Wonderful shots win accolades
TWO of Ipswich's best photographers have been announced as the dual overall winners of this year's Ipswich City Council Enviroplan Photographic Competition.
Judges could not separate images submitted by Daryl Neumann and Edyta Pelc, electing to award them both the title of Overall Adult Winner, as well as $750 each.
Neumann's Pelican's Rest and Pelc's A White Crab Spider Eating a Harlequin Beetle were displayed alongside Amy Knight's junior overall winning piece Happy Camper and the winners and runners-up for the seven categories.
Mr Neumann said the Enviroplan awards were the first competition he had entered, and he certainly didn't expect to win a major prize.
"This is the first time my work has been displayed outside my home," Mr Neumann said.
The Karana Downs resident said he took the winning photograph at nearby Colleges Crossing.
"I saw the pelicans there every morning when I drove to work, and I decided to get up early one morning and photograph them," Mr Neumann said.
Mr Neumann said he returned to his love of photography a few years ago and plans to purchase another lens with his prize money.
Environment and Conservation Committee chairperson Cheryl Bromage praised the quality of this year's entries.
"The winners again stood out from the pack, not just for composition but for the technical aspects of lighting and sharpness," Cr Bromage said.
Cr Bromage said 1002 people entered the competition this year, almost double the number of entries last year.
The Swich Contemporary Art Space will host an exhibition of the winning entries from November 1 to 12.
Entries can also be viewed online at enviroplanphotocomp.com.au.