Gayle Harrison’s photo of sibling rivalry won at the Fremantle International Portrait Prize competition.
Gayle Harrison’s photo of sibling rivalry won at the Fremantle International Portrait Prize competition. Tanya Easterby

Pic of brotherly love wins mum photo award

GYMPIE brothers Daniel and Luke Harrison have been best of mates their entire lives.

With only 20 months separating them, Daniel, 22, and Luke, 20, are anything but rivals.

But their mum Gayle Harrison has captured a major international photography prize by snapping her two boys wrestling over on old car, the only thing that could possibly come between them.

"My two sons, Daniel and Luke are anything but rivals," says Mrs Harrison.

"With just 20 months between them, they have been best friends right from the start… except maybe when it comes to their cars.

"Both are lovers of the older-style cars, and here (in the photograph) they are arm-wrestling on Luke's 1981 Datsun Sunny.

"For some time I had visualised this image for a photograph in my head, so when the (Gympie Camera) Club had "People" as the subject for the May competition, I thought it was time to put thought into action," Mrs Harrison said this week.

"Then when the Fremantle International Portrait Prize came around, I thought I'd take my chances on entering with this photo."

Mrs Harrison's image was one the 4% of images that made the finals in the Fremantle International Portrait Prize.

The competition received 2456 entries from 36 countries, with just 75 images making it into the finals.

"With those statistics I am truly honoured to receive the People's Choice Award," Mrs Harrison said.

"I have often been asked, "who won?"… I tell them they are still arm-wrestling!'"

Originally from Mackay, Mrs Harrison has lived in Gympie for about 18 years.

Her older sister (who still lives in Mackay and will soon be an accredited Photographic Society of Queensland judge), joined her local camera club years ago, and Mrs Harrison saw how her photography improved.

"So when I bought my first digital SLR, I decided joining the Gympie camera club was my next step. I joined in 2007, and have learnt so much over the years.

"It was thanks to our club patron, Ken Chapman, who originally encouraged me to enter competitions outside the club.

"In 2012, I received my first ever places other than acceptances with a first and second place in the 44th Ballarat National Photographic Exhibition."

Since then Gayle has gone on to win a raft of awards, including gaining her AAPS Skills Honours with the Australian Photography Society in September, qualifying her work at a national standard.

"I started off with a Nikon D70s in 2007, and many upgrades later, I am now the proud owner of a Nikon D800e."

Gympie Times


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