Sunday, April 21, 2024



Allora Photography Group share their creative shots

The first topic in the Group’s 2024 competition was "Reflections" and entries were of a very high standard. So readers grab a coffee, sit down and study these creative photos.

Spirit of the Land wins silver medal at Small Town Street Art Festival

The Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival has been awarded a Silver Medal for the Best Small Town Street Art Festival or Event by the 2023 Australian Street Art Awards ... The Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival is held annually on the second weekend of October and is renowned for its farm art sculpture exhibitions, fine arts and photography exhibitions...

Photographer captures beauty of buildings in country towns

Greg Davis likes to photograph buildings. Somehow, he captures the essence of a building in his pictures showing the character and history of a town through bricks and mortar ... That trip included Warwick, Stanthorpe – and Kyogle.

It’s Mallee Bull calendar time

Once again “Big Red”, Birchip’s famous Mallee Bull, adorns the cover of the annual calendar, prepared for his yearly trip to places and countries around the world, while showing off the many aspects of life in Birchip and district. 

Winners of GrainGrowers’ annual photo calendar competition announced

GrainGrowers has announced the winners of its annual Calendar Competition which provides Australian grain growers the opportunity to showcase the beauty of farm life through photography. This year, a significant number of high-quality entries were submitted from across the country.

Announcing the winners of the 2023 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards!

Picture this: a solitary heron foraging in the muted, autumnal half-light of dawn. Or an ethereal gull hovering motionless in mid air. Or a lonely stone-curlew gazing wistfully into the artificial lights of a forbidden destination. These and more are the winning entries of the sixth annual BirdLife Australia Bird Photography Awards, which have just been announced.

Heed the ‘Call of the High Country’

Honor Auchinleck. The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival Elyne Mitchell Photo Story Awards hopes that you will find great pleasure in creating your entries for the 2024 Awards ... Elyne was a great admirer of A B (‘Banjo’) Paterson. As she was the inaugural Patron of the Bush Festival, it seems fitting that we use a theme that complements both Elyne’s and Banjo’s legacies.

A year in review

Through the lens of the Allora Photography Club. Now showing at the Warwick Art Gallery, the exhibition will run until 2 December. This exhibition is a reflection of the group’s work to showcase the individuality, perspective and interpretation in various topics of photography.

Tony, Mac and a handful of hope

Thanks to photographer extraordinaire Rob Leeson for this great photo of Newstead farmer Tony Butler, and Kelpie Mac, in a paddock of wheat. In recent weeks, the local region has received around 40mm of rain, and this has been a bonus for farmers.

Nic snaps up WA’s top portrait prize

Serena Kirby. Photographer Nic Duncan recently collected the best portrait print award and the Izzy Orloff award for overall best portrait in WA’s 2023 Pro Photography competition. The winning image for both awards was of Denmark man Andre Steyl who Nic said had been one of her all time favourite faces to photograph.

Lockhart’s creative spirit shines

The annual Spirit of the Land festival made its return over the weekend making Lockhart a haven for sculptures and fine arts. The event opened early on Saturday the 7th and finished off on the following Sunday with stalls, galleries, exhibitions and sculptures galore to enjoy.

In Conversation: Leila Jeffreys with Julie Mclaren

We have just confirmed that acclaimed Sydney-based wildlife photographer Leila Jeffreys will be visiting Ballarat later this month for the launch of her work on the new Art Screen in Alfred Deakin Place. Join her as she discusses her career and experiences working with birds with Gallery Curator Julie McLaren.

Charlton prepares for art and photography exhibition

Charlton Arts is in the final stages of preparations for its inaugural Art and Photography Exhibition on the weekend of October 13 to 16.Formally run by the Charlton Rotary Club, the members of Charlton Arts are excited to continue this popular annual event.

2024 calendar released

The cover of the newly released Maldon Museum 2024 calendar is a photograph of a beautiful watercolour of the Beehive Mine by David Relph Drape ... The Maldon Museum has a unique photograph collection and the calendar has a distinctive photograph of Maldon for each month.

Simon Dow nominated for Martin Kantor Prize

The face is in deep contemplation, hands in a prayer gesture. Simon Dow describes this self-portrait as “silent”; and has named it ‘No Self’ ... shortlisted along with 19 other photographic portraits for the prestigious Martin Kantor Prize.

Exhibition opening

All About Care’s "Brushstrokes of Harmony" Art Exhibition was officially opened on Friday afternoon at Nhill Gallery Central. The exhibition signifies that all creative minds and art forms belong and have a place. Nhill Gallery Central has become more aware of the broader community art world.

Ganmain Arts Festival brought town to life

The streets of Ganmain came alive for the weekend for the second ever Ganmain Arts Festival. The festival featured art in different forms such as sculpting, painting, photography and even an ecofabric creator.

Rural Aid photo comp winners announced

The winners of the fourth annual Rural Aid Spirit of the Bush photography competition have been announced. Five of the twelve winners were captured in Queensland, four in Western Australia and three in New South Wales ... "A powerful love of livestock and the land really shines through in this year’s pictures": Rural Aid CEO John Warlters.

It takes many villages to tell our Fire Stories in book and podcast

Words, pictures and voices bring to life the stories of the 2019-2020 bushfires ... The stories and photos have been turned into a book that was launched at the Roxy Gallery on Friday, May 19.

Aquarius50: Photos of the 1973 Nimbin Aquarius Festival by Peter Derrett

As a young theatre director and teacher Peter Derrett travelled to the 1973 Aquarius Festival ... He took his camera with him and the resulting collection of images provides a comprehensive documentary account of this landmark event in Australian cultural history ... offer valuable insights into what happened at the Festival and sum up many of the ideologies that surrounded it. 

Eulogy – Wesley Stacey

Gerrit Fokkema. Wesley Stacey died recently in Bermagui, where he had lived since the mid 1970’s. Between 1968 and 1972, Wes made pictures in Wilcannia of buildings and street scenes that were used in a book, ‘Historic Towns of Australia’.

Vale Jeremy Beckett

Sadly anthropologist Jeremy Beckett passed away in the last months of 2022. A Celebration of his Life was held on 19 February 2023 at Chai Chak Wing Museum, Sydney University ... I would like to share memories of my association with Jeremy when I worked at Wilcannia River Radio in 2012-13.

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