September.  

Josh Tagi from St Ives in New South Wales won the Open Category for his image “Evening”. Alison Hockings from Lawnton, Queensland, won the other major prize in the “Respect” Themed Category for her touching photo “Grandad”. 

Heritage Bank CEO Mr Peter Lock said the competition, now in its 30th year, continued to showcase the talents of professional and amateur photographers across Australia. 

“For three decades, the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards have shone a spotlight on the moments that have inspired us,” Mr Lock said.

“Again, our judges had a tough time choosing the top 50 from such a high calibre of entries,” Mr Lock said. 

“We are extremely proud that this photography competition is one of the longest running and richest in Australia. This year, we received a phenomenal response with over 2,000 entries,” Mr Lock said.

“It’s fantastic to see the community continue to throw their support behind this competition. A big part of the attraction is how inclusive it is. There are no background or experience restrictions in place, meaning that entrants as young as seven can get involved.” 

The winners of all categories are listed below: 

Open Category:     

Winner: Josh Tagi ‘Evening Shadow’, St Ives NSW     
Runner-up: David Wong ‘Sheep Group’, Milsons Point NSW 
Highly Commended: Glen Parker ‘North Curl Curl View’, St Ives NSW
Encouragement: Chris Sweetapple ‘Galaxy Shacks’, Miles QLD
Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award: John Stewart, ‘Bird Watching’, Rangeville, QLD
Bruce Mackenzie Award: Chris Sweetapple, ‘Galaxy Shacks’, Miles QLD
CEO’s Choice: Christian Spencer, ‘In Beauty I Walk’, Croydon VIC 

Themed Category: “Respect”

Winner: Alison Hockings ‘Grandad’, Lawnton QLD
Runner-up: Rowena English, ‘Mother Nature’s Power’, The Gap QLD
Highly Commended: Gina Bryer, ‘Let me help, mum’, Fairymead QLD 
Encouragement: Janine Waters, ‘Black Worship’, Dalby QLD

Youth Photographer Awards:

7-9 years: Sophia-Ella ‘My mum’, Greenslopes QLD
10-13 years: Joshua Wilkinson, ‘Ash by iPhone’, Ashgrove QLD 
14-17 years: Benjamin Maze, ‘Pool of Memories’, Peakhurst NSW

The top 50 images can also be viewed on our website here