Photography competition: Capturing your Bribie Island – Winners

Published 12 June 2020

This year the Bribie Island Seaside Museum turned 10, to celebrate we asked Queensland residents to share their photographed Bribie moments in the Capturing your Bribie Island photography competition.

We received lots entries across all 5 categories that showcased special moments, memories, and wildlife that call Bribie Island home.

Katie Bennett (Embellysh Photography), a professional photographer from the Moreton Bay Region was the judge tasked with the difficult job of choosing 1 winner from each category. Katie has also chosen a series of highly commended photographs that will be released shortly for the voting of a people’s choice award.

Katie Bennett would like to congratulate all that entered. The standard of the entries across all categories was very high and exhibited such a diversity of what Bribie Island means to the people who live and visit this beautiful and unique island.  

The future of local photography is bright with the 12-18 photographers showing great creativity, including our winner.

Black and white images have a way of pulling at one’s heart strings and can call upon deep emotions and memories. This is truly the case with all the black and white images that were entered and will be on display during the Bribie Stories: your stories our stories exhibition in 2021.

With drone photography becoming more popular we felt the need to include this as a category to showcase the beautiful landscape and recognise this exclusive form of photography. We were not disappointed with the entries that were received as they are stunning and are high quality images.

The 10 highly commended images will be released for online voting when the Bribie Island Seaside Museum re-opens on Saturday the 27th of June. All entered images will be in display either in print or electronically in the museum in 2021! Thank you to all of those who entered. 

Judges comments

12 to 18 years: 'Reflection of time', photographed by Gemma Johnson in Woorim – It’s wonderful to see the sunset over the ocean that Bribie is known for, creatively captured and placed within a frame of the view behind it. The contrasted settings captured at the same moment in time create an interesting image.

Over 18 years: 'A Quick Stretch then Lunch', photographed by John Cupper behind Bribie Pines Village – This is a stunning image of wildlife at Bribie Island. The colours, clarity and action are masterfully captured and create a wow factor that lets the viewer stop and appreciate the natural beauty in the region.

Black and white image: 'Fire on Bribie Island', photographed by Stan Paczkowski in bush-land on Bribie Island – Black and white images are known for their dramatic impact and this photograph creates a striking and powerful depiction of an event that will not be forgotten on Bribie Island. 

Drone image: 'Buckley's Hole', photographed by Juran Bourke in Bongaree – The birds-eye view offered from this drone photograph presents the natural beauty of Bribie Island in a way we don’t see every day. The colours and composition in this exquisite landscape are beautifully captured. 

Historical image (an image of 50 years or older): 'My family photographed on Bongaree Beach', photographed by Morris Weyer at the beach at Bongaree – An absolute classic family photograph on the beach at Bribie Island that many people will relate to - bunched together and squinting into the sun behind the photographer. A wonderful example of historical family photography.

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