Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest judge for a photography competition ran by Penrith Council. The theme of the competition was ‘Water, the source of life’. The competition is designed to reward local photographic talent and inspire the residents of the Penrith Council to get out and explore their surrounding areas.

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Judging was held at the council chambers. Over 170 entries were received across three categories, Open, Youth (18-12) and Kids (11 and under). The bulk of entries were in the Open category and the quality of photography across all categories was outstanding. Especially when you consider the size of the region accepting entries.

Selecting a winner from each category was more difficult than expected. Photos were judged based on how they communicated the theme, how well each image was executed and of course creativity. It was great flicking through the Kids category. The level of creativity was inspiring! I wish I could learn to think like a child again.

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to Penrith Council for extending the invitation to come along and judge the local talent.