Time to get snap happy

28 Sep, 2013 02:00 AM
Life of the Land (Seasons) was compiled using the best entries from Farm Weekly's second photographic competition.
Life of the Land (Seasons) was compiled using the best entries from Farm Weekly's second photographic competition.

ONE of WA's favourite photo competitions is back and with it the chance to win one of six iPads.

You might recall in 2004 Farm Weekly held its first photographic competition.

Readers came to the party in an overwhelming way sending in the most amazing array of images depicting all manner of farming life in WA.

There were those that made us laugh and those that brought a tear to the eye - a true reflection of the triumphs, challenges and good humour experienced in everyday farming life and of the contrasts between beauty and harshness in the WA rural landscape.

Such was the quality that we decided to immortalise the best of them in a gloss, coffee table style book titled Life of the Land.

The collection was ordered from pre-dawn to after sundown as a parallel to a working day on the farm.

The result was a sell-out edition which saw numerous copies posted as private and corporate gifts across the globe.

We heeded your cry for more and in 2006 launched our second photographic competition with the addition of a category for bush poems and rural short stories to add a bit of flair.

The response was even more outstanding with almost double the number of photos and the creative juices flowing through a multitude of penned works.

A second book followed Life of the Land (Seasons) and it was also a sell-out success.

This time, as the name suggests, we followed the theme of the four seasons depicting the changing landscape throughout autumn, winter, spring and summer and its impact on your daily life and business viability.

There were some special 'golden years' pages looking at times past as well as a tribute to 'man's best friend' our canine companions in both work and play.

And now in 2013, we've got the seven-year itch to launch our third photographic competition and yes, a special edition book will follow.

We know you're up to the challenge – you've asked us on numerous occasions when book three is coming.

So now it's time to get snapping to create some fresh masterpieces as well as to drag out those archival photographs for our 'then and now' comparison category.

This is our special category, a chance to capture history with an original photo from times past and the equivalent current day update.

It might be a building, a piece of machinery, a landscape scene or a farming practice where you can show us a photo from a bygone era accompanied by a recent photo of what stands in its place (or maybe not much has changed!).

And we'd love 50 to 100 words from you telling us all about it.

In all there are six categories and the best photo in each, as judged by our expert panel, will provide the winning photographer with an iPad as their prize, courtesy of Farm Weekly.

Also courtesy of Farm Weekly, the runner-up in each of the six categories will receive a fabulous book "Eucalypts of Western Australia's Wheatbelt" written and compiled by Malcolm French.

With its bold photos and expert descriptions depicting a unique part of WA it's a special, keepsake edition.

This year's photographic competition categories are:

  • Best 'then and now' photo
  • Best 'pet/livestock' photo
  • Best 'kids on the farm' photo
  • Best 'grain, harvest, seeding etc' photo
  • Best 'weather' photo
  • Best 'humorous, challenging or 'stuff-up' photo
  • For your chance to win or a chance that your photograph/s may be included in the third edition of our Life of the Land book send in your original photos (they will be returned) to Michelle Bollom, Farm Weekly, PO Box 1268, Victoria Park East, WA 6981 or email your high resolution photos to michelle.bollom@fairfaxmedia.com.au

    Entries close on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

    Full terms and conditions are in Public Notices of the classifieds section in this week's edition of Farm Weekly.



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