4 August, 2022

Winners chosen in art and photo competition

IPSWICH resident Toni McIsaac and Gregors Creek resident Tyson Purdie won People’s Choice awards in the inaugural Bendigo Bank, Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails, Friends of Stonehouse Art and Photo Competition.

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The art contest was held in conjunction with the annual open days at the Stonehouse complex.

With the art on display at the Moore Hall, Toni earned the award for her artwork titled ‘Waiting for the Stage’, while Tyson earned the award for his photograph titled ‘The Trails of the Cattle’.

Toni also took out the overall first prize.

“I was very excited to win, and the People’s Choice (award) was an unexpected bonus,” she said.

Toni said she was excited about the theme of the competition, which was a poem called ‘Celebrate Stonehouse’.

“Having lived in the area many years ago, I was familiar with the stone houses and knew that the stages used to stop there,” she said.

“I also knew they were in the process of restoring them and was keen to have a look.”

Toni used recycled wood and lots of other rusty bits and pieces that she found in many locations, before she varnished her piece of art.

“I would definitely like to enter this competition again, as the organisers were so lovely and friendly,” she said.

“It made my experience one to be remembered.”

Toni said art had been a hobby of hers for about four years.

She is involved with Art West Community Gallery which has a gallery at Kenmore Village, and she won the prize for 3D entry in the past two years.

Tyson meanwhile took up photography at the age of 16 and does it as a hobby but at a professional level.

Tyson’s main style is storm chasing, and he runs a social media page titled ‘Woodford Kilcoy storm imagery’.

He also conducts photography workshops from studio work to landscape imagery.

“I love to create and share with everyone,” he said.

Tyson’s award-winning cow image (pictured) was taken when chasing a storm at Toogoolawah a few years ago.

“The cows ran over to the fence from hundreds of metres away,” Tyson said.

“The different tones of brown made (the) shot.”


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