18th Mar 16
The Rural Press Club’s 2016 Excellence in Rural Photography competition was strongly contested again this year, with entries coming from across regional Queensland over three categories - People, Production and Landscape.
The overall winner for the photography award is the Cairns-based freelance photographer Brian Cassey, for his piece “Beef Farmers” published in the Courier Mail.
Judges’ comments - A timeless image of country fortitude. The holding of the hands is so understated. A classic well-composed image. All the right elements are there in the right weight. You can’t not love this couple. The false horizon anchors the image.
Beef Farmers - by Brian Cassey
Brian also took out the production category of the Awards for his photo of a ‘Banana Farmer’.
Judges’ comments - The picture displays very good use of photographic language, well capturing the farmer in his intimate environment. The photo was published in the Courier Mail.
Banana Farmer - by Brian Cassey
Clermont based freelancer Paula Heelan won the landscape category for her piece “Storm Passing”.
Judges’ comments – Strong & dramatic picture, beautiful cloud formation, strong composition, attractive colour palette, published in the Rockhampton Bulletin.
Storm Passing - by Paul Heelan
All photography category winners will be submitted for the Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography. As overall winner Brian received a $1000 cash prize.