FIELD OF FIRE: Adam Hourigan’s photograph of Eric Lyons and the iconic caravan on the Yamba Rd at Palmers Island was part of his portfolio that won the Nikon-Walkley Award.
FIELD OF FIRE: Adam Hourigan’s photograph of Eric Lyons and the iconic caravan on the Yamba Rd at Palmers Island was part of his portfolio that won the Nikon-Walkley Award.

Photographer heading towards a blaze of glory

DAILY Examiner chief photographer Adam Hourigan has lit a fire under the prestigious Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize with his photograph of a cane blaze at Palmers Island.

Adam's shot, which ran on the front page of The Daily Examiner on August 9 this year, has reached the semi-finals to remain in contention for the $50,000 first prize.

The Moran Arts Foundation announced the semi-finalists for its annual contemporary photographic prize this week.

The images were chosen from 2700 entries from both professional and amateur Australian photographers.

Award-winning Australian photographer William Long is co-judging this year's prize.

He said this year's entries "demonstrate the high level of excellence in visual communication and the diversity of imagination contained within the Australian community".

"Photography is now such an everyday part of our lives, and that has been clearly demonstrated by the wide variety of entries."

The winners of the 2014 Moran Prizes will be announced on October 28.

Reaching the semi-finals of such a prestigious competition continues a remarkable month for Adam.

His portrait photo of Clarence Valley icon Spiro Notaras in the Saraton Theatre earned him 95 points and a coveted Gold Distinction at the 2014 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards.

"It's been a wonderful day with two other prints doing really well and having enough points to earn my Master of Photography title - but this is by far and away the best result I've ever had and I'm just so grateful that my initial idea has come out so well. Unbelievable," Adam said.

Adam said there was a moment at the awards night that put everything into perspective for him.

"It was amazing to see William Long get his fifth gold bar to his masters. To put that in perspective, I have 15 points, he has 65," Adam said.

"Further to that, he was awarded an honorary life membership of the AIPP."



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