'The Final Colour' by Freya McGrath - plunge winner
'The Final Colour' by Freya McGrath - plunge winner

Valley snappers find plenty of 'hidden treasures'

THERE were crabs, horses, ships and angels in among the hidden treasures found by eager Clarence Valley photographers this year.

They were some of the 206 entries entered into the plunge festival InFocus photo competition with the winners announced this week.

The winners were: The Final Colour by Freya McGrath - plunge winner, Washed Ashore Treasure by Joy Hayman-Ward - DSLR winner, Angel by Tetley Bryant - Mobile winner, Just Kidding by Steve Otton - Compact winner and Crabs on the Run by Annabel Green - Youth winner.

Judges Adam Hourigan, Simon Hughes and Debrah Novak were impressed by the quality of entries across all categories.

"There's a good use of differential focus, lots of clever ideas and plenty of funny shots, and the range of entries covers the whole Clarence from country to coast, which is great," they said.

In a first, the competition held a youth category, providing a different perspective.

"It was great to see so many fantastic photos from the budding young photographers of the Valley and it is inspirational to see our Valley through their eyes," said Sarah Nash, community projects officer and co-ordinator of the InFocus competition.

"The Youth images certainly had the most humour of all the categories."

In another first for the InFocus competition, the winners announcement was brought forward so they can be featured in our plunge art and culture festival booklet for 2017.

The five winning images will also be featured in an exhibition at the Grafton Regional Gallery which opens on March 31 as part of the plunge Art and Culture festival.

Past winners of the InFocus competition will also be featured in an exhibition during plunge at Grafton Shoppingworld called InFocus Looking Back.



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