Each year the Channel Country Photography Competition offers amazing insight into the landscape and people of remote Australia. The competition, now known as the Vast Arts Photography Competition, aims to provide photographers from western Queensland an opportunity to gain recognition for their art and an audience to appreciate the images that capture the essence of the region. The winners and sixteen additional arresting images have been carefully chosen form the Out. Back exhibition.
Taking out the top prize in the Open category in the most recent competition was Tambo local Nadine McLeod with her image ‘Blue Gum mirror’ which the judges described as “stunning”. Runner Up is last year’s winner Wendy Coad from Mackay North. With her bronco branding action shot ‘Winning catch’, Lorraine Kath won the Regional category which was open only to residents of the area of western Queensland serviced by Vast Arts. Runner Up in the Regional category is Inge Gajczak from Tambo and Highly Commended went to Jennie Bucknell from Mitchell and Helen Day from Longreach.
The Out. Back. exhibition was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural, and remote Australia to give artists and communities’ better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.
Image: Retired from the Land Wendy Coad