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Alan Small wins Tamron Best Shots

Alan Small, Taree Camera House, has been named winner of the Tamron Best Shots Photo Competition for his macro image, ‘Mantis’, and will be the proud owner of the Tamron SP AF10-24mm, the ultimate extended range, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens.

'Mantis' won Alan Small (Taree Camera House) a new Tamron SP AF 10 -24mm lens, courtesy of Maxwell International.

Winners of the runners-up prizes of Cokin Portrait Filters are: David Brandon (The Yamba Photo Store), Cheryl Whiteley, Roland Rees, Barrie White, Michelle Andrews (SeaShell Photo Art)  and Michelle O’Brien (Ascot Photo + Digital.)

The judging took place on Sunday at the show and was completed on Monday, by John Swainston, Brendan Lee and Paul Gibbs (Maxwell International) and Natsuko Kitafuji, a senior international executive from Tamron visiting Maxwell’s Sydney office.

The full list of outstanding images are:

Tamron Best Shots entriess were displayed on six Kaiser Baas digital frames at The Digital Show and attracted a lot of interest, especially over the Saturday and Sunday.

Alan Small – Fans
Cheryl Whiteley – Pink Flower
David Brandon – Pondering
David Brandon – Yamba; The Jump off
David Brandon – The Trees
Michelle Andrews – Red Star Whorl
Roland Rees – Preying Mantis
Barrie White – Waterfall
Michelle O’Brien – Sunset, Betwa River

‘Special mention was also made of David Bandon’s “Yamba -The Trees”, and the very high standard of the 80 entries viewed,’ noted John Swainston.

The judges congratulated Alan Small, who is MD of Taree Camera House, and founding chairman of Raleru, the wholesale arm of Camera Houses of Australia. (Alan has been a consistent contributor of quality images to the Photo Counter gallery pages since its inception.)

Judges were not aware of the photographers’ identities during judging.

Responding to news of his win, Alan replied:

‘A retailer today receives so little good news, it is necessary to read some messages twice! Great news. Many thanks.

‘I have been a dedicated macro photographer for many, many years. The small world is fascinating but the constant war of survival is not unlike human existence.

That little fellow (the Mantis – pictured above) was one of many born a couple of days prior to the shot; I wonder how many made it to adulthood?

‘I will put the lens to good use,’ he added.

Thanks go out to all the entrants from Photo Counter and Maxwell International. To be honest, we were unsure what kind of response we might get to an industry-only photo competition, but to receive over 80 high quality images from retailers all over Australia in the five weeks the competition was open, qualifies as a success – especially for a first effort. Thanks for your support!

And thanks to Maxwell for being willing to try something new. And to Ted’s Cameras and Kaiser Baas for supply of digital frames.
Keith Shipton


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