Photographic competition winners 2012

The winners of the inaugural Sea Country Partnerships Photographic Competition were announced on 3 July 2012 as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

 Fountain of Youth - our waters are also our enjoyment by Kathi Gibson-Steffensen.

Fountain of Youth - our waters are also our enjoyment by Kathi Gibson-Steffensen.


The overall winner was Hopevale photographer Kathi Gibson-Steffensen for her image of four Indigenous boys in a mangrove-lined creek near Hopevale in Cape York Peninsula. The image was taken at Munbah, at one of the special places of the Guugu Yimithirr people of Hopevale.

She won a Nikon D-3100 DSLR camera with twin lens kit.

Fifteen other entries won prizes across five categories.

The competition was run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the Great Barrier Reef.

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

Categories 1st Place 2nd Place
3rd Place
Category 1: Great Barrier Reef Sea Country
Sacred Rock – protection over the waters by Kathi Gibson-Steffensen of Hopevale
My son at Cape Hillsborough National Park by Charmaine Miller of Mackay
My daughter heading towards the seagrass beds at Archer Point at low tide by Larissa Hale of Archer Point
Sacred Rock – protection over the waters by Kathi Gibson-Steffensen of Hopevale
My son at Cape Hillsborough National Park by Charmaine Miller of Mackay
My daughter heading towards the seagrass beds at Archer Point at low tide by Larissa Hale of Archer Point
 Prize 16GB iPad2 500GB external hard drive 12" digital photo frame

Categories 1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
Category 2: Traditional Use of Marine Resources Enjoying the weekend fishing by Zeila Wallace of Archer Point
Shell Jewellery by Rozina Seru of Townsville
Finding a clam by Cath Weston of Magnetic Island
Enjoying the weekend fishing by Zeila Wallace of Archer Point
Shell Jewellery by Rozina Seru of Townsville
Finding a clam by Cath Weston of Magnetic Island
Prize
16GB iPad2 500GB external hard drive 12" digital photo frame

Categories 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Category 3: Elders and Youth A grandmother passing her knowledge to her granddaughter using string figures by Dennis Newie of Moa Island
Mum with niece. Mum is always keen to get us kids fishing and camping by Claudia Moondoonuthi of Aurukun
Grandfather and grandson spearing in the shallows at Archer Point by Larissa Hale of Archer Point
A grandmother passing her knowledge to her granddaughter using string figures by Dennis Newie of Moa Island Mum with niece. Mum is always keen to get us kids fishing and camping by Claudia Moondoonuthi of Aurukun Grandfather and grandson spearing in the shallows at Archer Point by Larissa Hale of Archer Point
 Prize  16GB iPad2  500GB external hard drive  12" digital photo frame

Categories 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Category 4: Sea Country Art, Music or Dance My painting of where the land meets the sea – fish and nets and lore poles by Claudia Moondoonuthi of Aurukun
Ku Ku Yalanji girl turtle dreaming by Deborah O'Leary of Townsville
Sapuruka - Mer Island Dancer by Rozina Seru of Townsville
My painting of where the land meets the sea – fish and nets and lore poles by Claudia Moondoonuthi of Aurukun Ku Ku Yalanji girl turtle dreaming by Deborah O'Leary of Townsville

Sapuruka - Mer Island Dancer by Rozina Seru of Townsville

 Prize  16GB iPad2  500GB external hard drive  12" digital photo frame

Categories 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Category 5: Working on Sea Country and Partnerships Big Bertha. The shell was 117cm long and it took six people to carry her by Larissa Hale of Archer Point.
Managing and caring for our magnificent horses on our beautiful islands. Environmental partnership with the council by Dennis Newie of Moa Island
Learning how to use new sequences on an iTracker. Taken at Archer Point by Michael Hale
Big Bertha. The shell was 117cm long and it took six people to carry her by Larissa Hale of Archer Point. Managing and caring for our magnificent horses on our beautiful islands.  Environmental partnership with the council by Dennis Newie of Moa Island Learning how to use new sequences on an iTracker. Taken at Archer Point by Michael Hale
 Prize  16GB iPad2  500GB external hard drive  12" digital photo frame