True North Team Digital Australia Day Photo Comp Finalists


















































































Well, here are the 10 finalists that were selected by way of a star rating between Christian, Ben and Myself.

We would like everyone to now vote on these images and on Sunday week we will count the votes and allocate first second and 3rd from the vote tally.

Well done to all the finalists and I must say that I was impressed with the std considering that the day was not the easiest shooting day I have ever seen!

Good luck everyone……..let the games begin!


~ by True North Mark on February 17, 2011.

93 Responses to “True North Team Digital Australia Day Photo Comp Finalists”

  1. All great images. Very creative. Number 10 for me!

  2. Number 10 for me too. Nice one Philbo!! If I chose of for my wall that would be the one! Well done to all the finalists

  3. Another vote for no.10

  4. Great shots from the workshop! My vote goes to “Rotto Workshop No 2-many of us shot this clump of grasses drowning in sand,but this image nails shape/colour/impact for me…….Peter.

  5. No. 2 is gonna be the winner!

  6. Well No. 2 for me too 🙂 but there are some awesome images from a dull day thats for sure eh.

  7. Number 10 for me followed very closely by number 1. A close call ’cause all shots great!!

  8. Rotto Workshop 002 for me! 🙂 Great shot, nice and clean.

  9. rottnest_contest_3 gets my vote too I love the texture.

  10. The ninth photo “Rotto Workshop 002” for me!

  11. Photographers dream for me, love the creativity

  12. well its def no 10 for me its a cracker hahaha

  13. A tough call to pick just 1 … I really like number 3. it has mood and depth and the sun burst is just perfect. It is a little hard to tell from the size of the samples but I think it may have a little too much detail either in HDR or sharpening I am not sure in the trees/bushes along the train tracks …

    I also really like number 10. it shows a lot of the imagination and samples the colors of Rottnest. Being a semi abstract capture I think this image will appeal to general public a lot more and will print up very nice on either cotton rag or canvas … The sample is a little larger so those textures through the blue water really shine through …. and in the end I would give 10 my vote …

    Sorry that a little long winded but I wanted to give my reasons behind my choice ….

    have a great day …. Neal

  14. Number 10 has the best colors magical.

  15. My vote is for Number 10!

  16. Love the compilation of the beach very creative! My vote for B&W #7

  17. No 7 B&W compilation Love it 😉

  18. My vote is for #7 the B&W one. How did he find those bits to photograph? Amazing!

  19. I vote #7 the B&W compilation

  20. I like ‘rotto workshop 002’. Very similar to many I suspect, but… better. Well done.

  21. All beautiful and effective in different ways but no. 10 stood out for me in visual impact!

  22. They’re all gorgeous shots with beautiful composition, but the movement in number 10 is extra special- my vote goes there.

  23. Vote: No. 7

  24. Well done all, some nice moments of creativity here.

    My vote goes to # 10

  25. Number 10 is my fav!! Weell done Phil.

  26. All great but my vote goes to Number 7 🙂

  27. all good images but i vote for number 4

  28. A close call between 7 & 8, Number 8 by a whisker for me.

  29. My vote goes to photographers dream

  30. My vote is for number 6.

  31. I like number 5. The textures and the colors are quite harmonious and the overlay of the wooden sleepers really tie into the image.

  32. I vote for Number 10… what amazing insight and breathtaking photography … you have a talent number 10 and it shows in your work … truly gifted 🙂

  33. My vote goes to “Photographers Dream”

  34. I love number 10, so that’s who gets my vote

  35. Awesome photos….Congratulations to everyone….My vote is for #4 “PHOTOGRAPHERSDREAM”

  36. number 10… great textures and colours… all are fantastic, but 10 has captured the true essence.

  37. My Vote is for number 7.

  38. My vote is for Number 4 Photographersdream. Sorry I missed the day! Great work everyone.

  39. Number 10 for me!

  40. I vote for #10. I like the dynamics of the waves and the colours.

  41. I don’t think I’m allowed to vote, but it’s a toss up between the B&W Compilation and No. 10. Both have looked with keen eye for other options when the conditions were obviously not ideal. Both very well done!

  42. No.3 “Haunted” for me

  43. I tend to agree with Jamie on this one thats for sure Mark I think it is the fairest way but who am I to say anything winning is such a small part of the comp to be honest getting ones images out there and simply showing others your love for photography through your own eyes is my biggest passion thats for sure good luck to all in the comp may the truely best image win :).

    • And voting for your own images should be banned also!!!

      • I will talk to the other guys about this Gents, but it is going to make a logistical nightmare out of tallying up the votes…it means cross checking who was on the boat and trying to work out who’s who etc!



      • Well done Brett on getting 2 images in! So which gets the vote?

        Perhaps Mark you could’ve created a fb group only open to those on the boat. Or something like that. And make voting only available to members. Just an idea 🙂

      • A bit late now Jasmin!

        We will have to work something out.



  44. Ok not sure why you shouldn’t be able to vote on your own image beats the point in a way but maybe Jamie has a point ah who knows eh lol.
    Might start a revolution now bahahaha 🙂

    • It’s gonna make a relatively simple task a nightmare Brett, but will talk to the boys and see how they want to play it.



      • For me honestly it doesn’t bother me either way I am it for the love of photography not the prizes if I win anything that would put the icing on the cake for me I have two images in the top 10 so for me I am stoked behond anything so I have already won anyway and cheers Jasmin 🙂

  45. With such a line up of prizes the comp needs to be run properly thats for sure. How thats done I’m not sure. Can’t change things now though , so as long as everyone does the right thing and only votes once then it should be ok, but that can’t be guaranteed to happen unfortunately.

    As for my vote …. well I’m still thinking very hard about it, still have a week up my sleeve. 🙂

  46. Rough Water, second image for my vote. Captures Natural Jetty in an artful light.
    Pastels punctuated by spit posts.
    The artist deserves a prize..
    Clive Addison.

  47. Well done everyone, some great images here!! I vote #10 as 1st, #2 as 2nd, and #5 as 3rd.

  48. Look in this world people will do anything to win. It is just human nature. I don’t agree with cheating to get a result because in the end it will be a hollow victory. If we see any irregularities in the votes I will ask the people who submitted the photo to explain why the votes were stacked so highly in their favour.
    Ultimately we put the outcome of this competition in the hands of those who matter the most , all you out their in blog land. We trust you to do the right thing. As a lot of people spent a lot of time making this a successful day don’t screw it now by being greedy and selfish.
    I know you will all do the right thing.

    On the other hand this is being judged by popular vote. If you have more friends and are more popular……….. Who is to say who is right and who is wrong.

  49. Ahh, Bloody competitions eh. You can never please all the people all the time.
    Would have thought a lesson may have been learn’t from last year though.

    • Funny that Peter as I never knew there was an issue last year till it was raised recently!:)



  50. Wow they are all so incredible but it’s No. 4 Photographer’s Dream.

  51. Cheats get found out in the end, look at what goes on in sport. We can call them performance enhancing friends in this case. In a democracy everyone has a vote, that is their right. A dictatorship occurs when someone has more friends prepared to stand behind them and rule by force. We might end up with a popular uprising by the end of this competition, a mass protest held at Team Digital, placard waving Photographers calling for the overthrow of the photo comp rules. That would be awesome, an end to stupid competition rules the world over.

    Who would have thought we would be changing the world with this competition!

  52. The four speakers from the TN rotto day should judge/ decide the 3 top images from the ten selected
    Easy, fair and not a drawn out process

  53. That’s me Merv

    Your probably right Adrian.

  54. Number 2 for me! some great shots. but number two is simple, creative, abstract and has a great painterly feel about it!
    Great stuff. Congrats to the top ten!

  55. Number 8!

  56. Number 8 🙂

  57. This has certainly created some interesting debate. i reckon image No 10 is the go, and i have no idea who took it.

  58. 12:23 Sarah says number 8. 12:24 ry says number 8. Some people aren’t even subtle about cheating hahahah

  59. All this banta regarding the voting ethics and methods takes me back to the mad max movies of old, when there was no law and the survivors were left to their own devices to fend for themselves and do what ever it takes to win!

    I guess we come from a primeval heritage and it often comes out when in a competative environment!

  60. I can see you as Tina Turner Mark. 🙂

    I think Adrian’s idea is the go for the future , if there is a future after all this anarchy. 🙂

    • Very funny Mervy!

      We don’t need another hero, we don’t need to know the way home….all we need is life beyo…ond the Thunderdome! 🙂

      Let the games begin!

  61. It was a tough call based on thumbnails but after viewing each at full size, number 10 definitely gets my vote.

    I have no idea who took the photos

  62. I agree with Brett….anyone with an image in the top ten must certainly feel like a winner already. I sure do! Hey, i think we are all winners for having such an awesome day out in such grand company, and for being able to see life with such passion! Who needs a physical prize when we carry away the “goods” each time we realize how inspiring life can be.

  63. # 2 for me

  64. Second from the top for me; ‘Arty Rough Water’ It’s the kind of picture I’d happily have on my wall.

  65. Number 2

  66. Number 1 for me.

  67. #2 gets my vote… All images are worth a look at full size before placing your vote 🙂

  68. number 4 for me love the colors and the composition.

  69. Hi
    Congratulations to the photographers on their hard work. Some amazing photos.

    However, I must be coming from another direction or simply old fashioned as my thoughts on the selected photos are anthesis to all the comments so far.
    To me the “excessive” photoshopping seems to be detrimental to some of the images.

    Maybe we need two comps – one for minimally photoshopped photos and one for the more creative!

    To follow other’s comments on judging: I really don’t like competitions with popular votes as it feels like buying points. I would be happy to go with the selected winner choice by the judges.

    And lastly (!) – Any chance we can get a short email with the star count for our photos for some feedback? I would appreciate that (despite my very likely minimlist score). Cheers

  70. It’s number 2 for me. I have some watercolours of Rotto and this reminds me of them. I like the post-processing on this – I think it conveys how the photographer felt the scene looked in their mind, and it makes me wish I had been there.

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