Local photographers capture the moment

Local photographers capture the moment

Reflections and the Future by Jonathan Cox received a honourable mention.

Photographers from Armadale were recognised on Saturday afternoon as the winners of the City of Armadale’s annual FOCUS Photography competition were announced.

FOCUS launched for its sixth year in February, with the competition open to all amateur photographers.

This year the competition saw just shy of 100 entries across the two prize categories.

This year, photographers were invited to capture local emergency services, showcasing the buildings, facilities and vehicles of our district’s front line organisations.

Entrants were also encouraged to look through their older photographs and submit photos that depict life in the area prior to the year 2000.

Mayor Ruth Butterfield said the images of the district’s Emergency Services buildings and vehicles help us to capture ‘today’ for future generations.

“The city is undergoing rapid growth and it’s important to have a record of the changes that our community are living through,” she said.

“We have some brilliant photographers in our community, who can all be very proud of their work.

“The judges looked for creativity, originality, composition and a good quality capture.

“These images are a wonderful representation of our local emergency services.”

The images taken will make a valuable addition to the library heritage collection hosted by Birtwistle Local Studies Library, contributing significantly to visual records of the City of Armadale.

Winners shared in a total prize pool of $1500, in addition to receiving a mounted print of their image.

The winning photographs and a selection of short listed entries will be on display at the Armadale Library from Sunday May 23 to Friday June 4.

Winners for the 2021 competition for the Present-day Emergency Services category were Hospital Amongst the Hills by Callum Southam in first place,  Evening Shift by Weronika Moran runner up and Armadale Police JA102 New Livery Divvy Van by Aaron Viles in third place.

Pre-historical 2000s category winners were Sixth Road Vista by Pam Herbert in first, Honeymoon 1936, Ruby by Tracey Leeder in second and Moving St Christopher’s Anglican Church, Roleystone by Madeleine Tingey in third.

A honourable mention was made for Jonathan Cox with Reflections and the Future and the Librarian’s prize went to Joan Wallace, for her outstanding contribution to photographic records.