Winners of the 2019 Life and Light in the Western Region announced

Winners of the 2019 Life and Light in the Western Region announced

The winners of the highly regarded Life and Light in the Western Region Photo Competition have been announced with Charli Smith showing she is one of the most talented young photographers in the far west by taking out both the secondary colour and secondary black and white categories.

Charli, who lives at White Cliffs and was the winner of the secondary colour category in 2018, was thrilled to hear she had won in both categories, especially considering the quality of entrants.

“I was really surprised and happy to hear I had won as I know how many people take part in this competition each year,” Charli said.

“The Life and Light comp is something I look forward to taking part in every year and it always produces such amazing photos across all categories.”

A total of 272 entries across nine categories were received, all of which were taken in the Western Local Land Services region and linked to the theme of ‘Beyond the dust’.

The Life and Light Photo Competition is run jointly by Western Local Land Services and Western Landcare NSW, with the prize money made possible thanks to the sponsors.

For further information on the photo competition, and to view galleries of the images from 2019 and previous years, visit

2019 Life and Light Photo Competition winners

  • colour open – “Drink ‘o’ clock at the waterhole” by Ruth Sandow
  • colour secondary – “Beauty After the Dust” by Charli Smith
  • colour primary – “Desert Flowers” by Abbie Kelly
  • black and white open – “Where there is life, there is hope” by Maureen Duncan
  • black and white secondary – “Just Having a Rest” by Charli Smith
  • black and White primary – “Donkey Stare Off” by Zahra Cawley
  • professional – “Webs on Cotton Field” by Myriam Bruinen
  • people’s choice – “Calm Before the Dust” by Jessie Rogers.

Source: Western Local Land Services

Featured Image: Wilderness – MYRIAM BRUINEN