Environment and Liveability Photography Award finalists announced
  • Thursday 07 June 2018

From a record number of entries, Sunshine Coast Council today announced the 33 finalists vying for $8000 in prizes in the 2018 Sunshine Coast Environment and Liveability Photography Award competition, “Our Sunshine Coast”.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said she was delighted to reveal the finalist images – predominantly from local artists – chosen from more than 1000 entries.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the number as well as the calibre of images entered this year with 454 individual photographers sharing what they love about the Sunshine Coast to help build understanding of the themes within our Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017,” Cr McKay said.

“Following on from the success of previous Environment Photography Awards, the prize aims to highlight the environment, liveability, sustainability and resilience of the Sunshine Coast, in a visual display that everyone can relate to.”

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

The schedule details will be on council’s website soon.

The winners’ announcement and ceremony is to be held fittingly alongside the current Wildflower Women II: Art, Environment and Activism exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery on Friday, June 15 from 9am to 10am with morning tea to follow.

Widely acclaimed photographer, Steve Parish will select and announce the winners.

2018 Sunshine Coast Environment and Liveability Photography Award Finalists

  • Open (21 finalists): Winner – $2500, Runner-up – $1000, Highly commended (up to four) – $500  

    Alycia Rubulis                     Coolum Beach

    Rachel Anning                    Kings Beach    

    Raymond Balck                  Alexandra Headland

    Lynn Barbera                      Point Arkwright

    Ian Beaton                          Mapleton

    Shanna Bignell                   Belli Park

    Michael Boucher                Currimundi

    Jack Brownlee                    Peregian Springs

    Jason Cassidy                    Golden Beach

    Marlee Currie                     Coolum Beach 

    Simon Drew                        Mooloolaba

    Peter Evans                        Buderim

    Dan Hayward                      Coolum Beach

    Rene Liniger                        Mooloolaba

    Rick Monk                           Buderim

    Tyrone Partington               Caloundra

    Raoul Slater                        Pomona

    Jack Tindall                         Buddina

    Sylvia Wallis                       Tewantin

    Nicky Weise                        Buderim

    Dave Wilcock                      Peregian Springs      


  • High School (eight finalists): Winner – $700 gift voucher, Runner-up – $200 gift voucher.

    Dean Claydon                     Kings Beach

    Ethan Farquharson              Battery Hill

    Oliver Holmes – 2 images    Currimundi

    Lakeisha Hopper                 Kawana Island

    Mayah Kanigowski              Kuluin

    Riley Thomson                    Moffat Beach

    Keely Ugarte-Manning         Diddillibah

  • Primary School (four finalists): Winner – $500 gift voucher, Runner-up – $100.

    Bodhi Kliese                       Mooloolabah                                                                

    Cooper Rocker                    Bellmere

    Alex Roper                          Little Mountain

    Sam Williams                      Moffat Beach

  • People’s Choice: Winner - $1000

TBC - You decide!

The Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017 provides long-term strategic direction to shape the region by guiding growth and delivering transformational change required to maintain a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast in 2041 for future generations.

The finalists’ works are all available to view on council’s website.

 *Featured image is courtesy of Helen Debnam - Pelican Waters Bugs every which-way – winner of 2016 Environment Photography Awards