WA's snapshot of now and then


The winners of this year's CBH photographic competition were chosen from a pool of more than 180 entries.

Judged last week by Countryman photographer Danella Bevis, Rubis director Annette Hasluck and CBH group business relationship manager Reid Seaby, there were five winners and eight highly commended entries.


This year's categories were 'Growing together', 'Where in the world is CBH Group?', 'Farming with technology', 'CBH seedlings, five to 12 years old' and best video.

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Geraldine Ludgate was awarded the overall winner for her photo, 'Time worth taking'.

Ms Ludgate laid out feed for her sheep in the shape of the number 80, then took a picture of her property with the sheep creating the 80 in the background.

"It was such a clever idea and I appreciated the subtlety of the image," Ms Hasluck said.

"It wasn't obvious but I like that aspect of it. At first glance it's a lovely picture of a shed and then you realise what's going on in the background."

Northam resident Merv French won the video category with a comical entry about seeding, titled 'Auto steer'.

"It was hilarious, we were all laughing. The idea was very clever and something that a lot of growers could relate to," Ms Hasluck said.

Mr Seaby said the talent across the field of entries this year was exceptional and some tough decisions had to be made to select the winners.

"There were a lot of outstanding pictures this year," he said.

"The winning image in the children's category was a standout - Liam McCreery took a creative concept and executed it superbly."

The winning entries will be on display at the CBH marquee at this year's Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, Newdegate Machinery Field Days and Mingenew Lions Midwest Expo.

Visitors to the Dowerin field days will be able to view every competition entry and vote for their favourite in the Countryman People's Choice Award.

Vote here until September 20 |

Each week, one lucky voter will receive a CBH prize pack.

The winner of the Countryman People's Choice Award will be announced after the field days season.


Overall winner

'Time worth taking' by Geraldine Ludgate.

Growing together

Winner: 'Time worth taking' by Geraldine Ludgate.

Highly commended: 'Now and then…' by Coralie Lindley and 'Golden handshake' by Alan Carter.

Where in the world is CBH Group?

Winner: 'European winter in the Wheatbelt' by Rebekah Burges.

Highly commended: 'Anywhere in the world' by Geraldine Ludgate and 'Our ports: WA grain to the world' by Shannon Morton.

Farming with technology

Winner: 'Organising the day' by Debbie Cristinelli.

Highly commended: 'Some technology never changes' by Coralie Lindley and 'Looking at the lupins' by Liz Robertson.

Seedlings, five to 12 years old

Winner: 'Liam's CBH train' by Liam McCreery.

Highly commended: 'Heading into the past' by Grace Wiese and 'A cold winter's morning in the Wheatbelt' by Amelia Stone.


Winner: 'Auto Steer' by Merv French.

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