Entry from Toowoomba shares top honours in 23rd Annual Heritage Acquisitive Photographic Awards

The chemistry was right for a Toowoomba photographer who was among the three major winners in the 23rd Annual Heritage Acquisitive Photographic Awards, unveiled at the USQ Arts Gallery in Toowoomba tonight.

Heritage Building Society CEO John Minz announced the winners in a gala unveiling at USQ tonight. The Heritage Acquisitive Photographic Awards are one of the richest and longest-running photographic competitions in the country, with prizes valued at more than $8000 up for grabs.

This year entries had to reflect the theme of “Chemistry – Our Life, Our Future” adding an extra layer of challenge and creativity. In addition, this year for the first time a Young Photographers section was added, with prizes offered for three school-age categories.

Also presented tonight was the Bruce Mackenzie Memorial Youth Award, which The Chronicle acquires to honour the memory of a former photographer who tragically passed away while working at the paper.

An entry titled “Desert Magic” from Diana Mayall of Toowoomba was one of the three prints chosen for acquisition by Heritage, along with entries from Woodgate and Sydney. Each of the three receives $750 from Heritage and a $150 Camera House voucher.

Blue Mountain Heights photographer Sharyn Mathewson took out the CEO’s Choice Award, and the Bruce Mackenzie Memorial Youth Award went to Darcy Youngberry of Highfields.

Mr Minz said Heritage was proud to have helped foster artistic excellence in Australia over the last 23 years through the Acquisitive Awards.

“The Awards are a significant national competition that attracts photographers from novices to experts, and from right around Australia,” Mr Minz said.

“This competition encourages people from communities all over the country to explore the very best that the creative arts can deliver.

“It’s just one of the many ways that Heritage looks to foster the richness and diversity of our community. We’re thrilled to run an event that draws out such amazing images and creativity from people of all walks of life.

“I’m particularly proud that we have added the youth categories this year and given added incentive for children to start expressing their creativity this way from an early age”

Judges have selected the top 50 entries to be framed and exhibited at the USQ Arts Gallery from now until 14 July, with the non-acquired prints available for sale to the public.

A list of all prize winners is attached below:

WINNERS OF HERITAGE ACQUISITIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARDS 2011

Acquisitive: (Heritage acquires each print. Each winner receives $1000 from Heritage and a $150 Camera House voucher)

Diana Mayall, Toowoomba - “Desert Magic”
Annette Blattman, St Marys, NSW - “Human Chemistry”
Leonie Thompson, Woodgate - “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

Special Commendation: (Winners receive $500 from Heritage and a $100 Camera House voucher)

Stuart Hirth, Mt Samson - “Crowning Glory”
Diana Mayall, Toowoomba - “Natural Chemistry”
David Sharp, Narrandera - “The Changing”

Commendation: (Winners receive $250 from Heritage and a $75 Camera House voucher)

Diana Mayall, Toowoomba - “Contemplation”
Chris Fogarty, Toowoomba - “Meeting My Sister”
Emily Taylor, Toowoomba - “The Price of Happiness”

Encouragement: (Winners receive $100 from Heritage and a $50 Camera House voucher)

Sharyn Mathewson, Toowoomba - “Happiness Absolute Chemistry”
Judi Neumann, Highfields - “Goal!”
Judi Neumann, Highfields - “Fun in the Sun”

CEO Choice Award: (Winner receives $500 from Heritage and a $100 Camera House Voucher)

Sharyn Mathewson, Toowoomba - “Bonding”

Bruce Mackenzie Memorial Youth Award: (The Chronicle buys the print for $100 and the winner receives $1000 from the Mackenzie family)

Darcy Youngberry, Highfields - “Under the Lamp-Post”

Youth Awards: (Winners receive $100 Owens Camera House voucher)

7-9 years: Ben Hyson, Goondiwindi - “The Mystery Chemistry Water”
10-13 years: Matthew Chambers, Beachmere - “Love at the beach”
14-17 years: Darcy Youngberry, Highfields - “Under the Lamp-Post”

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