Focus Award Winner
Release Date: 
Monday, 24 May 2021

The anticipation is over with Saturday afternoon’s announcement of the City of Armadale’s annual FOCUS Photography competition winners. 

Launched in February and in its sixth year, FOCUS was open to all amateur photographers and this year the competition saw just shy of 100 entries across the two prize categories. 

This year, photographers were invited to capture local emergency services, showcasing the buildings, facilities and vehicles of our district’s front line organisations.  Entrants were also encouraged to look through their older photographs and submit photos which depict life in the area prior to the year 2000.

Mayor Ruth Butterfield said, “The images of the district’s Emergency Services buildings and vehicles, help us to capture ‘today’ for future generations.  The City is undergoing rapid growth and it’s important to have a record of the changes that our community are living through. We have some brilliant photographers in our community, who can all be very proud of their work.  The judges looked for creativity, originality, composition and a good quality capture.  These images are a wonderful representation of our local emergency services.”

Thank you to all entrants! These images will make a valuable addition to the library heritage collection hosted by Birtwistle Local Studies Library, contributing significantly to our visual records of the City of Armadale. 

Winners shared in a total prize pool of $1,500, in addition to receiving a mounted print of their image.

The winning photographs and a selection of short listed entries will be on display at the Armadale Library from Sunday 23 May to Friday 4 June


Present-day Emergency Services category 
1st  – Hospital Amongst the Hills by Callum Southam 
2nd – Evening Shift by Weronika Moran 
3rd – Armadale Police JA102 New Livery Divvy Van by Aaron Viles 

Pre-2000 Historical category (Any Subject)
1st  – Sixth Road Vista by Pam Herbert 
2nd – Honeymoon 1936, Ruby by Tracey Leeder 
3rd – Moving St Christopher’s Anglican Church, Roleystone by Madeleine Tingey 

Honourable Mention 
Jonathan Cox – Reflections and the Future 

Librarian’s prize  
Joan Wallace, for her outstanding contribution to photographic records


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