Photographer Janine Waters from the Darling Downs town of Dalby has been named the winner of the 29th Heritage Bank 2017 Photographic Awards on 5 September.

Janine’s winning photo in the Open Category was a stunning shot entitled Gobi Splendour taken in Mongolia featuring camels crossing the Gobi Desert.

Coincidentally the first prize in the Theme Category was also a photograph taken in Mongolia.

This was Sydney-based photographer’s Biljiana Jurukovsk’s The Eagle Hunter showing a Mongolian tribesman holding an eagle, which is about to be sent after prey.

The prestigious CEO’s choice, also in the Open Category, was Luke David’s St Kilda Pier Sunset, which was a colourful portrayal of Melbourne’s iconic landmark.

These three photographs will join previous winners in the Heritage Bank’s gallery in Toowoomba.

The award winners were announced at the University of Southern Queensland’s Artsworx centre, where those chosen as the top 50 photographs were on display.

These were narrowed down from an entry pool of more than 1300 photographs.

Heritage Bank’s chief executive Peter Lock said he believed the competition continued to showcase the talents of professional and amateur photographers across Australia.

“The calibre of entries this year has again been outstanding and the judges had a tough time choosing the top 50 photograph from the many entries received,” he said.

“The beauty of this competition is that there are no background experience restrictions in place, which has meant that entrants as young as seven can be involved.

“Heritage is very proud that this photography competition is one of the longest running and one of the richest in Australia with $8,000 in prizes on offer. Once again Heritage has purchased the Open, Themed and CEO’s Choice winners to become part of the bank’s corporate art collection.”

See socials from last year’s Heritage Bank Awards here.


Banner Image: Gobi Splendour by Janine Waters