Heritage Bank announces winners of $50k Photographic Awards

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Heritage Bank has announced the winners of its 2022 Photographic Awards.

The annual awards are now in their 34th year, and have a bumper prize pool of $50,000. 

Overall Open Category winner, Ray Jennings.

Tasmanian photographer Ray Jennings took home $15,000 as the winner in the overall Open Category with his striking image Don’t fence me in taken in rural Walcha.

In the other overall “Belonging” Themed Category, Sue Mayer-Miller from Mackay in Queensland took home $15,000 for her image Unconditional, a heart-warming image of the bond between her mother and their beloved pet cavalier.

Belonging Themed Category winner, Sue Mayer-Miller.

Meanwhile, Stanthorpe’s Sandra Mcewan was named winner of the Mobile Phone Award, for best image taken with a mobile phone.  And leading the charge for New South Wales in other major categories, was Sydney’s Simone Osborne, named winner of the Illustrative Category for digitally-manipulated images for Red Riding Hood, and Callie Chee who was selected as CEO’s Choice for her image Refuge.

Mobile category winner, Sandra McEwan.

Heritage Bank CEO Mr Peter Lock said the competition continued to enjoy immense popularity, attracting over 2,300 entries from across Australia.

“We’re proud to see the success of the Awards continue for over three decades and counting,” Mr Lock said.

Heritage also announced a special accolade to one entrant, the Graham Burstow Award. Chief Judge Graham Burstow, who was an instrumental part of the Awards since they first began, sadly passed away a few weeks ago, just after the completion of judging for this year’s awards.

Mr Burstow gave a rare perfect “10” score to the image Flight of Fancy taken by Graham Bowden of Kallangur in Queensland.

Graham Burstow Award winner, Graham Bowden.

Heritage has also acquired the top five winning entries in the Open Category, Themed Category “Belonging”, Illustrative Category, CEO’s Choice, and the Mobile Phone Award - to become part of its corporate art collection.

The winners and finalists can be seen below, and a full list of all the finalists at heritage.com.au/photocomp.

CEO's Choice, Callie Chee, Ryde NSW. “Refuge”
9 Years and under Category, Elsbeth, Toowoomba QLD. “We bee-long together
Themed category 'Belonging' runner-up, Rochelle James, Brightview QLD. “Many hands raise a baby”
Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award, Paula Heelan, Gehan QLD. “The Drover”
Illustrative Category winner, Simone Osborne, Collaroy NSW “Red Riding Hood”
14-17 Years category, Sydney Crawshaw, Tannum Sands QLD. "All eye need to know"
10-13 Years Category, Lillian Milner, North Ryde NSW. “Frogs in love”
Open Category runner-up, Lucia Staykov, Athelstone SA. “Childhood Joy”
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