Photographer wins pet prize
A CUTE snap of a red border collie wading in a pond has won local pet photographer Roslyn McLaughlin her first photographic award.
The photo of her pet pooch Rusty was one of 13 selected from about 18,000 entries in Channel 9’s Four Legged Star competition.
Ms McLaughlin’s work was the week 11 winner and was shown on national television on Saturday, July 31.
It’s a leg up for the self-employed photographer who went into pet photography after completing a course at Nambour TAFE about a year ago.
“I wanted to do something a little bit different... There were enough wedding photographers around (and) I find animals easier to work with than humans,” Ms McLaughlin said.
“Every animal has its own personality and character and I try to show their individuality and capture their unique or quirky side.”
Competition sponsor Bayer Advocate congratulated Rusty for being one of Australia’s most talented pets and has featured him on the competition winners’ page at www.fourleggedstars.com.au.
“I believe it was a popularity contest. People went online and voted for their favourite pet, which was really good because I didn’t tell anyone I entered my photo in the competition. The photo wasn’t selected because local people voted for me but because people who looked at the website liked it.”
Ms McLaughlin said there was quite a bit of skill involved in getting pets to pose and added that dogs were a lot easier than cats.
“I have photographed some horses. That’s an area I would also like to get into,” she said.
“I’m trying to expand my business. I get a lot of work from dog groomers and do a bit of graphic design as well to incorporate in my services.
“I have also expanded to include pet thank you and sympathy cards. And if I do a photo shoot for somebody I can create cards and calendars.”