12 June 2018
Gunnedah Shire Council officially opened the ‘Faces, Places and Spaces’ Photography Exhibition on Friday night at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery, where judge Andrew Pearson announced the winners of the competition.
Budding photographers were asked to snap pictures of the landscape around them; flora and fauna; tourist destinations and the CBD; community events; community, culture and lifestyle; villages; commercial and industry; and a creative depiction of what the photographer loves most about where they live. All photos were to be taken in the Gunnedah Shire and could be used for future promotion of the Shire.
Catherine Fogarty was named the overall winner, with her photo “What I love most about where I live”. Judge Andrew Pearson said the photo was quintessential Gunnedah and “stood out to him” as soon as he entered the gallery. Catherine also received first place in the events (Laughter); community, culture and lifestyle (Feels Like Home); and flora and fauna (Kangaroos on Lincoln) sections.
Jen Shorter received first place in the villages section with her photo “Curlewis Silos”, as well as first place in the tourist destinations/CBD section with “Full Moon Miner”.
“The Snow Crop” by Trish Worboys took out first place in the commercial/industry section, with Trish also placing first in the “What I love most about where I live” section, with “Sunset and Farming”.
Cheryl Nugent placed first in the landscape section, with “Gunnedah Magic” – a photo depicting one of Gunnedah’s famous sunsets.
Mr Pearson also awarded 12-year-old Emma Doyle an encouragement award for her photos and said she “had a great talent for someone so young”.
Council’s Acting Manager Communications and Cultural Services Ashley Gardner congratulated the winners and thanked all entrants for supporting the inaugural competition.
“We wanted photographers to tell their story of Gunnedah and its people through their lenses. The essence of Gunnedah Shire was well and truly captured in the wonderful entries we received,” Mrs Gardner said.
“Thank you to everyone who supported the competition.”
A People’s Choice Award is still up for grabs with voting open at the gallery until June 28. The winner will receive a $100 Gunnedah Gift Card.
Photo Caption: Acting Manager Communications and Cultural Services Ashley Gardner, Judge Andrew Pearson, Cheryl Nugent and Catherine Fogarty (standing).
Media Contact: Ashley Gardner 6740 2100.