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2020 Wandoan Photo Challenge Winners

The Wandoan Show Society would like to congratulate all entrants in the 2020 Wandoan Photo Challenge. There were almost 250 entries, which is close to 100 more than in 2019. Thank you all for investing in the future of the Photo Challenge with your entries.

Judging is complete and the prizewinners are announced below. Remember, judging a competition like this is a very difficult job to do and the final outcomes are the results of careful consideration. The judge has supplied some very constructive comments for us all to further understand their decisions and to take into your images for the 2021 competition. Everyone looks at an image and sees it differently.

Judges Comments:

We looked for images that:

· Fit the theme and did a good job of addressing it

· Technically good

· Original or creative (not cliches)

· Emotive (which knocks out a lot of posed or stilted shots)

The Wandoan Show Society acknowledges the generous support of Senex as sponsor of The Wandoan Photo Challenge in 2019 and  2020.

Dogs, dogs, dogs

The judge looked for images that conveyed the personality of the subject. Anyone can take a photo of a dog that is cute, in action, doing what it normally does. Capturing the personality of the dog is where the difficulty lies.

OPEN CLASS

FIRST - Jacinta Cummins

A fantastic, raw Australian backyard action scene, in the shade, under the clothesline – what you see is what you get. A dramatic grab shot that has captured the personality of the two dogs perfectly. It’s not a ‘pretty, pretty’ shot but it’s excellent and the kind of image that would do well in certain urban competitions.

SECOND - Tania Baker

Great composition and interesting dogs. Ideally it would be more evenly lit, ie; at a different time of day, taken under a tree or with a fill flash (or worked to reduce the contrast, later).

THIRD - Shauna Sorrell

An excellent action shot, great composition - would have ranked higher if the bull was sharper and the dog’s eye was visible (difficult as that is, with action).

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS

FIRST - Payge Sinnamon

A great dog image, really well done – and it’s great to see their personality differences apparent – one smiling, one super serious

SECOND - Connor Pogan

A classic dog portrait – would be improved if the eyes were sharper (the eyes are the most important feature to have in focus in a standard portrait)

THIRD - Ara-lei Landers

Like an old film image from a 1970s photo album – complete with a shadow of the photographer’s head (which ideally wouldn’t be there). Nonetheless a great image with a lot of character.

Small Town, Big Country

From the Judge:

These three winners fit the theme really well and are very evocative; I know many people will be able to relate to these three scenes. Having no clear connection to the theme knocked out a large number of entries.  It wasn’t essential to have a view to the horizon but it’s something that certainly helps convey vastness and got these three into the winner’s box.

OPEN CLASS

FIRST - Jacinta Cummins

Excellent panorama – working on getting the vehicle going while the sun beats down with shade trees a fair walk away in the distance. The mob of cattle on the right hand side really gets the viewer thinking about what is going on and what will happen next. Thoughtful composition.

SECOND - Tricia Pitkin

Such an evocative shot – presumably brother and sister, playing around in a farm dam or turkey nest on a hot day. What makes this shot great is that it’s candid rather than posed and taken from a nice distance, to show the scene instead of being ‘in your face’. A classic image that shouldn’t be underestimated.

THIRD - Leisa Bowling

Presumably just before sunset on a very hot day – great shot – something many will be able to relate to. With action shots like this, having a crooked horizon is more forgivable and cropping to straighten it would impinge on the composition. Why standing back a bit pays off when taking action shots – to allow for trimming to straighten, later.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS

FIRST - Lachlan Moore

The red shirt helps make this image stand out, and the texture on the trees is great. What is he or she looking out for? Someone riding home? A lost dog? Re composition – better to include more of the tree on the left rather than just a distracting smudge.

SECOND - Eli Pearce

Clever way of showing the rural landscape with the town silos and tower in the background. The grass heads are a little intrusive – prune the tallest/the ones closest, next time around.

THIRD- Connor Pogan

A nice panorama and thoughtful angle, but showing up the limitations of a phone camera – would be great to be able to see the canoeist in more detail.

Wandoan local photographers

OPEN PHOTOGRAPHERS

WINNER - TANIA BAKER

Black and white draws attention to the textures and lines in this image, and the contrast between each of the people, and the dog. A beautiful image.

Two's Company, Three's a Crowd

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS

WINNER -  Hunter Pitkin

One of the best images in the competition, excellent subject and composition; and what needs to be sharp, is.

Golden Orb in Green Pastures

best photographer award

Awarded to the photographer showing the most consistent skill.

Ultimately – the most evocative images won. A grab shot of action on a mobile phone will have more impact than a perfectly composed & lit shot on expensive equipment. However excellence is where interesting action and creativity meets technical excellence. Ultimately making an impact matters – but when all else is equal, technical skill will of course win, and details matter – it’s what elevates good to excellent.

WINNER -  Amie Pearce

Thoughtful, pensive, evocative images. Not artificially posed or awkward – and that’s not a common thing these days. Remember to focus on eyes, in portraits – usually, they should be as sharp as possible.

peoples choice award

As voted on by the public

FIRST-  ALEXIS ROSE

Foggy Roo Fight

SECOND - RACHEL SHARP

Bottle Trees On Dusk

THIRD - ALEXIS ROSE

Magnum

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