Eric the ‘Beef Boss’ … & Lunch …

Eric Rosendale of Bonny Glen Station, Cape York Peninsula says he needs to clear more of his land for grazing and to make it possible to muster stock on horse back. He was critical … in a story by The Australian journalist Michael McKenna … of the Queensland Governments proposed tree clearing crack down.

I’ve just learnt that the picture I made to accompany the story has now been recognised in the ‘2017 Queensland Rural Press Media Awards’ … and I get to go down to Brisbane for a nice lunch at the Stamford Plaza in a couple of weeks to receive a couple of rural ‘gongs’ … courtesy of the Rural Press Club.

The image of Eric (below) was selected as the Winner of the ‘People’ category in this years photography awards … and then also selected as ‘Overall Winner’ across all photographic categories. It will now go on to represent Queensland in the Nation wide ‘Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography’ which is decided by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists. If successful there it will move on to represent Australia in the planet wide competition run by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) to be announced in South Africa. Some ‘If’s involved in all this … but pleased to receive the recognition so far and to follow up last years similar win with ‘Beef Farmers’.

‘Beef Boss’ Image © Brian Cassey

'Rural Press Photography Awards Queensland 2017' - Winner - 'Beef Boss' by Brian Cassey - Eric Rosendale of Bonny Glen Station, Cape York Peninsula

Off to Sweden …

Unfortunately its not me off to Sweden but one of my images! Several posts ago on this blog I mentioned one of my images was selected as the winner of the ‘People’ category of the “2012 Queensland Rural Press Photography Awards”. Since then the image has gone on to represent Queensland in the Nation wide “2012 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography” where it also won the “People” category. Cool.

The image will now whisk it’s way to Sweden to represent Australia (along with two other Aussie representatives in the “Production” and “Nature/Landscape” categories) in the “2012 IFAJ WORLD Star Prize for Photo Excellence”. (I kid you not – Grand Title!)

Winners will be announced in August at the ‘International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress’ at Lake Mälaren just outside of Stockholm.

Lucky Image … !

It was made in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi at a cattle property on the Atherton Tablelands and features stockman Shane O’Brien attempting to clear felled trees (that killed many of his cattle) from his farm. The Australian published the image on the 14th February 2011 and the text of the story can be found here.

Below is another look at the winning image …

© Brian Cassey