Dual win at Wagin for agriculture scribes

Ann RawlingsCountryman
Wagin Woolorama shearing head steward Huia Barlow.
Camera IconWagin Woolorama shearing head steward Huia Barlow. Credit: Cally Dupe

Countryman’s photographic and editorial coverage of last year’s Wagin Woolorama has been been praised at the event’s Glenys Gmeiner Media Awards.

Grains writer and news editor Cally Dupe won best media photograph with her picture of Woolorama’s shearing head steward Huia Barlow.

The well-lit image featured Mr Barlow crouched next to a pen of sheep at the Wagin Showgrounds and was captured in February last year.

Wool and livestock reporter Bob Garnant won best media story with his colourful recount of the UniGrain Wagin Rodeo.

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Titled “Thrills and Spills at Wagin Rodeo”, the piece documented the action and excitement of the annual event.

The sport of rodeo offers a touch of action and good old country athleticism, with bull-riding labelled the most dangerous sport in the world.

“Countryman readers respond favourably to the ‘hang five’ photos we publish, they mix well with our agriculture lifestyle,” Garnant said.

“The popular rodeo scene brings out the best of all things country.”

Dupe attended her first Woolorama this year and said she enjoyed seeing the event in full swing.

“I just love photographing people in the agriculture industry,” she said.

“There was so much to see and do at this year’s event and I am sure we will have a few good entries in next year as well.”

Dupe and Garnant both thanked the Woolorama committee for selecting their entries.

Mr Garnant has won first place in the photographic competition for five years in a row.

He added to that last year by scooping a win for his story “New high for golden fleece”.

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