Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Judges announced for prestigious photographic competition - the Gardens of Stone: In Focus

“The Gardens of Stone: In Focus Photographic Competition is going from strength to strength.  Now a prestigious and independent judging panel has been announced.

Keith Muir, of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, said today that the organisers were delighted to attract three eminent people for the panel.

“News photographer Nick Moir, conservationist Joan Domicelj and Blue Mountains photographer Paul Chantler will bring their own special skills to the challenging job of judging the hundreds of entries,” Mr Muir said.

Nick Moir is a staff photographer with Fairfax Media and his images frequently appear in the Sydney Morning Herald.  But his personal passion is capturing Australia’s dramatic environmental phenomena, from ragged lightning and dust storms and blackening bushfires to the devastating effects of climate change.  Moir has won both a World Press Photo award and the Australian Press Photographer of the Year award.

Joan Domicelj originally trained as an architect and urban planner, with more recent work as a heritage advisor and cross-cultural mediator, in particular on the values and conservation of world heritage properties.  “I coordinated the submission that won World Heritage for the Blue Mountains and have lived there for many years”, Ms Domicelj said.  “I was, with my husband Serge, awarded a Bicentennial Medal for this nomination and was then delighted to chair the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee.”

Paul Chantler's wonderful nature photography can be seen throughout Sydney and the Blue Mountains in a range of gift cards.  “I mainly do landscape photography and enjoy all the activities associated with it, such as bushwalking, getting up and about before dawn, being out in all kinds of weather, finding out of the way spots,” Mr Chantler said.

“Throughout June and July photographers of all levels have been out and about on guided walks in the Gardens of Stone region, gathering photos for the competition,” Mr Muir said.  “We want to spread awareness of this fragile and beautiful but threatened landscape, just two hours from Sydney.”

More than a hundred photographers have already participated, including thirty professional photographers and artists.  The submission deadline for photographers is July 28 and the judging will commence immediately after.  Once images are selected they are destined for a prestigious exhibition in Sydney curated by Tony Bond OAM, former director curator at the Art Gallery of NSW.

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For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)