I was incredibly excited to be selected as one of 28 finalists in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize inaugural Landscape and Wildlife Photography Award, but with only two hotly-contested prizes up for grabs, I was REALLY not expecting to win anything.
The exhibition opening was held at the Arts and Ecology Centre at Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens on Thursday, 5 November. I've never been to an exhibition opening before (let alone had my work displayed in one) so it was an awesome experience just being there.
The gallery staff did an absolutely amazing job of the event. There were well over 100 guests, and we were treated to pats from Geckoes Wildlife's cuddly animals (a wombat, baby crocodile and black-headed python), amazing food inspired by the Australian bush, a wonderful flautist and, of course, about 40 spectacular Landscape and Wildlife photographs.
What a massive (and fantastic!!) surprise to be announced as the recipient of the Highly Commended prize with my photograph of a baby green tree snake! I am absolutely stoked!
Congratulations to Irma Ferreira who took out first place with her beautiful photo of smoke over the Glasshouse Mountains.
The free exhibition runs until the 25 November - if you live on the Sunshine Coast, I encourage you to go along and check out some amazing images of our region's natural beauty and biodiversity.