April 10, 2019

A flash of talent lit up the Surat Basin last weekend as more photographers than ever competed in the Wandoan Photo Challenge.

Co-cordinator Ingolf Eide said entries were up by a quarter from last year, with about 150 photographs entered in the competition, sponsored by Senex Energy.

“The challenge was a real success, with 150 entries and many marvellous photographs taken all over the 100km radius around Wandoan,” Mr Eide said. “We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better competition in 2020, with Senex remaining as our sponsor.”

During the two days of the Wandoan Show, 323 visitors cast a vote for their favourite shots to choose first, second and third in the People’s Choice class.

“It was an astoundingly close result, with 39 votes for first, 38 votes for second and 36 for third,” Mr Eide said.

Professional agricultural photographer Fiona Lake judged the winners of the Open and Young Photographers classes, each with categories of People and Places.

Winners of the People and Places categories received cash prizes of up to $500.

Photos could be taken anywhere within 100km of Wandoan, with an increased area from last year including Chinchilla, Miles, Condamine, Wallumbilla and Taroom.

Photographers could be locals or visitors and amateur or professional. They were competing for 17 cash prizes totalling $4,500.

Winning photographs are featured below. Click on the picture to enlarge.