Two Toowoomba photographers have been honored as finalists in the 2018 Queensland Community Foundation Photo Challenge.

The Queensland Community Foundation put out the call for photos that captured community spirit and compassion as well as emotionally charging critical issues everyday Queenslanders are facing. Toowoomba Regional Community Fund Chair Joy Mingay is ecstatic with the quality of work that the locals put forward this year.  “Toowoomba and surrounds is represented in two out of the six photographs chosen as finalists, which is wonderful,” Joy said. “Both photos show what we are all about. Showing kindness, compassion and care for others.”

Head of the QCF Honourable Margaret McMurdo was impressed with the high amount of entries for the competition commending the spirit of everyone involved. “Our community depends on the kindness of others, and it warms the heart to see so many different stories which reinforce the benevolence and empathy of the human spirit,” Ms McMurdo said.

Finalist Sian Downey entered his photograph Celebrating You, dictating the joy on a little girl’s face as she is offered cake by a Toowoomba and District Down Syndrome Support Group volunteer. The organisation holds annually the Camp Duckadang in support of Down Syndrome. “You can see the pure joy and excitement in her face at the choices, as well as the gentleness and kindness of the Lions volunteer,” Sian said. Margaret Jolly submitted Always Ministering to the competition. It is the story of a priest praying with a nearly unconscious elderly woman as she squeezes his hand, both letting each other aware of their presence.

The winning photo will be announced at the launch of Philanthropy Week at Parliament House in Brisbane on Friday 8 June.

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