Lagoons, cane fires, water, sunsets, beaches and landmarks featured in the fantastic entries received in the Burdekin Shire Council’s Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis thanked everyone who had taken the time to enter the competition and praised the quality of the entries.
“There were some beautiful photos entered and I’m sure the judges had a hard time choosing a winner,” he said.
“Council now has some great shots of our beautiful region to use in our promotional material.”
Townsville Bulletin Chief Photographer Scott Radford-Chisholm and well-known Burdekin photographer Bryan Lynch were given the task of selecting the photo they thought summed up the Burdekin pictorially.
The judges said the standard of the entries was exceptional and it was hard to pick just three winners.
The winning photo – “Looking up the mill stacks with heaps of smoke” – was taken by Wayne Smith at Canegrowers. The judges chose this as being “very Burdekin”. “A different perspective was chosen by the photographer making an interesting composition and it is all systems go, full steam ahead with the mill in action,” they said.
Second place went to “Windmill” which was taken by Ann-Maree Rickerby. The judges said it was a “well-composed pic, simple but very effective, nice use of wide angle lens to capture cloud formation and the ‘openness’ of rural Burdekin”. “Bryan told me that Home Hill or Burdekin was known as the ‘city of windmills’ even before his day, so ties in with the theme well,” Mr Radford-Chisholm said.
Third place went to “Start of the Burn” which was taken by Sheree Heatley. The judges both agreed that the Burdekin was the home of cane. “We liked the use of long lens and the framing of the image, still being able to see cane standing,” they said. “The human element was also a good point, with it being a large part of employment in the region. We also liked the lighting of this image, late afternoon/ early evening, very nice.”
Competition winner Wayne Smith said he was pleased his entry had won.
“I was on a Canegrowers familiarisation to Invicta mill and the view of the stacks caught my eye,” he said.
“I like the contrast, angles and energy and took a picture on my phone’s camera.”
The first prize is $200, second prize $100 and third prize $50.
To view all the entries in the competition go to Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/BurdekinSC