WINNER - PHOTOGRAPHY - ADULT Samantha Lee Curran "depth of your blue"
Primarily, I am a poet, and I believe that poetry is often overlooked because there is no instant gratification in viewing it like you would an artwork. I wanted to create something tangible and bring my poetry off the page. The busy background, the reflections on the glass and my handwriting may be distracting and make it difficult to read the poem, however, this encourages you to look closely and carefully to take it in. You might have to move angles to read, but the purpose is to make you truly look and see things from a different perspective.
HIGHLY COMMENDED PHOTOGRAPHY - ADULT "Rolling Light" by Kate Mackenzie
"Floral Patterns" by Taïs Turner
The patterns inside flowers are so amazing, I never tire of photographing them. Every one is a new and exciting discovery of the hidden beauty within, waiting to be revealed. This has parallels with our human selves. If we are willing to look, we will see intricacies inside each of us. I aim to never stop being curious.
"Hope for New Life" by Murray
"Behind the Mask" by Livonne Larkins
Too often we wear a mask to hide our flaws. But our true selves, scars, flaws and all are more beautiful than the false masks we hide behind.
"When Life Goes Pear-shaped" by K
this photo was taken whilst undertaking a visual arts course (photography component) I remembered in our drawing class our teacher had spoken about apples and pears being aesthetically pleasing......finding the perfect pears was the challenge!
"Happiness Is" by Hilary Stewart
One New Year’s Eve, on the spur of the moment, I went to the fireworks in Wentworth Falls. I captured this spontaneous photograph. It fills me with joy – the child’s exuberance in line with the flash of fireworks...
"Footloose and Fancy Free" by Trisha Merriman
This is Kiah riding her horse Dosh photographed at Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Centre, this is where I do my Horse Therapy with the support of NDIS and Flourish Australia. This photograph represents enthusiasm and joy for life and adventure with no fear.
"Moments of Reflection" by Kylie Marshall
I love being outside in nature and watching the clouds. Seeing the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer. Even on the hard days, when the anxious thoughts are often on repeat, I remember that I am a part of something bigger and I can find the calm within. There is always something to be grateful for – even if it’s just a sunset.
"Blooming in Solitude" by Misha Maddock
Sometimes solitude is all we need.
"The Joys of Spring" by Edward Kerr
I am not a prolific or great photographer. This photo cheered me up.
"Give Me a Kiss" by Serina Hollman
I receive the most wonderful visitors on my balcony.
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" by Xoda Gushiken
Sometimes my cat Menphis expresses how I feel better than I can.
"Life" by Bunny Griffin
"Acceptance in Full Bloom" by Casey Gray
“Acceptance in Full Bloom” captures the profound well-being cultivated through introspection and self-acceptance. This creation embodies the recognition of our innate beauty, often we only observe in others, as we embrace our physical, social, and emotional selves. The fusion of image and sentiment evokes a deep sense of understanding, inviting others to embark on their own path of self-discovery.
"Mist in the Trees" by Greenhalgh Photography
it was a foggy morning in Bathurst, NSW, I knew a few trees that I love to take pictures of the lighting was perfect and the fog in the trees looked magical.
"Post Traumatic Growth 4" by Michelle Exhales
Hiya, my name is Michelle. I’m a psychologist and artist. I have the traits of ‘sensory processing sensitivity’, ‘high sensation seeking’, 'hyperphantasia' and have experienced post-traumatic growth. I refer to myself as a ‘creative contemplative artist’ because I make art as a meditation, a contemplation, an act of kindness and a prayer. I make art as a way of investigating and understanding my own nature and the nature of the cosmos. And just for the fun and joy of it!
"Grounding" by Ivy Grant
It is done, you are safe, it is golden.
"Billy" by Hannah Goode
I’ve just had a new roof put on. Billy had no idea what those people were doing on and around the house. He was very scared with all the noise. He ran into the bedroom and hid under the blanket.
"Church Under Cloud" by Peter Ball
"My kids, dad and me" by Christopher Derrick
This picture was taken nearly 16 years ago, it was the first time in several months that I was able to see my children after the divorce started.
"Fox in the City" by Monique Donaldson
I did this photo of an image containing two paintings and some ceramics to create an integrated picture. It is a fairytale scene with bubbles descending.
"Double Delight" by Catherine Cole
My daughter Rose and Lights, delights of my life.
"Me and My Thoughts" by Tracey Crerar
Traditional Black & white photograph shot on film, processed and hand printed by myself
"Blues brother: on a mission to be cute" by Rose Fitzpatrick
This is a photo of my pup Lightning. He is known as Lights to his friends, family and fans. His Aunty Jenna brought him this adorable sun hat and not 1 pair, not 2 pairs but 3 pairs of cute glasses, back from her trip to South Korea. He is a very loved pup.