Toowoomba schoolgirl scores triple treat in 24th Annual Heritage Acquisitive Photographic Awards

Toowoomba schoolgirl Amy Knie scored a triple treat tonight (Tuesday, 19 October) at the presentation of the 24th Annual Heritage Bank Acquisitive Photographic Awards in the USQ Arts Theatre.

Heritage Bank CEO, Mr John Minz announced Amy as the winner in the 14-17 year age category for her entry “Floating Memories”, scoring a $100 voucher from Owens Camera House.

Amy’s entry was also judged the winner of the coveted Bruce Mackenzie Memorial Youth Award, sponsored by The Chronicle, for entrants under the age of 25, which comes with $1000 prizemoney.

As the icing on the cake, Amy was also announced at the overall youth winner and won for her school, St Ursula’s Toowoomba, a camera pack worth $1000.

The Heritage Bank 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 the Olympic Values – Excellence, Respect, Friendship - adding an extra layer of challenge and creativity.

Each year, Heritage acquires the top three entries for $1000 each to become part of its corporate art collection

Toowoomba local David Martin was won of the top three, with his entry “Young Love” acquired by Heritage. The two other entries acquired came from Woodgate in Queensland and from Melbourne.

A Brisbane entry took out the CEO’s Choice Award, which offers $500 in prizemoney.

Mr Minz said Heritage was proud to have helped foster artistic excellence in Australia over the last 24 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 of the entries from the youth categories this year, they have shown an enormous amount of creativity for such a young group”

Judges have selected the top 50 entries to be framed and exhibited at the USQ Arts Gallery from now until 13 July, with the non-acquired prints available for sale to the public. A gallery of the top 50 is available here. A list of all prize winners is attached below:



(Heritage acquires each print. Each winner receives $750 from Heritage and a $150 Camera House voucher)

Gary Beresford, Melbourne “Networking”
David Martin, Toowooomba “Young Love”
Leonie Thompson, Woodgate “Life-Neverending Marathon”

Special Commendation:

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

Gary Beresford, Melbourne “A Filthy Friendship”
Annette Blattman, Sydney “Strive for Excellence”
Alwyn Klucks, Toowoomba “Deep in Thought”


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

Judy Burge, Toowoomba “Focussed”
Anne Collins, West End “Old Friends”
Janine Waters, Dalby “Lest we Forget”


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

Sandra Anderson, Logan Reserve “1000 Yard Sale”
John Stewart, Toowoomba “Comrade Soldiers”
Kyla White, Toowoomba ‘“Weg” in Motion”

CEO Choice Award:

(Winner receives $300 from Heritage and a $100 Camera House Voucher)

Phillip Lawrence, Red Hill “Common Purpose”

Bruce Mackenzie Memorial Youth Award:

(The Chronicle buys the print for $100 and the winner receives $1000 from the Mackenzie family)

Amy Knie, Blue Mountain Heights “Floating Memories”

Youth Awards:

(Winners receive $100 Owens Camera House voucher)

7-9 years: Karsten Duvel, Moura “Water – the Best of all Things”
10-13 years Jonty MacDougall, Dalby “Unusual Bong”
14-17 years: Amy Knie, Blue Mountain Heights “Floating Memories”

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