31 August 2023

Talent shines at Lakeland’s annual photography competition

| Sarah Martin
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Judges Tess Buhmann, Gary McLelland and Sue Ahlers were kept busy with hundreds of entries.

MORE than 200 entries filled the Lakeland Town Hall and kept judges busy in the annual Lakeland Photo Competition, with winners announced at a community event on Saturday.

Organiser Sam Simmonds said nearly 100 people came for the awards event, including locals, backpackers, tourists and people from all over the Cape.

“We had another wonderful array of talent displayed this year with more than 200 entries,” he said.

First time entrant and hobby photographer Patrick Webster was a dominant performer.

Mr Webster, a Cairns local who has been working on the Cape for the past six years, said he was based at Artemis Station and that his photography reflected the nature around him.

“I do photography as a hobby,” the ecologist and conservationist said.

“You always hope to win, but you don’t expect it, and the prizes are pretty all right!”

Hope Vale mum Katherine Grayson was another first time entrant who won big, taking out first in Portrait, second in Weather and third in Nature.

“I’m just a hobby photographer and I entered all of the categories but didn’t expect to win; I was very surprised,” she said.

“The winning portrait is of a girl out at Hope Vale who is friends with my daughter.

“I let her mum know and she was pretty excited, it’s a great photo, one of my favourite photos.”

Hobby photographer Patrick Webster was stoked to win three firsts and a second.

Ms Grayson, a pharmacy assistant and mother of three, said she enjoyed taking photos and it was nice to be able to share her work with other photography enthusiasts.

Talented musician Jasmine Inderbitzin is a Lakeland local who has been part of the photography competition since it started, both as an entrant and providing the entertainment.

“I didn’t expect to win at all, it was a great surprise, and so exciting because I knew the first prize was a scenic flight,” she said.

“I’m also looking forward to spending my voucher at Camera House, I already have a list of what I need.”

The hobby photographer said she loves capturing friends and family and being part of a wonderful community event.

Attendees also voted on their favourite photograph for the popular people’s choice awards.

Little ones (0-6yrs)
Category: My Life
Elsie Rathborne
Juniors (7 to 12yrs)
Category: My Home
Noah Paradise
Category: Fun & Funny
Elise Kamholtz
Category: Best Mate
Lindy Harold
People’s Choice
Jesse Beazley
Teen (13 to 17yrs)
Category: Snapchat Worthy
Yamato Garate
Category: Local
Yindili Kamholz
People’s Choice
Tyrone Henson
Open (18yrs and up)
Category: Black & White
Jas Inderbitzin
Category: Work Life
Kelly Parker
Category: Portrait
Katherine Grayson
Category: Weather
Beth Hatchman
Category: Perspective
Jim Hatchman
Category: Nature
Patrick Webster
Category: Live action
Patrick Webster
Category: Creative
Patrick Webster
People’s Choice
Stefanie O’Kane

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