Council's 2020 Photographic Competition winners announced

17th December 2020
The winners of the annual Council Photographic Competition have been announced.

Wattle Range Council Mayor, Des Noll announced the winners of the 2020 Photographic Exhibition whilst also launching the Council’s 2021 Community Calendar on Sunday.

Given the COVID situation, this year’s 403 entries were exhibited virtually, with a number of first-time entrants.

Mayor Des Noll commented on the outstanding photography, reflecting the diversity of the Wattle Range region and the talented youth who exhibited. Mayor Noll said, “We have some brilliant photographers in 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 our community calendar is a wonderful representation of their amazing photography.”

Exhibition curator Janice Nitschke said there was a good mix of veteran and new exhibitors receiving accolades in the 2020 competition. “The Limestone Coast Photographic Club sponsored the Black and White Category which was won by Tania Millard with her depiction of Sean Smyth, St Vinnie’s Volunteer. Runner up was Bronwyn Heffernan’s ‘Barry’ a Hereford bull.

“Noel and Sheila Boyle sponsored the Lake McIntyre category which was won by Ramona Oppelaar’s voracious ‘Kung Fu’. Runner up again was Darren Galwey’s ‘Bad Hair Harry’ a striking spoonbill, Galwey perfectly capturing this unique and solitary bird.

“Joint winners of the Landscape category were Alex Window and Phil de Koning who both depicted stunning sunsets at the Pool of Silaom and Beachport’s Salmon Hole. Two outstanding photographs worthy of any publication or as an art piece.

“Melanie Halton once again won the Sport and Leisure category with the Beachport Surf Lifesaving Club’s winter competition the subject.

“Mary Whitehead won both the Business & Industry with ‘Cattle’ and the Panoramic category with ‘Lest we Forget’ an evocative sunset shot on Anzac Day in 2020. Alex Window was the winner of People and Portrait with a delightful photograph of his two children in Penola’s Lolly Shop and was a joint winner with Katie Window (‘Shake a Tail Feather’) in the Nature category.

“An excited and talented Bree Watson won the Youth Category with ‘Beautiful Shore’ a coastal shot of Southend and Lilly Cain’s ‘Roadside Grasses’, a favourite of Mayor Noll, was Runner Up. Jack Francis placed third in this category with ‘Windmill Sunset’.”

Mayor Des Noll congratulated all the entrants and winners 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 Exhibition winners and runners-up are currently on display in the Millicent Gallery. A video of the photographs was shown at the award presentation on Sunday and will be available to view on screens at Wattle Range service centres and the Millicent Library over the summer season.

The 2021 Wattle Range Council community calendar can be collected from each of Council’s Offices, the Millicent Library and selected postal outlets in the Wattle Range region.

For further information please contact:

Janice Nitschke, Manager Libraries and Cultural Services
Telephone:                (08) 8733 0903