Big break for rural snapper

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Mullewa photographer Justine Rowe.
Camera IconMullewa photographer Justine Rowe. Credit: Alix Kennedy

Mullewa farmer and Countryman’s trusty northern grain belt photographer Justine Rowe is embarking on the trip of a lifetime.

The keen shutterbug, pictured above, has been selected to be one of five official photographers at the Adina Polocrosse World Cup in Queensland next week, a huge opportunity to document the best of the best in a sport she loves.

Rowe will spend time snapping some of the best polocrosse players in the world at Warwick, during the April 22 to 28 competition.

“I’ll spend four days photographing the games, including the opening ceremony and the grand final,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the world’s best in action, especially two friends, who are playing.”

“My photography has taken me on such an exciting journey over the years.”

The event will celebrate 80 years of polocrosse this year, attracting players from eight countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Rowe said she was “excited but nervous” about the opportunity, which came after she photographed the Perth National Championships in September.

It’s been 10 years since Rowe first picked up a camera and started taking photographs on the farm and of her children playing sport.

In 2016, Rowe took her first picture for the Countryman — of a pair of lupin farmers.

Since then, she has had hundreds of photographs published in the Countryman and loves photographing farmers in her patch.

Rowe also has a passion for sports photography.

She will document her journey on her Facebook page, Around the Traps — Rural Life in Photos.

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