Winners snap cash

Winners snap cash

I like to take part in community events and this year, with the help of my assistant and keen photographer Katrina Condie, I decided it would be great to get involved in Artfest - two weeks of creativity in the Milton-Ulladulla District.

Artfest showcases the community's creativity, from painting and sculpture to music, writing, performance and, of course, photography. With our Milton office windows and ideal place to display artwork, we thought a photo competition might be a great way to go. We called for people to send in photos that reflect Milton's rural lifestyle and we expected to see everything from an old bloke on a tractor to the rolling green pastures of our dairy country.

Wow - what a response!

And what a diverse array of entries. Yes, there were cows - and a gorgeous cow photo ended up taking out first prize - but we had old gates, teens camping with their utes under the stars, colourful roosters, silos, bushfires and even a push bike in a dam!

Overwhelmed by the response, we chose a selection of entries to showcase in our windows, both inside and out, during the day and night of the Milton Gallery Walk.

Hundreds of art lovers wandered the streets of Milton during the walk, taking in exhibitions at more than 20 venues and soaking up the sounds of local buskers on every street corner. The convivial atmosphere was typical of our wonderful town as people chatted, sipped wine and admired the works on show.

We had hundreds through our office and they were asked to cast their votes for their favourite open and junior image (after we found it was too hard to choose a winner - and our staff couldn't agree!).

The votes flowed in and Kara Payne's gorgeous photo of a British White bull in front of a barbed wire fence was the winner and had overwhelming support.

Reilly Hatwell's creative photo of his push bike reflected in a dam was equally as popular with the voters.

Kara took home $200 cash and Reilly won $150 for his efforts.

The photo comp turned out to be a fantastic events and one that we we continue for many years to come, with different themes to reflect our region.

A selection of our entries will be published in a coffee table book with proceeds to the hard working Friends of Milton Library group.

The Milton Library is just up the road from our office and was saved from closure two years ago. A group of volunteers now open the library additional days and run community programs such as book clubs and literary events. We're really happy to be able to help them out.

Photo books are $35 each and can be ordered until November 1 by contacting Katrina on 44541900 or email kcondie@rhmollymook.com.au