Entries for the 2019 Hunter Photography Prize closed on Thursday, January 24, after an inundation of stunning captures by amateur photographers about the Hunter.
These 32 finalists have been selected an incredible cohort of entries, vying for one of three coveted prizes.
Cast your vote for the best photo in the reader’s choice category, the winner of which will receive a GoPro Hero valued at $298 and 100 free 6x4 prints.
The Newcastle Herald’s annual Hunter Photography Prize ran again in 2019.
Photos were required to be taken in the region or to feature Hunter people. Entrants must also live in the region, with no restriction on photography equipment.
Judges will now select the winning and highly commended entries, plus a readers’ choice award will be voted via theherald.com.au and other websites. The overall winner will collect the 2019 Hunter Photography Prize.
The winners will receive camera prize packages from Domayne Kotara.
First prize: Nikon D3500 Camera with 18-55mm lens (RRP $898) plus 300 free 6x4 prints from the Domayne photo station.
Highly commended: Nikon D3400 Camera with 18-55mm lens (RRP $597) plus 200 free 6x4 prints.
Readers’ choice: GoPro Hero (RRP $298) plus 100 free 6x4 prints.
The judging panel will include the award-winning Hunter news photographers Simone De Peak, Jonathan Carroll, Marina Neil and Max Mason-Hubers. Other editors include Hunter Communities editor Anna Wolf, Newcastle Herald editor Heath Harrison, senior deputy editor Lisa Allan, Lower Hunter editor Rick Allen, Upper Hunter editor Rod Thompson and digital journalist Jessica Brown.