Vanessa Claydon collects eggs at her grandmother Betty Claydon’s farm at Rosewood. Mrs Claydon keeps chickens for the eggs and feels financially better off.
Vanessa Claydon collects eggs at her grandmother Betty Claydon’s farm at Rosewood. Mrs Claydon keeps chickens for the eggs and feels financially better off. Claudia Baxter

Farm photo rules the roost

AN IMAGE capturing a nostalgic snapshot of life on the farm has won the hearts of Ipswich Art Galley visitors.

One of 18 pictures featured in The Queensland Times Year in Review 2010 photographic exhibition, the shot was captured by Claudia Baxter.

The annual exhibition, recognises excellence in photo-journalism through a survey of outstanding photographic images taken by photographers from the QT newspaper.

As part of the exhibition people were encouraged to vote for their favourite photo in the People’s Choice competition.

This year more than 450 votes were lodged, with the untitled shot, nicknamed Eggs, coming out on top.

Taken at Rosewood in August last year, the photo depicted Vanessa Claydon helping her grandmother Betty collect eggs.

Ms Baxter said her aim had been to capture the “moment”.

“It was a very easy photo to compose,” she said.

“It had all the right elements, big fluffy chickens, a cute little girl and a nice grandmother.

“All visually appealing elements.”

She said it was gratifying to know the photograph had been chosen as the favourite.

“Ultimately we take photos at the QT for the readers,” Ms Baxter said.

“They convey the story.”

Those who voted in the People’s Choice competition went into a draw to win an iPod Nano, with Basin Pocket resident Mary Booth named the lucky winner.

Mrs Booth said the photo had brought back happy memories of her childhood growing up on a farm near Warwick.



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