A record number of evocative images showcasing Port Stephens’ natural charm in winter were taken by young and, for the first time, adult photographers, from Port Stephens and beyond as part of the 2016 Shutterfest photo competition, with the winners now released.
A 23 per cent increase in photo submissions saw 233 images entered across three age categories as part of the contest, which ran from June 1 to July 13, 2016, as part of Naturefest – an annual program designed to draw nature-lovers to the region to enjoy its wealth of nature and wildlife. The program was spearheaded by Destination Port Stephens in collaboration with industry operators and supported by Port Stephens Council.
Judging Shutterfest 2016 were award-winning Newcastle photographers, Josh and Giuliana Marshall who praised the standard of entries as “excellent”.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award, based on the most number of likes on Destination Port Stephens’ Facebook page, was Tammy Bulley from Fingal Bay in Port Stephens. Tammy’s beautiful image of a pelican at sunset at Fly Point Beach drew 286 likes and was described by judges as “soul soothing”. Tammy will receive a $200 Port Stephens accommodation/experience voucher, and her winning image will be developed into a canvas to be displayed at the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre.
The judges named Cassandra Stubbs from Boat Harbour as the winner of the best photo in the 8-13 age category for her creative photo of rocks near Port Stephens Heads. Judges praised her use of lighting and framing. James Lalor from Dubbo won the 14-18 age category for his striking picture of seagulls at Salamander Bay, with judges remarking on the photo’s “fun and movement”. For the first time, an adults category was introduced to Shutterfest this year, with the first winner announced as Karen Lilley from Swan Bay for her eye-grabbing photo of beachgoers at Shoal Bay enjoying a burst of winter sun. “This well-imagined photo capturing a relaxing afternoon at Shoal Bay can only be one place on Earth,” the judges said.
First, second and third place-getters in each category will receive prizes including a Camera House gift card, a half-day Port Stephens adventure voucher and a Coles Myer gift card.
All the top-placed photos as well as all other entries can be viewed on Destination Port Stephens’ website atwww.portstephens.org.au/whats-on/shutterfest .
Destination Port Stephens Acting Destination Manager, Danny Eather, said Shutterfest had again proven very successful as of showcasing the spectacular winter beauty of Port Stephens, as evidenced by the beautiful photos submitted. “Shutterfest allowed locals and visitors alike to share what we all love about Port Stephens,” Mr Eather said. “We thank all the talented people who entered. Via social media, we have been able to share the photos to a wider audience to promote the magic, year-round appeal of Port Stephens.”
Port Stephens is 2.5 hours north of Sydney.
List of Shutterfest 2016 Winners
People’s Choice Award
Winner – Tammy Bulley from Fingal Bay (from adults category) –Sunset at Fly Point Beach
Children aged 8-13 years
1st Place – Cassandra Stubbs – Rocks at Port Stephens
2nd Place – Isaac Charles – Zenith Beach sunrise
3rd Place – Amy Lalor – Port Stephens Heads
Children aged 14-18 years
1st Place – James Lalor – Seagulls at Salamander Bay
2nd Place – Matt Lipman – Camels at sunset on Stockton Beach
3rd Place – Jack Clemens – Image of Fingal Spit
Adults 19 and over
1st Place – Karen Lilley – Shoal Bay beachgoers
2nd Place – Serena Stubbs – Starry night
3rd Place – Vince Moult –Tin City footprints at sunrise
* All the top-placed photos as well as all other entries can be viewed on Destination Port Stephens’ website atwww.portstephens.org.au/whats-on/shutterfest