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Photographer: Greg Mackie

The winners of the inaugural $15,000 Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize for Landscape Photography and $2,000 People’s Choice Award have been announced. Click here to view the finalists and winners.

Over a year from Summer 2013 to Spring 2014 more than 50 talented photographers signed up to capture the essence of four seasons in the forests and farmlands, bays and bush-lands of South Australia’s spectacular western Fleurieu Peninsula. From thirsty landscapes under summer skies, to the softening hues of autumn. Across windswept winter vistas and brooding cloudscapes, to the green renewal of spring.

Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize for Landscape Photography: The Exhibition
Beach Gallery and Cafe Foreshore Normanville – 27 March – 19 April 10.00am – 4.00pm daily* 

*Please note – the gallery hours above are minimum. Opening hours will be extended depending upon weather conditions and demand

An exhibition featuring the winner and judges final selection of the best entries for the inaugural Prize and the winner of the People’s Choice Award. for further details please contact  greg.mackie@me.com

 

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Photo in header: Jason Porter

About the awards

This new prize and people’s choice award have been made possible because passionate people treasure the gorgeous western Fleurieu Peninsula. An initiative of the District Council of Yankalilla and Greg Mackie OAM – respected South Australian culture broker and place-shaping advisor, we are delighted that the South Australian Tourism Commission and great companies like Fleurieu Living Magazine, Freerange Future, Fleurieu West Connect and Atkins have partnered with us on this creative initiative. They share our belief that for too long people have missed out on the natural beauty to be experienced on the western side of South Australia’s spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula.

Judging criteria

Our panel of judges will apply the following criteria for the Four Seasons Prize:

Each of the four images submitted per $40 entry will capture the essence of the distinctive landscapes of the western Fleurieu

The works will be judged as a group of four – and so the key criteria are:

  • the extent to which they individually and collectively invite and evoke creative imagination
  • technical merit
  • artistic merit
  • creative interpretation

About the judges

William Long

M.Photog IV, MNZIPP, FBIPP, FRPS, Ilford Master, & Eizo Ambassador

Australian Photographer, Speaker and Educator, William Long is one of Australia’s most awarded photographers.  Receiving numerous major photographic prizes and honours both nationally and internationally, including his recent “Quadruple Gold Bar – AIPP Master of Photography” (Australian Institute of Professional Photography), his highly esteemed “Queensland Professional Photographer of the Year” and “British Portrait Photographer of the Year” add further to his accomplishments. William is a past recipient of Fellowships with the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and is also the PhotoWatchDog.

Heidi Linehan

A professional photographer since 1999, Heidi has worked around the world and throughout Australia. Living her childhood dream, she is often paid to travel and create photos of world locations, destinations, special events and portraits – capturing fresh, unique images. These skills were mastered while working for News Limited as a staff photographer, capturing images of news, architecture, features, and covering events such as the Commonwealth Games.

David O'Loughlin

David is Director – Marketing & Communications, with the South Australia Tourism Commission (SATC). He began his career with Young & Rubicam Adelaide in the early 90s before moving for work to London, then Canada and on to Chicago to work for Ogilvy & Mather in key strategy roles. On returning to Australia in 2002, he joined TBWA\TEQUILA, as National Strategy Director. In 2009 he moved to Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney as Head of Strategy, and in March 2011, David returned home to South Australia to take up the senior marketing position with SATC. He is credited with making possible the multi award-winning campaigns for Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley.  In March 2014 David becomes Director of Strategy with leading advertising agency KWP!

Gregory Ackland

Gregory is Principal Lecturer – Visual Art, and Studio Head of Photography and Visual Media with Adelaide College of the Arts. He is  an artist, interested in digital media practices, contemporary art photography and video. Drawing on a painting background, his photographic works continue to investigate the dualistic, centering on beauty, connectedness and fragility.

PhotoWatchDog

The Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize for Landscape Photography is recognised as a ‘top dog’ competition by PhotoWatchDog.

PhotoWatchDog is William Long. He lobbies companies, government departments, and individuals who produce photographic competitions, to establish fair terms and conditions for all entrants.

Photwatchdog

Winners & Finalists

Joint Winner – Richard Kozuszko

Richard“From a young age my parents encouraged me to foster an interest and appreciation for the natural environment, which has continued on into my adult life. I’ve tried to develop my photography from taking simple snap shots of locations I’ve visited, to making a concious attempt at taking photographs that bring out the beauty of the locations I visit while incorporating the mood of the light, weather and how these dynamic elements interact with my feelings at that place and time. I hope this comes across in the images I take and people enjoy viewing them.”

http://rskphotography.com.au/

Joint Winner – Jessica Macrow

Jessica“From an early age I had a love of photography. I owned cameras and loved working in the darkroom in high school. Photography was put on the back burner while I pursued other interests after high school but in 2012 my excitement towards photography returned as I made the switch to a DSLR and became inspired by the local region. I drew my motivation  from local and international landscape photographers, and began developing my craft. Two and a half years later I still enjoy landscape photography and continue to draw inspiration from this wonderful region. My aim for the future is to continue capturing the local landscapes while including people in the images for a more tourism-oriented approach.”

“This competition got me out and about exploring the region and inspired me to approach my landscapes differently, I wanted to create pictures that would motivate people to come and enjoy our area no matter the season.”

http://www.macrowphotography.com.au

Finalist – Joel Durbridge

Joel“I’ve probably had a camera in my hands for about the last 10 years now, while not actively pursuing it as a passion it was more of a point & shoot to capture moments while travelling or on holidays etc, but the last 5 years of that phase has changed from being a nothing serious picture taker to a hobby photographer to someone who is very passionate about photography and capturing the essence and moods of the landscape presented.. I am now running photography workshops with a close friend (Ben Goode) that will highlight special areas around South Australia, to teach and show people the amazing place I’m lucky to call home.”

http://www.joeldurbridge.com.au/

Finalist – Peter Barnes

PeterPeter Barnes is a professional photographer specialising in architectural, industrial and landscape photography. Currently living on the Fleurieu Peninsula at Port Willunga, he has been chasing the photographic essence of the Peninsula, and its coast in particular, for quite a few years now.

“As someone who has long enjoyed photographing the variety of landscapes on offer on the Fleurieu, the Fleurieu Four Seasons competition was a welcome opportunity to re-think old photographs, revisit favourite locations and discover new ones. I was fortunate in that it coincided with a separate commission to provide photographs of the South Australian landscape, so I was able to combine some of my Four Season forays into the area with that job.  The exercise has strengthened my love of the area – Adelaideans are so fortunate to have such a beautiful and diverse region so easily accessible from the city.”

http://fotografo.com.au/

Finalist – Gary Sauer-Thompson

Our common perceptions of the landscape of the western Fleurieu Peninsula are visually framed by the conventions of a tourist aesthetic as a wilderness or as the picturesque.

How do you photograph the landscape of this region when the emphasis is increasingly on tourism as a driver of regional economy? One way is to avoid the visual cliches of wilderness and the picturesque, which historically have been, and still are,  crucial for  the region’s political and social identity.

Over the last 190 years, wilderness has been reduced to the conservation parks and remnant roadside vegetation as landscape has been cleared for dairy farming, forestry, vineyards and human settlement. This is a regional landscape that has been modified, cultivated, enhanced and exploited through human activity to establish an intensive agriculture.

The picturesque, which has historically reconciled economics with the aesthetic value of the land, ignores the ecological consequences of development and forgets that this  landscape is sedimented with historical layers of cultural meanings and social memories.

Picturing the western  Fleurieu landscape: a journey

The landscapes of the western Fleurieu Peninsula invite complex journeys – layerings of people, place, space, past traditions and memories.

One layer is the colonial history of the region that reconciled economics with aesthetic conventions. The picturesque aesthetic accords the land an aesthetic value that is also imbricated with the land’s economic value. Post-colonialism says that the delights of the picturesque landscape (arcadia) was that of the pioneers of a white imperial power.

A second layer of complexity is culture. The modernist paintings of the coast have defined how we represented the coastal landscape of the Fleurieu region since the 1940s. We encounter a cultural space where digital photographs represent natural beauty in the form of a tourism aesthetic. In this space the “natural” world is largely imagined as something prior to, and separate from, human activity. This aesthetic insists on the preservation of a wilderness untouched by civilisation.

The third layering is the micro-climates of the western Fleurieu Peninsula. Different from that of Adelaide, or even the eastern side of the Fleurieu Peninsula, you can start out on a photo excursion with bright blue skies in Victor Harbor; travelling west there is dense fog along the top of Range Rd; and when travelling further westwards to Cape Jervis there is cloud cover and sunshine over the western coast.

A fourth layer of complexity is the difficulty in planning a photoshoot of a specific location with specific light conditions of the four seasons. This necessitates a situational photography that has to work with what is then and there, which, in turn, makes the photography a  gamble. You don’t know what you are going to encounter.

The complexity of the journey,  spread over the four seasons,  means revisiting the same places in vastly different weather conditions; continually seeing things anew, and seeing possibilities that were missed on earlier visits. It is also a slow journey of awareness of how cultural memory, habits and dreams of wilderness are imprinted onto both real and imagined landscapes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sauer-thompson

People’s Choice Award – Steve Janssen

Steve JanssenA local Photographer who loves nothing more than the ever changing landscapes during the seasons of the Fleurieu Peninsula. His dog Thora, his camera, his journey.

“Thora and I headed out for a stroll as we do daily, and this spring day was just perfect for landscape photography of the Second Valley area. Thora is the perfect subject and companion, she showed me the “image” I was looking for by placing herself on her rock with her beloved ball and gazed at the jetty far below………click”

“I loved the concept of the FFS and was onboard from an early stage collecting over 300 images of the area, some panoramic images of 10+ frames stitched together to create 6 meter + long panoramas of huge areas of land and sea. Extremely professionally run competition and I enjoyed the journey from the highs to the lows. As some dude said, “I’ll be back”

About the western Fleurieu Peninsula

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More than a gateway to Kangaroo Island, the western Fleurieu is a destination in its own right. The District of Yankalilla encompasses some 750 square kms on the western and south-western side of South Australia’s glorious Fleurieu Peninsula. Nature is supreme in our part of the world. From the high rainfall dairy country of Parawa to the lush pine forests and pristine conservation parks -there’s more than 600 kms of roadways to explore.

With 2,700 kms of seasonal and permanent watercourses and 80 kms of rugged coastline where hills meet sea, our rivers meet the cooling waters of Gulf St Vincent and Backstair’s Passage. And with 25 kms of clean sandy beaches, no wonder that 4,500 residents are proud to call this place ‘our place’ – farmers, artists, retirees and many thousands more weekend residents and seasonal holiday-makers. Only an hour’s drive south from Adelaide’s CBD, there’s much to discover anew.

Whether you’re a summer person or if winter is your thing, you’ll love the peace – and even want a piece – of this special place.

Experience the undiscovered bays and byways of the western Fleurieu –  more to melt the heart than meets the eye.

Information for Entrants

Hello there photographers, fellow Western Fleurieu ‘landscape ambassadors’ – and Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize for Landscape Photography entrants one and all!

I hope that you have enjoyed your year’s journeying ‘en-Fleurieu’, and that you have captured some of the region’s ever-changing vistas – dances of light and shadow upon extraordinary landscapes.

Some of you may be facing difficult choices for your best four images across the four seasons. By paying for additional registrations, at $40 per entry, as main Prize entrants you are welcome to submit more than one set. Some entrants have already opted to do this – and so this is a note to advise that all entrants can exercise this option.

As an added bonus, each image submitted as part of your main Prize registration will be automatically entered into the People’s Choice Award*.

This is a cultural project designed to celebrate excellence in the landscape photographers’ art, the beauty of the western Fleurieu Peninsula and through this, to promote awareness of this most beautiful part of Australia. As such it is not conceived as a ‘for profit’ endeavour.

Submitting Your Entries

Please forward your four chosen images in individual image files via either express post or registered mail on USB or CDROM and in the highest resolution format available to you.

Each saved file subject field should include your name and If the images have been given names – or locations – please provide this information.

Please also ensure that in the parcel/envelope you include full contact details – name, postal address, phone and email address. Once received, entrants will be contacted via email to confirm safe delivery.

File format

Where possible, but not obligatory, entry format should ideally equate to A3 size at 300 dpi.

More specially, this equates to the following:

Resolution: 300 dpi

Landscape (horizontal) shots:

  • Minimum Width 4961 pixels (420mm)
  • Minimum height 3508 pixels (297mm)

Portrait (vertical) shots:

  • Minimum width 3508 pixels (297mm)
  • Minimum height 4961 pixels (420mm)

A4 at 300 dpi is acceptable, however A3 is preferred.

If any of you have trouble obtaining your images in this format, do not fear, your entries will be judged solely on the qualitative criteria as outlined elsewhere on the website and not by the DPI/pixel count of your images.

The postal address to send them to is – Fleurieu Four Seasons – attention Greg Mackie – 54 Charles St Norwood, SA 5067.

$15,000 Main Prize – Next Steps

In terms of process and timelines for entries to the main Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize – once processed, all sets of four images will be assessed as a group by the panel of four judges in December to determine the five finalists.

All entrants will be advised via email by end December if their set of images has been selected by the judges as one of the five finalists. And all entries will move along as individual entries to the People’s Choice category.

$2,000 People’s Choice Award – Next Steps

All entries to the People’s Choice category not separately submitted as part of a group of four in the Main Prize category are to be submitted in format files as per the instructions above for the Main Prize.

All images will be available for online viewing and voting by the general public from 1 January 2015 via a dedicated page on the Fleurieu West Connect website – or by going to the dedicated URL – http://fwcsa.com.au/ffspc

Voters will register using their email address. There is no cost to vote and people can vote for up to five individual images but can do so only once. Please note – couples or families who share a single email address can only exercise one vote via that single email address.

To provide opportunity for maximum exposure to all entries, voting will be open from 1 January until 5pm Saturday 28 February 2015.

Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize – Finalists’ Exhibition

In addition to the online virtual gallery, there will be an exhibition of the five finalists’ entries for the main Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize category plus the winning entry for the People’s Choice Award. The exhibition will be hosted over Easter and the following three weeks as part of Festival Fleurieu at the soon to be revamped Beach Gallery & Cafe, Normanville from 27 March – 19 April 2015.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

(1) The Inaugural Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize for Landscape Photography is a non-profit  initiative of Greg Mackie OAM under the auspices of the District Council of Yankalilla. It is open to amateur and professional photographers. The judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Entries close midnight Friday 14  November 2014

(2) There are two prize categories:

  1. The Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize for Landscape Photography (FFS) $15,000 first prize – $40 registration for a suite of four images;
  2. The Fleurieu People’s Choice Award for Landscape Photography (FPC) $2,000 main award – free entry but limited to one image per entrant.

(3) Entrants to both Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize and Fleurieu People’s Choice award will submit via email, disc or memory stick, quality resolution photographic images that capture either natural or human-shaped landscapes of the western Fleurieu Peninsula – this region broadly aligns with the local government boundaries of the District Council of Yankalilla (see map on web-site).

(4) To confirm participation in the Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize, entrants will register on-line (via registration field on this web-site) and pay a $40 non-refundable registration fee.

(5) By the closing date indicated in (1) above, registrants to the Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize will submit 4 (four) images  – with each image capturing a scene from one each of the four seasons. Each image may be of different locations within the designated locality.

(6) To submit more than one set of 4 (four) images a participant will pay a $40 registration fee for each set of images entered.

(7) There is no registration fee for entry to the $2,000 Fleurieu People’s Choice Award, however participation is limited to 1 (one) image per entrant. Subject landscape for this award extends to the whole of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

(8) Originators of the images entered will retain copyright to their images. The five finalists for the Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize and the winner of the Fleurieu People’s Choice Award agree to grant to the District Council of Yankalilla and the SA Tourism Commission a non-exclusive license to use the images for the promotion of the Fleurieu Peninsula, its attractions and South Australia.

(9) Unless determined otherwise by the five finalists, the copyright owners of any images used for such purposes as outlined in (8) above will be acknowledged in any print or on-line material.

(10) Finalists for the Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize will each receive a minor prize (details to be later advised) and be eligible for inclusion in a public exhibition to be presented during 2015 at a date and venue to be advised.  Public purchase of numbered and signed limited edition prints is envisaged. Copyright owners of the images will be entitled to receive payment, nett of gallery commission (standard 30 percent) and mounting/framing at cost. (This will be the subject of a separate agreement between the gallery operator and the copyright owners of the competition finalists).

(11) Entries to the Fleurieu People’s Choice Award will be featured in an on-line gallery for the purposes of voting, and the most popular images will be included in the Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize exhibition.

(12) Should there emerge future interest by the competition promoters for the commercialisation of any images via post-card, book or other printed medium for sale, this will be subject to separate negotiation with the copyright holder/s.

(13) Aerial and under-water photography are eligible for entry in either the Prize or the Award categories.

(14) The FFS Prize and FPC Award recipient images will be featured in Fleurieu Living Magazine.

(15) Entrants will be separately advised of the email and/or postal address to send their image files.