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Annabelle Watling has picked up the best young photographer gong at this year’s Blink Photography Awards in Stirling for her confronting image “Remorse”. The judges said: “This reflection upon the catastrophic 2019 bushfires, challenges the viewer to take responsibility for their contribution to global warming. Youth’s confronting gaze, a judgement on the sudden unprecedented losses of our cherished flora and fauna.” 

STIRLING’s 2020 Blink Photography Awards winners have been announced and voting is now open for the people’s choice awards.

The judging  panel commented that this year’s entries were of the highest standard. 

Annabelle Watling’s Remorse won best photograph by a young entrant (under 18), Jesse Pretorius won best photograph for 2020 for HK Bathers, and Alan Rogers won best photograph by a Stirling resident for Safe to Dance.

All the photos are in an online exhibition and voting for the peoples’ choice award is at stirling.wa.gov.au/photo until November 30.

Best photograph 2020: Jesse Pretorius for HK Bathers. “HK Bathers is a 120 film photograph taken in Hong Kong in December of last year. It depicts a group of sunbathers in central Mong Kok district; this leisurely activity juxtaposes the ongoing democracy protests occurring at the same time.”

Best photograph by a Stirling resident: Alan Rogers for Safe to Dance. “This was taken in the Summer of 2020 just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. We took it for granted being able to dance, touch and interact with other people. Months later we’re told not to congregate in public, distance yourselves from others – dancing was not safe anymore.”

Asta Kins’ COVID and black lives matter, depicting local protests after the death of George Floyd in May.

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