Competing photographic competitions

The sixth annual Narooma HuntFest was held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, with organisers hailing the event as a complete success.

The number of people that attended the hunting and outdoor expo wasn’t available at the time of print, but organisers said they had handed out over 500 show bags to the children that came along with their parents to HuntFest.

HuntFest coordinator and president of the South Coast Hunters Club, Dan Field said it was another great family event, that had attracted a huge amount of tourism to the area, which could only help the local economy.

“We had a huge amount of photos entered in our photographic competition, with entries coming from all around Australia,” he said.

The winners of the 2018 HuntFest photographic competition were announced at O’Brien’s Hotel on Sunday night with David Roper from Qld winning the Archery and Wildlife categories.

The Junior winner was Noah Palmer of Dungog, Scenery winner was Kadeja Assada; Female winner was Wade Edwards of Tumbarumba and the Hunting Winner was Steve Lurie of Qld.

Each of the winners received a plaque and a Cannon camera.

HuntFest organisers also recognised the youth that had been volunteering at HuntFest for five years.

They were Sari, Kobe and Jessie Jenkins, Steven Vickers and Angela Garrad.

“As volunteers ourselves we teach our kids to become volunteers on various stalls at HuntFest.

“We also raised $509 from our Archery in a Container stall over the weekend, all of which will be donated to CanAssist in Batemans Bay,” Mr Field said.

Visitors to the shire also had the opportunity to visit the Animals in the Wild photographic exhibition that was run over the long weekend at Gallery Bodalla.

More than 300 entries were whittled down by preliminary judges before the winners were judged by internationally-renowned Australian photographer, Rex Dupain.

Narooma’s Tess Poyner was the winner of the most beautiful image of an animal in the wild photographed by a photographer aged 16 years or under with her ‘unreal’ looking photo of a ‘Gecko On The Sand’.

The ‘Birth of a Cicada’ by photographer Helen Nugent was the winner of the image that most evokes a connection with an animal in the wild in Australia. The most beautiful image of a bird in the wild in Australia, was won by Amanda Bull.