Best of My Backyard Photography Competition

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Welcome to Best of My Backyard - Waratah-Wynyard Photography Competition. Finalists in the competition will be on display at the Wonders of Wynyard Information Centre until the end of October 2012.

This competition is about showcasing the best of our backyard, the Waratah-Wynyard municipality. From Boat Harbour to Yolla, the Waratah-Wynyard Council called for entries that shared what you think is great about our municipality using photographs and videos to tell your story. Council will use selected competition entries to promote our municipality as a great place to live, work and play.

The Best of My Backyard Photography Competition asked for both photographs and videos in the following sections: Primary School, High School and Open. There will also be an award for the People's Choice. Voting is available by viewing the finalists at the Wonders of Wynyard Information Centre.

Click here to a view a gallery of the finalists.


First Prize Open Section: Sneaky by Mary Viney
Second Prize Open Section: Fossil Bluff by Dennis Hulme
Third Prize Open Section: Volcanic Sunset by Jeff Crowe
People's Choice Award: Skimboarding at Boat Harbour by Lissie Rustage
First Prize High School Section: Picture Perfect at Boat Harbour by Monte Bovill
Highly Commended High Scool: Simplicty - a flower in my garden at Boat Harbour by Stephanie Campbell
First Prize Primary School Section: Ryan Learns to Swim by Keaton Edwards
Highly Commended Primary School: Chilly Morning at Henrietta by Kayden Gardner

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to over 200 entrants and 200 people that voted in the People's Choice Award.

Prizes included

While photographs and video entries were eligible if taken within the Waratah-Wynyard local government area, Council invited anyone who loves spending time in our backyard to participate. So whether you live, work or play in the Waratah-Wynyard area entries were called for to help us tell your, your family, friends and others ‘Best of My Backyard’ story - the people, places, lifestyle, landscape, history and heritage.


Photography Competition Category - People

People – who are the people who make up Waratah-Wynyard and what do they do? Send us your best image/s or video/s that captures the many characters that make Waratah-Wynyard such a great place to live. We want pictures of people at work, play and everything in between. Please ensure that you have a signed release form and submit this as part of your entry (available here).


Photography Competition Category - Places

Places - Waratah-Wynyard is made up of some amazing locations. Send us your best image/s or video/s that represent our neighbourhood and what it offers to locals and tourists alike. Made a journey around our region? Why not send us your top five experiences that you encountered on your journey?


Photography Competition Category - Lifestyle

Lifestyle - what do we do? How do we fill in time in our area? From sport to recreation, Waratah-Wynyard offers plenty of things for people of all ages to do. Send us your best image/s or video/s that capture everything that is good about living in this part of the world.


Photography Competition Category - Pets

Pets - cats, dogs, mice and many more animals live with us in this great part of the world. Share with us your image/s or video/s of your animals and the part they play in your lives.


Photography Competition Category - Four Seasons

Four Seasons - Tasmania, and indeed Waratah-Wynyard is renowned for having four seasons in one day, but what we are after is your best image/s or video/s of autumn, spring, summer and winter and how it affects our landscape. Is there nothing better than looking at Table Cape in spring or being at Waratah in winter?


Photography Competition Category - Heritage / Nature

Heritage/Nature - There’s a lot of history out there and plenty of nature to boot. From the tallest of trees in the Tarkine to the treasure trove of everything to our west, Waratah-Wynyard’s heritage and nature is what we are after. Share with us your best image/s and video/s that capture this spirit.


Voting and judging

The judging period for all Sections other than People’s Choice started on Monday 3 September, 2012 at 9.00am EST and finished on Wednesday 12 September, 2012 by the selected panel and will be final. (No correspondence will be entered into). People’s Choice was voted by the public online and at the Wonders of Wynyard Information Centre from Tuesday 2 October, 2012 until Wednesday 10 October, 2012.

The panel of judges comprised of representatives of the Organiser will select the winning entrants in the stated categories. The judges reviewed and assessed each entry in accordance with the following criteria: (i) creativity and (ii) relevance to the Competition categories. The entries that receive the highest score/s when assessed against the aforementioned criteria will be declared the category winner/s of the Competition.

Voting was determined by selected guest judges (below) and their decision is final.

Terms and Conditions



Images will be exhibited at the Wonders of Wynyard Information Centre and online. Winners were recognised at the exhibition launch at the Wonders of Wynyard Information Centre on Thursday 11 October, 2012 from 5.30pm. Council reserves the right to use images for promotional purposes.

The Competition started at 9.00am EST on Tuesday 24 July, 2012 and CLOSED at 6.00pm EDST on Friday  31 August, 2012.

Thanks to

Owen Hughes
Harvey Norman, Burnie
The Wynyard Camera Club
The Wynyard Wharf Hotel
The Lighthouse Film Society
Corinna Wilderness Experience
West Tamar Council
Just Art & Framing Gallery, Burnie
The Advocate Newspaper

Waratah Wynyard Council
21 Saunders Street : PO Box 168, Wynyard TAS 7325
Phone (03) 6443 8333 : Fax (03) 6443 8383 : Email:
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