On Sunday the winners of the 2017 Simple Pleasures Photo Competition were announced during a ceremony at the Bowlo with seven photographers winning eight prizes in the annual event.
This year again, the four judge panel of Ros Goodchild, Billy Wrencher, Eve Jeffery and rookie David Lowe, had a tough time choosing the winners from the criteria of artistic and technical merit while keeping in mind this year’s theme – Postcards from Brunswick Heads.
The 2017 photos were of a high standard and in particular, the talent and ingenuity of the children’s section was very much on show.
The overall winner for 2017 was Casey Eveleigh with Birds Eye View, a shot taken on a Phantom 3, which saw the dawn of Simple Pleasures Photo Comp trend – the photo one of several drone shots entered in the competition.
Elliot Kirkwood found himself the winner on two counts with the gong for, River Mouth Heaven in the adult division and for his digital small-screen image chosen from a record number of almost 200 Instagram entries.
A special prize for her touch of magic went to Scout Bee Jones, whose photo Hidden Treasures gave a sneaky peek into one of a fay residences in-and-around town. Her photo showed a tiny bedroom housed in a mail box at the post office, just one of the many tiny homes in Brunswick’s newest attraction – the Fairy Trail.
Lover of all things magical, The Echo Tree Faerie couldn’t resist giving Scout a little treat for her wonderful effort and an encouragement to all photographers to look for what’s magic in your viewfinder.
All of the winning photos and other great shots can be seen in the 2018 calendar and their new range of postcards which are available for purchase at the Visitor Centre in Park Street.
Winners in all categories were:
Casey Eveleigh, Birds Eye View
Elliot Kirkwood, River Mouth Heaven
Yindi Morrisey, The Heart of Bruns
Lyrdhan O’Reilly, Amazing Simpsons Creek
Sophia Dadon, Morning Has Broken
Byron Shire Council Award, this year chosen by Basil Cameron:
Anna Swain, Bombing It
Tree Faerie Magical Photo Award:
Scout Bee Jones, Hidden Treasures
Instagram Winner: Elliot Kirkwood @elliotkirkwoodphoto.