Winners of Sea Country photo competition announced

Published: 03/07/2012

A photograph of four Indigenous boys in a mangrove-lined creek has won the major prize in a photographic competition run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

The winning image in the inaugural Sea Country Partnerships Photographic Competition was taken by Hopevale photographer Kathi Gibson-Steffensen at Munbah, near Hopevale, in Cape York Peninsula.

Judges said the photograph, titled 'Fountain of Youth - our waters are also our enjoyment' was a great visual interpretation of the link between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their Sea Country.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Indigenous Partnerships Group Director Liz Wren commended the high calibre of entries.

"The competition was a great opportunity to visually showcase the story connection that Traditional Owners have to the Great Barrier Reef," she said.

"The judges were really impressed by the interpretation of subjects captured in each category, and the thought and feeling behind them.

"The winning photo shows that enjoyment is an important element of people's connection to country."

The competition attracted more than 80 images from throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Torres Strait.

As well as the overall winner, 15 entries won prizes across five categories.

All winning entries are now on display at Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

GBRMPA board member and Wulgurukaba Traditional Owner, Melissa George, is announcing the winners and launching the exhibition at 10am today (3 July 2012).

She will also present Ms Gibson-Steffensen with the top prize of a Nikon D-3100 camera and twin lens kit.

Ms Gibson-Steffensen said she was honoured to win the competition and wished to acknowledge the Traditional Owners on whose land the photograph was taken.

"The location of this photograph is one of the special places of the Guugu Yimithirr people of Hopevale," she said.

The competition offered more than $5000 in prizes, including an iPad2 for each category winner.

It was funded through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Reef Rescue Land and Sea Country Indigenous Partnerships Program.

For more information, please visit the Photographic competition winners page.


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