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Local talent showcased in annual photographic exhibition

1 July 2019
Wattle Range Mayor, Des Noll opened the Council’s Photographic Exhibition on Friday evening (June 21) before a capacity crowd of over 180 people, including photographers, family and the wider community. 
In its twelfth year, with 372 entries and 40 outstanding junior entries, representing 57 photographers and 25 new entrants; the gallery was awash with colour and the photography told a story taking viewers on a wonderous journey. 
Mayor Des Noll commented on the outstanding quality of the entries, reflecting the diversity of Wattle Range and the talented youth who had exhibited. He said: “We have some brilliant photographers within our region who should all be very proud of themselves. There has been a lot of excitement and enthusiasm from the photographers. I am in awe of their talent and look forward to seeing the 2020 calendar with these amazing photos in it.” 
Mayor Noll awarded the Mayoral Award to talented junior photographer Mia Bellinger for her bright and cheerful, well composed image of a young girl titled ‘Exposure’. Mia, a gifted young local, was highly successful on the night taking home numerous awards and merits in both the Youth and People & Portraits categories.
Competition judges were Jamie MacDonald, an internationally renown photographer and Steve Chapple who developed the concept of the exhibition in 2007, is well known for his photography and an accredited judge. 

2019 Category award winners and runners-up include:

Mayoral Award
Winner: Mia Bellinger – Exposure
Runner-up: Cathy Heyn - Here’s Looking at You
Youth Mayoral Award
Winner: Sophie Clifton – Barrels of Fun
Runner-up: Liam Mills – Relax Time
Black & White Category
Joint Winners: Natalie Fox and Mary Whitehead
Lake McIntyre Category
(Sponsored by Noel and Sheila Boyle, long-time volunteers at the Lake)
Winner: Dani Bell – Royal Spoonbill
Runner-up: Darren Galwey – Not Near Holland
People & Portrait Category
Winner: Dani Bell – Turf Farmer
Runner-up: Mia Bellinger - Exposure
Landscape Category
Winner: Reece Carlson – Beachport Scenic Drive
Runner-up: Don Sforcina – Outer Reef Salmon Hole
Business & Industry Category
Winner: Reece Carlson – Coonawarra Vineyards
Runner Up: Ken de Low – The Old and New
Water & Aquatic Category
Winner: Graeme Mellor – Summer Retreat
Runner-up: Karen Buwalda – Lake Edward Reflections
Panoramic Category
Winner: Perrie Thomas – Lands End  Beachport 
Runner-up: Steven Gray – The Swamp
Sport & Leisure Category
Winner: Melanie Halton – Swim between the flags
Runner-up: Carolyn Ansink – Race you to the waters edge
Nature Category
Winner: Simon Whennan – Wren on a Wire
Runner-up: Katie Window – Foraging
Youth Category
(Sponsored by Hurst Camera House)
Winner: Mia Bellinger – True Colours
Runner-up: Lily Francis – Autumn Fun 
Best First Time Entrant Award
(Sponsored by Darren Galwey, local photographer and long-time supporter of the competition)
Winner: Caroline Ansink – A Breath of Life 
Mayor Des Noll thanked the sponsors of the competition Hurst Camera House, Noel and Sheila Boyle and Darren Galwey for their involvement as well as acknowledging the countless staff and volunteer hours required to collect the entries and curate the exhibition. He congratulated all of the winners and the entrants and said that it was pleasing to note that since its inception twelve years ago the exhibition has continued to grow. “Each year new photographers enter the competition bringing with them new ideas and interpretations of what Wattle Range means to them,” he said. 
The 2019 Wattle Range Council Photographic Exhibition is open library hours and Sundays 2-4pm through to July 30, 2019.
Winner Mayoral Award Exhibition Awards
 Pictured: Mayor Des Noll congratulates successful Mayoral Award
recipient Mia Bellinger with his wife Shari Noll
 Pictured (L to R): Category Winners
Melaine Halton, Mia Bellinger, Dani Bell, Mary Whitehead, Natalie Fox,
Simon Whennan & Perrie Thomas
Note:  To download photographs click on the image. 

For further information please contact:

Janice Nitschke, Manager Library & Gallery Services
Email:                       jkn@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0903


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