Clarence Valley Infocus Competition

Thank you to all those who entered photo(s) in the Clarence Valley InFocus photography competition. We had a high standard of entries this year and we congratulate you for your efforts.

Our judges were impressed with the great shots across all categories, the good use of differential focus, lots of clever ideas and plenty of funny shots.  Plus the range covered the whole Clarence from country to coast.

The winners of the 2017 Infocus competition are:

The Final Colour by Freya McGrathThe Final Colour by Freya McGrath - plunge winner
“This photo was taken at the TAFE colour run.   This photo shows  how people are 'different' colours that some might find boring but to others they are beautiful.  When all the colours come together, they create a stunning and satisfying scene.”
Washed Ashore Treasure by Joy Hayman-WardWashed Ashore Treasure by Joy Hayman-Ward - DSLR winner
“This photo was taken at Wooli in 2016 when the missing yacht 'The Nirvelli' was washed ashore. It captured the imagination of locals and tourists alike when this large boat appeared on the beach out of nowhere. While I was there taking this photo it had a steady stream of onlookers captured by thoughts of pirates, storms, and speculation. It really was a hidden treasure right in our own back yard.”
Angel by Tetley BryantAngel by Tetley Bryant – Mobile winner
“This is a picture of my little sister.  It shows hidden areas in our valley which are cool.’
Just Kidding by Steve OttonJust Kidding by Steve Otton – Compact winner
“Georgia and William Ellham live on a cattle property at Copmanhurst in the Clarence Valley. The kids have ridden horses since they were very young and now enter most local horse riding events in the area. The family have relations at Brooms Head and travel out to the coast on a regular basis to visit. A hidden treasure being a wild stallion known to some as "Wildfire" roams the heath country surrounding the coastal waterways of Brooms Head so Georgia & Will thought they would seek him out and approach him in the event of a ride of their life. Our photo shoot ran very smoothly with "Wildfire" backing off several times as the kids got near him and then turning around and heading to the kids where he then stopped for our main photo where actually it was all a setup as the kids had no plans to ride him and were JUST KIDDING but had an exciting time just the same.  As a friend of Wildfire I advise people not to approach wildfire as he can be unpredictable and you may scare him in to galloping into danger.  Please keep your distance and admire.  
Crabs on the Run by Annabel GreenCrabs on the Run by Annabel Green – Youth winner
“Crabs on the run photo taken at Sandon River”

One of our Infocus judges, Adam Hourigan, is hosting an informal photography workshop as part of the plunge art and culture festival.  The event is free and being held at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Thursday 20 April.  All are welcome to come along and hear how to turn your regular ideas into ones that attract attention; what are photo competition judges looking for; and what are some simple ways to make the ordinary into extraordinary.  Be brave and bring your photos.  This workshop is open for all skill levels and not about how to be the best but how to constantly strive to be better.   Booking information and date and time details are in the plunge booklet or follow our @clarencevalleyculture facebook page for more information.

The Infocus theme for 2017/18 will be announced later this year. 

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