A talented Brisbane resident who captured the touching Anzac Day dawn driveway tribute has perfectly documented life in the suburbs in 2020 and has taken out the top prize in the this year’s Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said this year’s theme, life in the suburbs, was a chance for people to reflect on their own experiences in suburbia during the global coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 2000 residents submitting photographs.

“Coronavirus has disrupted our lives and this year’s competition has created ever-lasting photographic documentation of what life looked like for Brisbane residents during a global pandemic,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Many residents will remember ‘lighting up the dawn’ this ANZAC Day and Lutwyche resident Poppy Masselos captured an incredible photo of this unforgettable service that has won the Open category.
“Residents’ appreciation of Brisbane’s parks and glorious walking trails has certainly grown ten-fold this year as we search for local attractions to keep entertained. A beautiful moment at the Nudgee Waterholes between photographer Diana Nocente and turtles surfacing for air has taken out the Green Heart category award.
“While cooped up at home for work and schooling, many of us have become well-acquainted with online meetings. Ashgrove’s Kylie Kluger has won the Student Category with her photo showing a young ballerina persevering with her lessons online during lockdown.

“Stretton resident Heather Crossley’s picture of pegs hanging on the clothesline cleverly captures Aussie life in the burbs’ and won the social media category.”
Cr Schrinner said the final judging was now in the hands of the Brisbane community with voting now open for the People’s Choice Award category.
“People from all walks of life and all levels of experience submitted nearly 2000 incredible works in this year’s competition and it’s now up to residents to pick their favourite from our shortlisted photographs in the People’s Choice Award,” he said.

“Voting for the People’s Choice Award winner is now open online, with the winner to receive a $1500 prize.”
To view this year’s winners and vote for the People’s Choice Award, visit Council’s website www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.
Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2020 winners, runner’s up and prizes include:

Open category – $5000
1. Winner: Poppy Masselos (Lutwyche) – Anzac
2. Description: ANZAC Day 2020 was like no other. Street ceremonies were held in every suburb to honour the servicemen and women from years past.
Open category first runner-up – $2000
1. First Runner Up: Rosemary Featherston (Wavell Heights) – No Title
2. Description: Ryan Street Library in West End – celebrating sharing, reading and great architecture.
Open category second runner-up – $1000
1. Second Runner Up: Tony Meredith (Holland Park) – No Title
2. Description: Watching the sun come up by the Brisbane River near the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade project with its distinctive rest areas.
Green Heart category – $1500
1. Winner: Diana Nocente (Nudgee) – Watching You Too
2. Description: Photo taken from the observation deck at Nudgee Waterholes. I could see my own reflection in the air bubble coming from one of the turtles.
Student category – $1500
1. Winner: Kylie Kluger (Ashgrove) – Plies in the Playroom
2. Description: Staying connected during the COVID lockdown.
Social media category – $1500.
1. Winner: Heather Crossley (Stretton) – Genuine Australia Life in the Suburbs
[Ends] 27 SEPTEMBER, 2020