Eyre Peninsula photography competition now allows Point Lowly images

A photography competition has been announced with the purpose of celebrating ‘the stunning part of the world’ that is South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. The competition entitled Images of the Beauty of Eyre Peninsula is accepting entries of photographs from the region until July 31st 2012, though there was some initial doubt over the eligibility of photographs taken on the Point Lowly Peninsula.

A Giant Australian Cuttlefish camouflages among the weed at Black Point, 2011

A Giant Australian Cuttlefish camouflages among the weed at Black Point, 2011

The competition’s entry form states: ‘All photos must be taken on Eyre Peninsula and outlying islands south of the imaginary line from the Head of the Bight to Whyalla.’ After enquiring, we were informed that Point Lowly was outside the ‘geographical boundary’ of the competition and therefore our Cuttlefish Country photos would be ineligible. After asking about the justification for excluding Lowly (which lies comfortably within major sponsor Regional Development Australia – Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula’s jurisdiction, as the map below shows) the presenting Port Lincoln Camera Club committee consulted further with RDAWEP. It was ultimately determined that images from the Point Lowly Peninsula would be allowed afterall.

RDAWEP Map of Eyre Peninsula (including Point Lowly)

RDAWEP Map of Eyre Peninsula (including Point Lowly)

We see this exhibition as an opportunity for us to share the beauty of the place we call Cuttlefish Country with other South Australians, many of whom may not yet know the environmental and social value of this special place. We also urge any of our readers and friends to submit their own cherished photographs from Point Lowly, Lucky Bay and Lipson Cove… the three locations which we fear will bear much of the environmental and social cost of the State’s promised mining boom as new ports, plants and industrial infrastructure is built.

Emma Sterling shoots sunset at Black Point, August 2011

Emma Sterling shoots sunset at Black Point, August 2011

The works for exhibition and recipients of RDAWEP sponsored cash prizes will ultimately be selected by a judging panel comprised of tourism, artistic and photographic professionals.  There are three cash prizes offered, for each of 6 categories. The categories are:

  • “Experiencing” Eyre Peninsula (activities like fishing, kite-surfing, scuba-diving)
  • Monochrome
  • Landscapes/Seascapes (manipulated images accepted)
  • Nature
  • Panoramas
  • People/Portraiture of industry operators on Eyre Peninsula within their workplace

Entrants can submit up to 2 images per category, at a cost of $5 per entry (plus return postage if required).

After judging in early August 2012, the works will be displayed at:

Walter Nicholls Memorial Gallery
Civic Hall Complex, Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln.
Tuesday 21st August to Saturday – 1st September 2012
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Find out more and download your entry from at the Port Lincoln Camera Club’s website.


Dan Monceaux is a South Australian documentary filmmaker and the director of Cuttlefish Country.

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