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Moorabool Photo Competition

The following is an article from the Moorabool News, our local rag here in Bacchus Marsh/Ballan, Victoria, Aus. You might be interested in having a go!!!

A quick click could be the trick
Capturing faces and places on film (or digital) over the Christmas holidays could earn for you a great prize in the Ballan Lions Club’s first Photography Competition and Exhibition.

The theme is “Faces and Places of Moorabool” and entrants have the option of either just exhibiting their photographs for sales, or entering one of the three categories for a prize.

Children can enter up to three photographs in the Primary School age group or Secondary School age group, and there is an open section for everyone. Entries submitted in the competition must be in 4”x6” printed format.

The fee for each competition e…

When is giving it away okay?

As a photographer, one of the greatest compliments to receive, I feel, is being asked by someone if they can use one of my photographs. My photos locally have been used in brochures to promote features of the town by non-profit groups and my Avenue of Honour series now features as letterhead for the local tourist association.

Sometimes these photos are used gratis (and this I give willingly) and sometimes the organisations pay for them although I rarely charge them much because I know they are not all that flush (but then neither am I).

So, when I got a phone call from a Federal Government agency last week asking for permission to use a photo I had taken of one of their education programs, at first I was quite pleased. Having worked in this type of industry in the past I didn’t think it w…

Bendigo Gasworks - wanna come along?

My second novel will revolve around an old, abandoned (perhaps) gasworks. I have a little research behind me on how they work (I used to work for an historian who wrote the history of gas in Victoria – very easy reading despite the subject matter!).

Anyway, I want to learn more about an actual gasworks and there is one in Bendigo! It’s not yet open to the public, there are OHS issues about letting people wander around it. However, the trust that manages it will take large groups through for a fee. The fee is a little beyond me at the present time so I’m looking for anyone else interested in coming along, taking some interesting pics (or sketches) or just absorbing some of the information (and hopefully not the toxins) .

If you want to see what it’s all about, their…

A commissioned journey

I don’t know if artists generally shudder at the above term. I’ve found recently it’s a pretty steep learning curve, but the result is sweet.

Two things that helped me to see my recent project through were that I was doing the commission from someone I love working for and respect (I freelance for her) and also a couple of years experience in one of the hardest types of customer service – a call centre for a municipal council! Believe me, people get damned upset if their bin doesn’t get collected … seriously … so trying to satisfy someone else’s aesthetics was relatively stress-free in comparison!

I was asked to do a custom Christmas card for the local newspaper to send out to regular clients. My client had a vague, almost translucent idea of what she wanted. So I started with this littl…

Help a little girl in need

How can you resist the gorgeous ‘come buy me’ look on my Wiggling Whiskers picture?

Nope, this is not a gratuitous attempt to get people to by my art. Well, not exactly. I’ve donated Wiggling Whiskers to Chloe who is a youngster suffering from Ewings Sarcoma.

Please go over and visit Hope for Chloe and have a look at some of the wonderful art that generous redbubblers are donating in the hope that very needed funds will be raised to help this brave little tacker.