A photo of Cradle Mountain in Tasmania by Jarrod Castaing has won Ken Duncan’s 2016 REAL Australia Photo Awards.
The awards looked for images that capture the quintessential Australian landscape; which are an honest interpretation of the scene, with minimal post-processing; and are ‘believable’.
‘I believe it’s important to recognise the existence of two very different forms of photography and make a clear distinction between them. I separate these two diverse photographic styles by referring to them as “Photo Realism” and “Photo Illustration”,’ Duncan writes. ‘Both artistic forms are legitimate – both require creativity and skill – and I personally like some of the digital creations. However, each has a different place in the market – and in the hearts and minds of consumers.’
Castaing is a Sydney an award-winning fine art photographer specialising in landscape photography.
Mandurah photographer, Debbie Stevens, was awarded second place for a photo of San Remo beach in Mandurah, Western Australia.
Third place went to Ignacio Palacios, a Spanish landscape photographer who lives in Sydney. His photo is an aerial image of Lake Eyre in South Australia.
The contest was judged by Duncan, US photographer Kevin Raber, and New Zealand landscape photographer Andris Apse.
All winners share in $50,000 worth of prizes, with the winner winning a one-on-one five day photography adventure with Duncan.