A trip around the world in one day without ever getting on a plane.
That’s what was on offer at the Bangalow A and I Hall last Thursday.
Faces from Africa, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Italy adorned the walls thanks to a travel photographic competition held to raise money for a cycling challenge in Cambodia in May.
Travel writer Kim Wildman of Bangalow will take part in the challenge which will raise funds for War Child Australia – a charity which provides education and support to children affected by war.
Ms Wildman organised the photographic competition to help raise funds for the challenge.
Nearly 200 entries were received in the ‘People and Places ‘competition.
“I am overwhelmed with the response,” Ms Wildman said.
“This is obviously a well travelled and artistic community.
“Most of the photos were taken overseas, but there are a couple taken in Australia.”
Judges included the president of the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce Michael Malloy; Bangalow photographer Lisa Sharpe and Echo photographer Jeff Dawson.
Judges had to hold a secret ballot to pick a winner.
Mr Malloy said the quality of entries was outstanding and it had been extremely difficult to choose a winner.
“This has been a great competition, there are some really amazing photos here.”
First prize was awarded to Darren Pearson of Byron Bay with a photo of Sambura women from northern Kenya dressed in traditional ceremonial clothes.
Second was Nharyan Feldman of Coorabell.
Highly commended was awarded to Llyris Robyns of Lismore and Ngataina Purnell-Webb of The Channon.
The winner of the secondary student category was Isabella West of Nimbin and Colby Grant of Nashua won the primary school category.
Mr Malloy said Mr Pearson’s winning photo had fitted the theme and showed people from a different culture.
“There’s great colour and composition here and good depth. The photo really grabs your attention,” he said.
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