PHOTOGRAPHER Sarah Moles was full of praise for entries in this year's 2012 Condamine Headwaters Landcare Group River Recollections photography competition.
From a tough line-up she singled out three stand-out entries, which she believed captured the watery subject of the Condamine River and its neighbouring tributaries and wildlife.
First in the open category was Kieth Murray, while secondary school student Helen Mulliss won the secondary school category and young photography enthusiast Kate Potter claimed honours in the primary section.
Fittingly it was CHLG co-ordinator Catherine Potter, who stole the show in the special landcare hands section, where entrants were encouraged to replicate the well known Landcare symbol.
The winners were presented with their awards at the CHLG AGM in Warwick recently.
Ms Mole was encouraging in her praise of the winners, with this to say about the winning entries.
- Open - Kieth Murray: This is a moody, richly coloured image of a scene that typifies many of the Condamine's upland streams. This is an image of a peaceful and tranquil place - a perfect spot to refresh body and soul on a hot day - and to reflect on the values of our rivers.
- Secondary - Helen Mulliss: This image has a limited range of colours that tends to focus the eye on the subject's wonderful patterned skin. The photograph is well composed and the detail is fabulous - pin sharp features on the subject and tree stump in the foreground
- Primary - Kate Potter: This photograph has been chosen for its strong composition with the bright quality of the light and the range of colours this bestows on the scene and the depth and 3D quality of the image reflected in the water.
- Landcare Hands - Catherine Potter: This one was a fun category and the winner of this special award was in a class of its own. The winning image shows someone taking the landcare hands to another level and suggests that we don't have to stop with our hands; we can put our whole body into landcare - and perhaps our hearts and souls too.