Winners and finalists of the Explore and Expose Photography Competition have been recognised at a special celebration held at Boya Community Centre on Thursday 10 September.
The competition, which ran for eight weeks, invited amateur photographers in the Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan to explore their local area and expose what connects them to the Perth Hills through the camera lens.
A total of 163 entries were received from 72 photographers, with photos capturing a variety of locations and subjects including landscapes, pets, loved ones, architecture and nature.
Taking out first place in the Open Category was a stunningly eerie photograph of Lake Leschenaultia by Odile Pouliquen-Young, aptly named 'Pontoon in the Mist".
The Youth Category was won by Miranda Laity with her intricate photograph of an insect camouflaged against a tree, which she titled "What am I?".
Mundaring Camera Club president Ron Dullard said entries in this year's competition were of a very high calibre.
"The youth entries were incredible with over forty entries received. The young people's work stood up alongside the more experienced photographers and the judges were impressed with the variety of subject matter and approach," he said.
The event, which coincided with R U OK Day, saw winners and finalists awarded a range of prizes, and officially unveiled finalists' works, which are now on display in a public exhibition at Boya Community Centre.
Shire of Mundaring councillor Kate Driver said the competition generated many benefits for participants and the wider community, especially against the backdrop of COVID-19.
"Explore and Expose was designed to celebrate our beautiful spaces, promote positive mental health and engagement in the community and share joy," Cr Driver said.
"We have many wonderful places in the Shire and many ways in which to connect with our community and others.
"R U OK? is the start of the conversation – ask, listen, encourage action and check in," she added.
The Explore and Expose Photography Exhibition will be on public display in the foyer at Boya Community Centre during usual opening hours until 10 December.
The competition, including three photography workshops in July, was made possible by Shire of Mundaring's project partners Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring Camera Club and Neami National.
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Comments attributed to judges Paul Bastian of Mundaring Camera Club and Clare Stroud of Mundaring Arts Centre.
1st prize, Odile Pouliquen- Young, Pontoon in the Mist, Lake Leschenaultia
The judges were impressed by the subtlety of this photograph, a very familiar and well-loved location in the Shire of Mundaring, Odile has captured a gentle and unique view, rarely experienced.
2nd prize, Hayley Laing, Silhouette Sisters, Swan View Tunnel
The strong contrast and beauty of this work's composition is striking, offset by the playfulness of children in a historic part of our built environment.
3rd Prize (joint), Ben Jackson, Mundaring Weir Wall, Mundaring
Ben's aerial photograph captures an exceptional view of the iconic Weir wall. He has chosen an unusual composition that shows the artist's interpretation, an important part of photography, not just a photo of a memorable place but an artwork that displays a perfect balance of colour, tone, and positioning.
3rd prize (joint), Lauren Englund, Misty Weir, Mundaring
The composition leads you through the mist to focus on the Weir turret, a clever and beautifully executed photograph.
1st prize youth, Miranda Laity, What Am I, Eastern Hills Senior High School Mount Helena
Miranda has focused on the beetle perfectly, but also presented it framed by the colour of the bark, providing an abstract work of art with the right blend of subtle colours from a distance and a central focus of interest close up.
2nd (joint) prize youth, Alexander Hurlbatt, Purple Feast, Mahogany Creek
Alexander's study of this local bird has been depicted with such clarity and precision, a truly beautiful photograph.
2nd (joint) prize youth, James Tunstall, Skate Perth Hills, Mundaring
The judges were impressed by the clever construction and composition of this work that celebrates the sporting pursuits of the hills community.
3rd prize youth, Kaan Kombak, Badger, Darlington
A joyful work, capturing the moment as Kaan's dog leaps into the air during his walk through the hills. The focus on the light and dew add to the sense of movement to create a memorable piece.