KEEN EYE: Wendy Turner with some of her snaps.
KEEN EYE: Wendy Turner with some of her snaps. Louise Cheer

Amateur photographers put snaps on show

EVERYONE may be an amateur photographer these days with camera phones and Instagram.

But for a group of amateur photographers there are benefits within the old fashioned.

Now in its 20th year the South Burnett Interclub Photography Competition pits the competing amateur photography clubs against each other in a number of categories.

Clubs from Kingaroy, Nanango, Murgon and Blackbutt have all submitted their best printed photographs from their members to be judged.

Categories for this year's event are animals, pictorial, flora, creative and photos showing emotion.

The Murgon Camera Club is hosting this year's event at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery this Saturday.

President Max Walters said he expected this Saturday's contest to be a close race.

"Some years can be very tight and we expect a tight contest this year," he said.

Kingaroy Photographic Society's Wendy Turner is just one of the many amateur snappers who have had their photos submitted into the competition.

The keen photographer is quietly confident her club can win, but stresses competition is tough.

"Murgon is always a tough club, but it's not about winning it's about the participation," Mrs Turner said.

The lifelong photographer only joined the club after a friend noticed the quality of her photos.

"A lady I scrapbooked with saw some of my photos and thought I showed potential and said I should come along to camera club," Ms Turner said.

Mrs Turner thinks that old fashioned still photography is more rewarding and satisfying than quick digital photos.

"We are really snap happy, but we don't do anything with it. It used to be exciting to get photos printed and show them around but we don't do that anymore," she said.

The competition will be judged by a group of expert photographers from across the state at Wondai Regional Art Gallery this Saturday.

The competition is open to the public from 1pm-4pm.

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