Peering through the lens of Garden Island

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Peta Magorian (author), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, WA

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies, Garden Island, WA

Defence personnel and their family members and guests attend the inaugural Fleet Base West Photographic Competition awards ceremony at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)
Defence personnel and their family members and guests attend the inaugural Fleet Base West Photographic Competition awards ceremony at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham, WA.

The inaugural Fleet Base West Photography Competition saw more than 100 entries from budding photographers that captured the ‘People, Places and Stuff’ associated with the Royal Australian Navy elements based on Garden Island, Western Australia.

The entries were all carefully considered for creative flair, eye-catching detail and technique, against the three competition categories, before being shortlisted to 50 finalists.

The finalists were judged by Mayor of Rockingham, Councillor Barry Sammels, Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, Senior Imagery Specialist at Navy Imagery Unit - West, Chief Petty Officer Damian Pawlenko and Mr Chris Dalton of Nikon Australia.

“We were absolutely blown away by the calibre of all the entries and had a hard time choosing the category winners,” Captain Morthorpe said.

“We all looked at the entries from a different perspective, be that technical or the raw emotion the image made you feel - it was an amazing, and pleasingly challenging opportunity that we were all excited to be a part of.

“I was also pleased to see the broad range of entrants who represent our community, and having the Mayor as a judge emphasised this aspect,” Captain Morthorpe said.

The Fleet Base West Photography Competition held its exhibition opening and award presentations on Friday 22 November, presenting five framed certificates for Highly Commended entries, before announcing the category and overall winners.

Lieutenant John Wilbraham won the category ‘Places’ with his entry called ‘Making a Splash - Beagle Bay’.

Sub-Lieutenant Samantha Brandstater won the category ‘People’ with her entry titled ‘Experiences’.

‘Ghost in the Night’, entered by Leading Seaman Grahame Kelaher, won the ‘Stuff’ category.

Second place for the competition was ‘Workplace point of View’ by Able Seaman Lincoln Commane, who won a $300 voucher from Camera Electronic. 

The overall winner of the competition was Mrs Katrina Glenn with her photograph ‘Hugs of Much Worth’, which captured the emotional pre-deployment hugs of her husband Chief Petty Officer Andrew Glenn and their two young sons.

Ms Glenn said she was “blown away” with her prize from Nikon Australia, who donated a Nikon D7500 and 18-140mm lens valued at more than $2100.

“Thank you so much to Nikon Australia for this amazing prize,” she said.

“We are going hiking this weekend and I am so excited to try out the new camera on our hike.”

The exhibition was open to the public at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20193142.

The three category winners receive prizes for their winning images in the inaugural Fleet Base West Photographic Competition. L-R: Competition organiser LEUT Kingsley Klau; Defence Community Organisation, LCDR Godfrey Garstin; Leading Seaman Electronics Technicians Submarines Grahame Kelaher; SBLT Samantha Brandstater; LEUT John Wilbraham; Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, CAPT Ainsley Morthorpe, CSM, ADC, RAN; and City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels.

The three category winners receive prizes for their winning images in the inaugural Fleet Base West Photographic Competition. L-R: Competition organiser LEUT Kingsley Klau; Defence Community Organisation, LCDR Godfrey Garstin; Leading Seaman Electronics Technicians Submarines Grahame Kelaher; SBLT Samantha Brandstater; LEUT John Wilbraham; Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, CAPT Ainsley Morthorpe, CSM, ADC, RAN; and City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels.