The York Society's annual Photographic Awards and exhibition were again held in the week leading up to Easter and well supported by both exhibitors and visitors.

There were 129 entries for this year's awards in three categories as well as a major award for the best photograph featuring a York subject from any category. The awards were judged by prominent Perth photographers Domenic Papalia and Ernest Cesar.

The exhibition was opened by  the immediate past president of the York Society, Bill Roy who was introduced by current president, Sheryl Russo.

In his opening address, Bill related the changes in photographic technology over the 60 years he had been taking photos. His first camera was a Kodak Box Brownie with no brand name and bought in a chemist shop in the 1950's. His next was second hand  and had holes in the bellows.

Early in the 1960's he received money for a new camera and bought a Voigtlander with built in light meter but he had to estimate distance to focus it. In 1970 he got a 35mm SLR with through-the-lens focusing. He now has a digital camera which "captures more than you can see. "Coupled with a computer you can bring out form and colour you don't know are there." Mr Roy paid special tribute to Liz Parker and Ken Emberson who were major contributors to the ongoing success of the awards and exhibition.

In presenting the awards, the judges said the overall standard was excellent. It was often difficult to pick winners and someone always ended up disappointed.

Award winners were: Open Colour - Paul Jarvis from Quinns Rock with Beach Babies. In their comments the judges said the photograph had lovely colours and was a simple image with great depth and balance. Creative Photography - Natalie Grinbergs from Willagee won with Unconventional Marriage.  The judges said the photograph had  great composition and was a lovely, quirky portrait that provoked emotion.

The award for Monochromatic Photography went to Lisa Astle from York with Timeless. This was an emotive black and white photograph, slightly soft in the faces which gave suppleness to the image.  York Subject - Cindy Bosveld from Warnbro won with The Old Holden Ute. The judges said the photograph had lovely composition and perspective.  The number plate tied the photo to York and typified the rustic charm of the town.

Lindsay McNeill

Photographic awards judge Ernest Cesar with winner of the Monochromatic Photography category, Lisa Astle from York with her children who appeared in the photo and former York Society president, Bill Roy.

Winner of the York Subject award, Cindy Bosveld with award sponsors Dayna and Matthew Reid from York Pharmacy.

York Society representatives Ken Emberson (organizing committee), president Sheryl Russo, Liz Parker (organizing committee) and past president, Bill Roy, with the photograph of the Avon River in York bought by the York Society for its collection.