AT THE beach one day Rebekka Raven spotted what she thought was a great photo, and got out her beloved IPhone and took a picture.

Little did she think it would be named one of the winners of the plunge INFOCUS photo competition at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Friday night, with her photo displayed on one of four large posters in the courtyard.

"It was so simple," she said after the announcement.

"But to see it now is just surreal. To think my IPhone could do that is just amazing."


Brooms Head photographer Steve Otton took out the compact category of the competition with his image titled "Taking The Strain" and said he had to work for his picture of kids in a tug-of-war at the Brooms Head Sports Day.

"It took a while to get them all into the stream of faces, while I was taking it I was willing them to come together," he said.

"When I got home I realised what I had captured - it was just a prize little photo for me and when the time came to enter the competition that was perfect."

Mr Otton said he had hope the judges would pick up on the symbolism within the photo.

"The way the skin colour of the children alternates I think is a great representation of our community mixed together, both Aboriginal and white."

Hayley Voorand was also recognised at the opening for her photo of artist and singer Grace Hickey which was selected as the plunge winner, being used on the front ocver of the plunge program, but also in advertising and on buses throughout the Clarence Valley.

"Winning it was really great - seeing it everywhere has been amazing, especially for Grace because it's her face up there," she said.

Winner of the DSLR category was Jules Middlebrook with his portrait of an Aboriginal Dancer titled "Dreaming in the Clarence."

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