New festival targets local photographers

FESTIVAL: The Southern Flinders Ranges photo festival will be taking place in Port Pirie during October.
FESTIVAL: The Southern Flinders Ranges photo festival will be taking place in Port Pirie during October.

A new photography festival aimed at highlighting the Southern Flinders Ranges is coming to Port Pirie and the surrounding regions.

Photographers will be given the opportunity to enter their work into the International Travel Photo Contest, under the Southern Flinders category which has been specifically created to highlight the wonders of the region.

Festival director Ahsan Qureshi explains that the Southern Flinders Ranges category is an open category for anyone, no matter what their photography experience is.

"We want to show the world that this place exists, it is beautiful, it has a culture and we want to portray this area as special, among the other categories," Mr Qureshi said.

"We are accepting digital camera or phone camera photos. It is not necessary that you are a professional photographer. If you are a student photographer, or are travelling, you can submit them. It is open for everyone. It can be anything from railway tracks to beautiful mountains, landscapes, wildlife. It is totally open."

Winners from the category will have their work professionally printed and exhibited at the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, alongside the winners of the other categories in the International Travel Photo Contest.

The contest opened on May 15 and closes on August 18, with the winners announced on September 4, 2019, yet the competition is not the only component of the festival.

The festival expands to cover several workshops and exhibitions that will be held in Port Pirie during October.

Two photographers, Denis Smith and Mark Zed are well-known for their work and will be conducting an array of workshops including a three day, two night Southern Flinders master class that will focus on a range of photography techniques.

Mr Qureshi says that this master class is too for everyone and the opportunity should be snapped up as working with these two photographers is a great privilege.

"You can't get Denis Smith or Mark Zed everyday, you are taking the opportunity to have time with them and learn the night photography techniques, landscape techniques. We are going to places like Sugar Gum look out, Wirrabara. Staying at Melrose. It will be fun with activities at night with light painting, dawn shoots," he explained.

Whilst the festival is up and running, the work of Mark Zed, David Evans and Heidi Lewis, all reputable photographers will be displayed through a variety of Port Pirie cafes including Safavi and the Fam.

Joining the displays are two workshops, one for secondary students and one for primary students.

For more information regarding dates and prices visit the Southern Flinders Ranges photo festival website.