CAMIRA amateur photographer Glenys Passier was the big winner in this year's Ipswich Enviroplan Photographic Competition, taking out the overall winner's prize, two prize categories, a runners-up award and a special mention for four of her entries.
With more than 1100 entries received this year for the popular competition, the result was a coup for the keen photographer, whose love of nature comes through in her images.
Her winning entry titled Fairy Lamps captured a close-up view of a delicate fungi growing out of an old tree stump, creating its own magical landscape.
Living on a couple of acres in the leafy suburb of Camira, Ms Passier said her passion for photography started with capturing images of her pets and bird photography.
"I just take photos when the opportunity arises," she said. "The camera is never too far from me and I just keep both eyes open.
"I don't often get the opportunity to photograph fungi but I just noticed these tiny bumps coming up on an old chinese elm tree stump and the flowers were just so dainty and the colour was unreal."
Judged over eight categories, the competition also highlighted stunning work from students including Indooroopilly State High School student Matthew Watson who was named the overall student winner for his work titled Golden Wings.
Environment and Conservation Committee chairwoman Heather Morrow said the competition was getting bigger and better each year.
"From over 1100 entries, 69 have been presented with an award or an honourable mention, and all will be up for the People's Choice award, decided by the public," Cr Morrow said.
"Whether it's natural landscapes, flora, fauna, or the Bremer River, entrants have captured the natural beauty of Ipswich in surprising and creative ways."
Winners were announced this week following lengthy deliberations by photographers Grace Yu and Greg Harm.
Winning entries can be viewed at enviroplanphotocomp.com.au and at an exhibition at Riverlink Shopping Centre from tomorrow until November 6 where you can vote for your favourite entry for the People's Choice award.
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