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Lens Mist photography competition shines a light on Port Phillip Bay

9 March 2016

Talented photographers young and old have captured the beauty of Port Phillip Bay for the annual City of Kingston Lens Mist Photography Competition.

More than 150 entries were received before the winners were announced at the recent Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival.

Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said the annual competition continues to grow in both size and calibre, and has become one of Melbourne’s premier photography awards.

“Photographers are asked to provide a creative response to Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay, employing originality, imagination and technique,” Cr Bearsley said. “This year’s theme was ‘light’.”

Winners were selected by an expert panel including Centre for Contemporary Photography Curator Pippa Milne, photographic artist Valerie Sparks, Kingston Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee Member Michele Cooper-Hede.

Works by the winners and finalists will be on display, and available for purchase, at competition sponsor Westfield Southland until Sunday 13 March.  

Winners for 2016 are:

Lens Mist Open: Damian Guiney Sliver 2015

The image of a solitary lighthouse employs excellent technique and symmetry. Light cuts through the image, recalling a lighthouse’s beam in the dark of night. The near exclusive use of black also demonstrates an original approach in capturing Port Phillip Bay.

Junior Lens Mist: Gabriel Cali In the Still of the Night 2016

Gabriel demonstrates technique beyond his years. Capturing a sole figure on the beach surrounded by a ring of light, his image is imaginative and evokes an air of mystery and awe.

Little Lens Mist: Isabella Bonica-Wilkins Mermaids and Waves 2016

Isabella’s image possesses a great depth of field in capturing a typical childhood activity, creating sandcastles on the beach. The image evokes a sense of play and nostalgia on behalf of the viewer.

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