I was very pleased to be awarded 2nd place in Ken Duncan's REAL Australian Landscape Awards in July, 2015. Photography has become a controversial subject and Ken, as one of Australia's most well known landscape photographers, wanted to award images that he considered "REAL", meaning very little manipulation, other than what could traditionally be done in a darkroom. I am not a traditionalist, but also feel that there is a place for both. My winning image was very "REAL". When I saw the storm brewing on Anzac Day of this year, I grabbed my tripod, camera and husband and headed towards Bradley's Head from the Northern Beaches in the hope of capturing the magnificent storm over the city. Caught in the hail, we had to pull over and I feared I may have missed the moment (must admit I do suffer from a bit of photographic FOMO). However, just as we arrived at our destination, the hail began to subside and as it headed towards the city, I was thrilled to be able to capture it. With or without a camera, the moment was magic as we watched Sydney engulfed in hail as the sun was setting.
A couple of weeks ago, I was able to meet Ken. He invited me to visit his gallery on the Central Coast to collect my prize, which was more than generous. It was an absolute pleasure meeting Ken and his wife Pam. Here is what Ken has to say about the REAL Australian Landscape Awards:
Thanks again, Ken.