HASTINGS photographers are among the winners of the Your Health Link National Photographic Competition, selected from more than 800 entries received from all states across Australia and the ACT.
The competition, run by the Mid North Coast Local Health District, offers more than $45,000 in prizes in a range of categories including open, mobile, primary and high schools.
The winners were announced at the opening night of the competition exhibition at Sails Resort in Port Macquarie on November 23.
Coffs Harbour photographer Katherine McInroy took out the coveted open category for her image ‘You Raise Me Up’, Samantha Grilli from the Wauchope area won the mobile category for her photograph ‘Innocence’, East Lismore’s Clare Young received the high school winner’s trophy for ‘101 Not Out’ and Andrew Archibald from Coffs Harbour won the primary school award for his photograph ‘Love and Caring’.
The competition also included a People’s Choice Award via the Your Health Link Facebook page, with Port Macquarie photographer Magalie Lameloise’s winning image ‘Another Hairdo Through Chemo’ recording the most votes, while Luke Fuda from the Macarthur Region won the cover photo award for his image ‘Forever Dreamtime’.
For the first time this year there was also an Eating the Rainbow category where the Healthy Kids Association chose a photo from the Primary School and High School categories that best captures the idea of eating and celebrating the rainbow of foods for a healthy life. Luca George from Sydney won the Primary School trophy and Coffs Harbour’s Ryan Gilchrist picked up the High School award.
The competition’s focus is to increase health literacy and decrease childhood obesity through the exciting medium of photography, where community members are given the topic Healthy Life Healthy You to actively participate in creating visual images that represent the subject matter.
Competition organiser and Your Health Link Program Manager Carolyn Guichard said the standard of the photos submitted was very high and the theme of Healthy Life, Healthy You was interpreted in some really unique and creative ways in the entries.
“Our judges were looking for unique images that represent a healthy and active lifestyle,” she said.