The focus on the York subject category at this year's York Photographic Awards attracted strong support. Out of the total of 137 entries in the competition's four categories the York subject received 29.

The official opening of the photographic exhibition and presentation of awards on Saturday March 23 was carried out by the owner of the York Pharmacy and long time awards' sponsor, Matthew Reid.

Judges Victor France and Dana Kornhauser were impressed with the standard of entries. As in previous years, the awards attracted entries from throughout the state.

A photograph entitled, Under a Southern Sky by David Mizen from Kalamunda was winner of the open colour category. It was described by the judges as 'an evocative image with quiet mood and gentle expressiveness with subtle colour that draws the viewer back for further contemplation'.

Gavin David from York won the creative photography category with an image entitled, Highlighted Castle. The judges said 'the subject matter and composition formed a solid basis for dramatic manipulation'. Mr David's photograph, Joe's Spot, featuring a bright blue older model utility parked in Avon Terrace, won the York subject category last year.

In the monochromatic photography category the winner was Beauty in all she is, by Kate Tye. It was described as 'a well constructed, totally balanced photograph conveying a lightness of space with clarity of foreground detail and subtle architectural references'.

In the feature category, York subject, the winning photograph was called York Sunset by Georgina Steytler from Toodyay. The judges said the image was 'instantly recognizable and quintessentially York'. It seamlessly combined elements of the natural landscape, rural architecture and human occupation and was technically well produced.

In his opening address, Matthew Reid, said he had become involved in the York Photographic Awards many years ago because of the film processing service the pharmacy provided. Digital images had now taken over and offered many more options. Photographs were once thought to steal the soul of those appearing in them. They were now a universally accepted medium, he said.

York Society president, Bill Roy, paid tribute to the awards' sponsors and the organizing committee who worked tirelessly over many months to stage the event.

Lindsay McNeill

TOP:  Georgina Steytler from Toodyay receives her award in the York subject category from guest of honour, Matthew Reid, with her winning photograph, York Sunset.
WEB PAGE : Sponsors, Dana and Matthew Reid with three of the category winners at this year's photographic awards (L-R) Georgina Steytler, David Mizen and Gavin David.