Wandoan Photo Challenge wins Australia Day Award

Senex Energy’s Graeme Gibson and John King congratulate former Wandoan Photo Challenge Coordinators Ingolf Eide and Helen Golden on the WPC’s Creative Arts Award in Wandoan on Australia Day. Photo: The Freerange Journo

The Senex Wandoan Photo Challenge was named the Wandoan & District Creative Arts Award winner in Western Downs Regional Council’s Australia Day honours as the competition heads into its seventh year.

Former Wandoan Photo Challenge Coordinators Ingolf Eide and Helen Golden were presented with the award at the Australia Day celebrations being held at the Juandah Heritage Site.

Senex Community Relations Manager Trevor Robertson thanked Ingolf and Helen for their hard work which had seen the competition grow to become a Wandoan Show community favourite.

“The Wandoan Photo Challenge is renowned not only around Wandoan but throughout Queensland and Australia,” he said.

“One previous contestant even came all the way up from Sydney to snap the winning shot.

“Senex is delighted to see that the hours of hard work and dedication put in by Ingolf and Helen to grow the challenge has been formally recognised.

“Senex is proud to again be sponsoring the Wandoan Photo Challenge in 2023 because this competition illustrates what a great lifestyle the area offers people from all walks of life.”

Leesa Rathbone and Hope Powne are bringing fresh ideas to the table as the new coordinators and have announced a new judge and two new Open Categories.

The categories, Faces and Places, give people an opportunity to capture the people and the places which make Wandoan such a unique area.

The ever popular Small Town, Big Country is back once again for any photos which don’t fit into these two categories.

Junior shutterbugs can also enter with $500 on offer in the youth category Small Town, Big Country and a $200 encouragement award.

Heidi Morris, the Moree based photographer behind the renowned social media account “Lens Of Rosie” who has worked as a photographer across Australia and in New York, is judging this year’s competition.

The top 30 photos she shortlists will be displayed at the Wandoan Show on April 14 and 15 for the public to vote for their favourite to win the People’s Choice prizes.

All photos must be taken within a 100 kilometre radius of Wandoan as the crow flies since March 19, 2022.

For more information, follow Wandoan Photo Challenge on Facebook and Instagram or head to www.wandoanphotochallenge.com.