Outback photographer Fiona Lake to judge this year's Life and Light photo competition

Fiona Lake will put more than 30 years of professional photography experience to work when helping to judge the 2020 Life and Light in the Western Region photo competition.

Fiona has judged many national and international competitions and wants to reassure entrants that even images taken with phone cameras can win, because what matters most is meaningful results and how well the camera has been used.  

She is also a fully licenced drone pilot and is looking forward to seeing whether there are aerial entries this year.

“Capturing good quality images from the air is quite a bit harder than from the ground. Novelty value isn’t enough to win — images need to have a clear purpose or impact. Entrants must also make sure they fly within Australia’s drone rules, as listed on CASA’s website,” Fiona said.

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Love Our Outback’ and there have already been over 200 images submitted which include both agricultural and environmental perspectives.

Potential entrants are reminded that photos must be taken in the Western Local Land Services region with images taken after 1 January 2019 eligible to be entered.

All photos must be submitted through the Life and Light website which also has all the information, frequently asked questions, entry rules and more about the competition.

Photographers will have a chance to win their part of $3,400 in prize money which will be split across the colour (open age), black and white (open age), secondary school age (colour and black and white), primary school age (colour and black and white) and people’s choice.

Entries for the 2020 Life and Light Photo Competition close on 10 July.

For more information contact Western Landcare’s Local Landcare Coordinator, Kate O’Connor on 0447 912 534 and visit the Life and Light website to submit your photographs.

This year the competition is being run by Western Local Land Services, Western Landcare NSW and the Royal Flying Doctor Service – South Eastern Section, who have come onboard as a partner to bring a wellbeing focus to this year’s competition.


Media contact:
Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.

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