By Jed Lanyon
The winners of the eighth annual Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank calendar competition were announced on Wednesday 21 August at the Warburton Arts Centre.
87 photographs were submitted and the most popular People’s Choice category saw 1653 votes cast online and at the arts centre over the past month.
The competition saw a wide range of photos from photographers of all ages, based on the competition’s theme ‘Upper Yarra, my place, my community’.
Ross Coulter and Gathoni Howard were the two judges who assisted this year, selecting the Judges Choice and the Judges Choice U18 categories.
The Judges Choice was awarded to Ryan Tews for his photograph titled ‘The Snowy Beginnings of Cement Creek’, Judges U18 Choice was awarded to Marli Lawson, aged nine, for her photograph titled ‘Distance’ and the People’s Choice winner was Jessica Bennett, aged 12, for her photo titled ‘Smoky Evening’.
The Warburton Branch Staff Choice was awarded to Heather Walker for her photograph titled ‘Can you see the ant?’ and the Yarra Junction Staff Choice was awarded to Joanne Hartley for her photo titled ‘Burras 2’.
Runners up were John Bramley, Angie Schmitzer, Paul Colcheedas, Ray McMahon, Jacinta Carter, Georgia Martin and Stuart Cooper.
The 12 winning photographs will now make up the Community Bank Calendar for 2020. To see the winning photographs visit: www.upperyarra.net.au