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South Coast local runner-up in Wilderness Photographer of the Year competition

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Tathra local David Rogers has scored second place in a national photography competition.

Mr Rogers entered one of his favourite photos from the newly opened Sapphire Coast Wharf to Wharf Walk between Tathra and Merimbula while he was working for Sapphire Coast Tourism to take some media photos for the launch of the walk.

The South Coast Photographer says he's chuffed to come away as runner-up in the Great Walks magazine ‘Wilderness Photographer of the Year’ competition.

 "Sometimes photography can be a bit of a thankless job but it just makes you feel great, and just to know you're on the right track with your work," Mr Rogers said. 

"I love photos that get exposure for this region particularly with tourism to attract more people and I really think it will attract a new set of tourists to town, ones who are into their multi-day hiking." 

 Listen to our chat with local photographer David Rogers below. 

The Judge’s comments on greatwalks.com.au were:

"I love this photo – from the floating mist to the two bushwalkers who look mesmerised by the magic of the moment! The earthly colours are a lovely contrast to the walkers' clothing, making the two people 'pop' out of the image.

"The power of any photo is one that makes me want to be there and this photo taken on the Sapphire Coast in southern NSW does just that. Also, there's a stillness to the image that I really love. Two people are experiencing the beauty of a sunrise and normally at that time of day, it's quiet and calm, and this stillness is translated through the image. Well done, David!"– Brent McKean

In regards to his photo Mr Rogers said it was taken in a region close to his heart. 

" I know that area really well, I've walked it hundreds of times," Mr Rogers said

"I worked with the tourism guys to pick out the best locations along the walk to take the hero photos and the one photo I thought would be the best one to capture that walk would be a sunrise at Bournda Island in Bournda National Park," he said.

"We got the crew up super early, hiked through the dark to get there for sunrise, and we arrived and it was this amazing sea misty morning, and when the sun came up it just had this golden light shining through, and captured that lovely photo.

"It was one that I was really proud of." 

The winner of the People Category and Overall Winner was 'Gentle Waters' by Michael Kenny with the photograph below. 

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Image Credit: David Rogers, Michael Kenny