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Camera House continues in-house POTY tradition

This year’s winner of the Camera House Joshua Shearer Photographer of the Year Award went to Camera House Launceston Camera House employee, Jong Kim.

James Boag Brewery, Launceston. Image by Jong Kim

The annual award celebrate the photographic skills and expertise of Camera House’s employees within its network of 55 specialty stores.

The avid photographer took home the coveted award after winning both the Landscape and Architecture categories.

‘Each year, the Camera House Awards showcase the highest calibre of photography, so I’m so honoured and grateful just to be included, let alone win,’ he said.

Jong, who immigrated to Australia and began working at Camera House Launceston in 2006, started taking photos as a hobby at university in 1989 and has pursued photography ever since.

‘I feel so privileged to work at Camera House, where I can use and develop my photographic expertise and be  involved in a career that’s also my passion.’

Jong said he took inspiration from the unique natural beauty and heritage buildings of his hometown, Launceston.

‘I consciously chose black and white film to highlight the juxtaposition of modern and traditional industrial architectural styles of the historic James Boag Brewery.’ (See pic above.)

‘For my landscape, I chose a long exposure setting to capture the flowing water of the Tamar River at Tailrace Park, and soft colouring and a blurred effect to convey the peace and tranquillity of the setting.’

Tamar River, Tailrace Park. Image by Jong Kim

Jong received a $2000 Camera House Gift Card which he plans to spend on updating his current camera.

‘I absolutely love my Canon EOS R for its warmth and high-quality colour saturation, so I’m planning to either upgrade the body or get a new lens.’

Camera House has run an in-house photo competition for many years, and named it the Joshua Shearer Award after an employee who who was diagnosed with brain cancer and tragically passed away at a young age. Camera House also donates funds associated with the awards to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

To see all winning entries for the 2021 Camera House Australia Awards, visit the link here.


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