Calendar showcases local photographers and images

NEW CALENDAR SHOWCASES STUNNING IMAGES FROM LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS: Wattle Range Council's Manager Libraries and Cultural Services, Janice Nitschke with one of the new calendars in front of Mary Whitehead's sunset photograph which won the Landscape section in the annual photographic awards.

STUNNING photographs taken by local people feature in the 2022 Wattle Range Council calendar.

Now available free from Council offices, visitor information centres and the Millicent library, the calendar includes photographs from among more than 250 that were entered in the Wattle Range Photographic Exhibition which was conducted digitally due to Covid restrictions.

Winners were announced at the end of last year.

Council’s Manager Libraries Cultural Services, Janice Nitschke, said it was pleasing to see a number of new photographers enter and to be recognised as prize winners.

Mary Whitehead was a major prize winner coming first in the Landscape category with a photograph of a stunning sunset, first in the Nature Category, first in the Business and Industry Category, and third in the Sport and Leisure Category.

Husband Tony Whitehead was first and second in the Sport and Leisure Category and runner up in the Black and White Category behind Graeme Mellor’s winning entry of Stanway Point.

Sponsored by the Boyle family, the Lake McIntyre Category concentrated on the birds that are attracted to this man-made lake on the outskirts of Millicent.

This category was won by new entrant Wendy Kuhlmann followed by Linda George as runner up while Ramona Oppelaar gained a merit award.

Ramona was also runner up in the Business and Industry Section and gained a merit award in the Nature section.

Liam Mills won the Drone Photography section and he was also runner up and third in the Landscape Category.

Alex Window took out the top prize in both the People and Portrait section and the Panoramic section, along with Phil De Koning in this section.

Deb De Koning also had a good showing with third in the Black and White Section, third in the Nature section, and a merit in the Landscape section.

Margaret Carter gained a third position in the Business and Industry Section and a merit for her entry in the Nature category.

Karen Miller was runner up in Nature, and also in People and Portraits.

Karen Buwalda was runner up in the Panoramic section and also in the placings in the Nature section.

Other winners included Tania Millard who took out third in the People and Portrait section along with Don Sforcina, and Catherine Allen gained a merit in the Black and White section.

New entrant and emerging photographer Lily Cain won the youth award followed by Ethan Siviour, Lily Irwin and Levi Perry.

Some of the photographs from the competition are on show at the Millicent Library.