The early bird gets the prize
  • Friday 15 June 2018

A stunning photograph of an Osprey in flight clutching a fish early New Year’s day at Mooloolaba has won local photographer Rene Liniger Sunshine Coast Council’s 2018 Environment and Liveability Photography Award in the Open category.

Judge Steve Parish joined 32 individual finalists and a number of enthusiastic family and friends to announce the winners at Caloundra Regional Gallery today (June15).

The widely acclaimed photographer* said he was very impressed with the talent and passion showcased in each of the finalists’ images.

Mr Parish described the winning photo as “a very well-captured action photograph showing edge-to-edge detail and overall sharpness”.

Other winners included Alex Roper with a mesmerising image of a crystal ball reflecting Kawana Waters at dawn and Riley Thomson with a dramatic and colourful shot of a barrel wave in the respective Junior and Senior

Student Award categories.   

The photography competition aims to help build understanding of the themes within council’s Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017 by celebrating the story of the Coast’s distinct environments in a visual display everyone can relate to.   

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the winners and indeed all of the finalists demonstrated excellence in highlighting the environment, liveability, sustainability and resilience of the Sunshine Coast through the lens of a camera.

“The final 33 images that make up the 2018 Sunshine Coast Environment and Liveability Photography exhibition were selected from more than 1000 entries, capturing creative, inspiring and emotive images of the Sunshine Coast’s hugely diverse environment,” Cr McKay said.

The finalist images will be showcased in the ‘Our Sunshine Coast’ exhibition touring the region later this year, including Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Cotton Tree Esplanade Park.

To view all the finalist images and vote for your favourite and a chance to win a gift voucher, visit council’s website and vote by September 30.

2018 Sunshine Coast Environment and Liveability Photography Award Winners

Open category

Winner – Rene Liniger (Mooloolaba)

Runner up – Raoul Slater (Pomona)

Commendations – Michael Boucher (Currimundi), Rachel Anning (Kings Beach), Ian Beaton (Mapleton) and Dave Wilcock (Peregian Springs)

Senior student category

Winner – Riley Thomson (Moffat Beach)

Runner up – Oliver Holmes (Currimundi)

Junior student category

Winner – Alex Roper (Little Mountain)

Runner up – Sam Williams (Moffat Beach)

*Steve Parish bio

Steve Parish, OAM, has been photographing Australia for more than 50 years and now calls the Sunshine Coast home. He started his remarkable career photographing marine life in Australia’s coastal waters. He has spent much of his life travelling Australia, capturing the land, its wildlife and its people in spectacular images.