Regional Development Australia Central West is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 ‘Central West is Best’ Photography Competition.

Budding, professional and social media photographers were tasked with capturing ‘Hometown Pride – Icons of the Central West’ as this year’s theme.

RDA Central West CEO, Sam Harma said the competition, only its second year, was a great success.

“We had an overwhelming response and received more than 150 entries across the Junior and Open sections,” said Mr Harma.

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who entered. It certainly wasn’t an easy decision however; we are excited to announce this year’s prize winners.”

The 2020 Central West is Best Photography Competition winners are:

Junior (Under 18yo)

1.      Drinks at Dusk – Kaitlyn Rutledge (Woodstock)

2.      365 Times a Year – Campbell Miller (Guyong)

Open (18yo and over)

1.     Shearing Time – Megan Rutherford (Blayney)

2.     Iandra Church Nightscape – Leigh Kasey (Greenethorpe)

Due to the large volume of photographs received in this year’s competition, a special mention was also made by the judges on the following entries:

Junior (Under 18yo)

·        Truck Lights at Night – Emily-Elizabeth Bradley (Blayney)

·        Rain Makes a Rainbow – Alice Wilson (Molong)

·        Flock Rebuilding – Sophie Heath (Larras Lee)

Open (18yo and over)

·        An Orange Autumn – Jessica Wright (Orange)

·        A Yarn with Henry – Helen Carpenter (Grenfell)

·        Portland Painted Silo in Front of Milky Way – Christine Smith (Portland)

Mr Harma also explained that this year’s winners and a number of selected entries will feature in RDA Central West’s new travelling photo display.

“The Central West is made up of terrific towns and villages with beautiful, iconic landscapes and this should be continually celebrated and our new travelling photo display is a way to do just that,” Mr Harma added.

“We have some very talented photographers in the region and the display is the perfect platform to not only showcase their skills but also promote the wonderful region in which we live and demonstrate our hometown pride.

“Our vision for the travelling photo display is for the 2020 winners and other selected entries to feature throughout the Central West in local information centres, council chambers and other interested organisations.”

More information will be announced in the coming months however if you would like to be a part of the travelling photo display please contact RDA Central West on (02) 6369 1600 or email admin@rdacentralwest.org.au

The winning entries are available for download by clicking on the following link: https://rdacentralwest.pixieset.com/rdacentralwestphotographycompetition2020/

This year’s entries can also be viewed on the RDA Central West website at https://rdacentralwest.org.au/