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Rural Aid Photo Winners snap up places in 2022 calendar

The entry by Keith photographer Sarah Cunningham (Sarah Cunningham Photography)

Major Australian rural charity Rural Aid revealed the list of winners of its Spirit of the Bush photo contest this week.

Hobbyist photographers gave their camera lens a workout in order to amass the most impressive snaps they could frame of life on the land, ahead of submitting their work from across Australia.

Amateur snappers partook in the competition with the ultimate prize up for grabs being the opportunity to have their work showcased in the 2022 Rural Aid Calendar, which can now be pre-ordered.

Rural Aid CEO John Warlters praised the diverse spread of entrants who hailed from farms from all over Australia:

“It was a tough ask to choose 12 winners out of more than 720 entries.”
“I believe the 2022 calendar will be Rural Aid’s best yet. The photos perfectly encapsulate the beauty and resilience of life on the land.”
“Every image tells a story and we are grateful that so many people wanted to share their special moments with Rural Aid.”

Kristin Walsh, from Gregory West in NSW’s Riverina was one winner who exhibited a particularly stunning submission.

Walsh’s image illustrates two young farmers seated from the point-of-view of their feet, with one of them rocking a pair of ‘hard-yakka’ style hardened boots while the other stretches out their muddied bare feet.

The entry by Riverina photographer Kristin Walsh (Kristin Walsh Photography)

Another impressive entry to ultimately win the top prize was that of South Australian-based snapper Sarah Cunningham.

The South Australian’s entry details a young-looking man on a farm presumably admiring his work with a coat of black and white to add power and intensity to the photo.

The entry by Keith photographer Sarah Cunningham (Sarah Cunningham Photography)

Proceeds gathered from calendar sales will directly support the range of initiatives facilitated by Rural Aid to help farmers.


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