|11 July 2018
Mayor Peter Gandolfi opened the Wattle Range Photographic Exhibition on Friday evening before a crowd of over 180 people, including photographers, their families and members of the community.
In its eleventh year, the record number of entries received exceeded all expectation, with 444 entries in 10 categories and 40 outstanding junior entries, the exhibition opening filling the Millicent Gallery to capacity.
Mayor Gandolfi commented on the outstanding photography reflecting the diversity of Wattle Range and the talented youth who exhibited.
“We have some very talented photographers within our region who should all be very proud of themselves. There has been a lot of excitement and enthusiasm from the photographers. I am in awe of their talent and I am looking forward to seeing this calendar which will feature many of these amazing images” he said.
Mayor Gandolfi awarded the 2018 Mayoral Award to Penola photographer, Stella Scanlon for her evocative photograph ‘Morning walk - Summertime at Penola’. Aspiring young photographer Lily Francis won the Mayoral Youth award with her photograph ‘Playground Fun’ depicting a child at play in the Domain Playground, Millicent.
Competition Judge Steve Chapple introduced fellow critic Jacqui Bateman who presented the awards and spoke about each winner. Mr Chapple reiterated the importance of ensuring that the photograph was identifiable with Wattle Range and commended the photographers on their overall standard, artistry and endeavor. Mrs Bateman commented that the task of judging was far more difficult than imagined and took over five hours to finalise. She was impressed by the high standard and the quality of the photography and attention to detail. She said “Everyone - no matter what type of camera, skill level, or subject - should be very proud to have their images hanging here tonight and were all winners.”
First time entrant Kayle Gordon won the Landscape Category with his striking image ‘Mt Muir in the Mist’ and he was also awarded the Darren Galwey Award for the most outstanding first-time entrant. Darren himself an outstanding local photographer, won the People and Portrait category with a photograph of a lone dancer silhouetted in the Tantanoola Caves titled ‘Resting’ and the Lake McIntyre category with ‘Mr Percival and Mates’.
Mount Gambier photographer Linda Heins won the Black & White category with ‘Petticoat Lane with a Twist’. Penola photographer Alice Phillip’s rural photograph ‘Steaming Sheep’ won the Business & Industry category with Brian Watson’s energetic photograph of life savers ‘Surf Beach’ winning Sport & Leisure. Alex Window’s ‘Flowers’ an outstanding image of two pink gum flowers and leaves on a black background won the Nature category.
Local photographer Graeme Mellor won the Panoramic category with a great capture of the Salmon Hole at Beachport. Talented youth Jack Francis again won the Youth award with his image of the ‘Coonawarra Vineyards’, his sister Lily the runner up with ‘Looking Up’.
Other local photographers to have success with their entries this year included Mary Whitehead, Karen Buwalda, Sandi Spink, Val Hunter, Arthur Kelm, Ella Cresp, Carla Sutherland, Bronwyn D’Aniello, along with John Davies, Christy Camp and Nicholas Simpson.
Hurst Camera House sponsored the Junior category and all junior photographers were awarded a Hurst Camera House Award.
Mayor Peter Gandolfi congratulated all the winners and the entrants and said that it was pleasing to note that since its inception eleven years ago the exhibition has continued to grow. “Every year new photographers enter the competition bringing with them new ideas and interpretations of what Wattle Range means to them” he said.
The Exhibition is open Library hours and Sundays from 2 -4pm through to August 12, 2018.
For further information please contact:
Mayor Peter Gandolfi
Telephone: (08) 8733 0900