A SLEEK image of a dolphin cruising through the water at Byron Bay has earned Craig Parry a prestigious photography award.
Titled Dolphin Silk, the photograph is the only black and white image in his extensive portfolio.
And it took Mr Parry a long time to see its potential.
"I took the photo about 18 months ago and it had been sitting on my hard drive until four months ago, when I had another look at it," he said.
"I didn't think there was anything really special in it, but when I took the colour out, I realised how spectacular it was."
The Lennox Head photographer won silver in the nature and science category of the Australian Professional Photography Awards, held in Melbourne over the weekend.
"This year I am starting to focus on entering some competitions, so it's nice to be getting some results," he said.
"I feel so passionately about this image, Dolphin Silk.
"I get feelings of peace and tranquillity, and there's also mystery to it."
Wedding photographer Richard Windeyer, who is based at Bangalow, also entered the awards for the first time this year.
"I am very proud to say I received two silver awards in the highly competitive wedding category," he said.
"The first image came from a wedding in Yamba earlier this year, featuring a caravan on the main road into Yamba, where a local sugar cane farmer sells hay bales.
"My second image was taken out the back of Alstonville on a private property. When I first approached the owner for permission to shoot under this tree, his reply was one of bewilderment. He said, 'What, that scraggly old thing?'
"But I just loved it.
"After spending 20 years in the city, every country road is amazing.
"I discover so many beautiful places."
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