FIRST PLACE WINNER, David Lee - Golden girls. A photo at sunset in Canberra of my daughter and two nieces during a bushwalk on nearby horse paddocks. SECOND PLACE WINNER, - Amber Galvin - Weaving.This photo represents the strong women of the Worimi and Biripi communities connecting to culture.This beautiful collaboration is from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women, working together on a weaving piece.The photo was taken half way through our project and shows exactly what the group represents. The hands are significant, a sign of coming together, learning together, working together.Our finished artwork is called Galbaanbiyn Ngarraliyn Wakulda – Women Learning Together Mark Anderson. We live in a world which prioritises moving fast and getting to your destination faster still. Rural communities have a character that is resilient to this change, instead prioritising the little thing, like riding motorbikes through until dusk, or sharing stories around a bonfire. The person who enjoys the journey will travel further than any person who simply wants to get there, and that is what sits at the heart of rural Australia - a love of the journey. Gemma Carmody - Karri tree pic with road. Western Australia’s karri forest, a place where you can really breathe! This was a clear sunny day on a drive back home. I grew up in this area and these giants have a way of making you feel so small yet so alive! The warmth of the suns rays peering through the trees warming not only my skin but also my heart. Always in awe of their strength, beauty and majesty. #loverural Gemma Carmody - Smokey sunset. A number of consecutive 40 degree summer days in an already dry thirsty country, ultimately leads to a lot of summer bush fires in this part of rural Western Australia, but the beauty of a smokey red sunset can be found amongst all the devestation of a bush fire! Feels like a small glimmer of hope. #loverural Arminda Graves - Talia Caves. My COVID experience living in the west coast of South Australia is quite unique. Social distancing is not as difficult. I worked from home at the height of COVID but I am privileged to visit and take refuge in kilometres of white sandy beaches and scenic spots in a district of Elliston, SA. Arminda Graves - Night sky. have been staring at the same sky for the last 12 years and I am still amazed and awed. I grew up in a city where the night sky is often obstructed by light and air pollution. I drive 480km every week to deliver three days of face to face therapeutic counselling. On the rest of the week, I do low intensity mental health work. Working in rural remote may seem daunting but at the end of the day, you can put your feet up, look up and enjoy the night sky. Dominic Jandric. Dusk in the outskirts of Hobart. On our little farm this picture shows the hills, the dry earth nearing the end of summer. The sheep work hard to find new shoots of grass to nibble on the rains were about a month too late and now the sheep are being hard fed all winter long. Georgia Jandric. Dad and I in our first fishing competition. A stocked pond apparently. Fish caught 0, sausages consumed 2, and a shout out to the local fishing club and a great day and I had a great time with my daddy. Michael Jandric. A new lamb steps away from its mother, but not too far and peers across the field. It is one of the three sets of triplets born that year. An excellent set of mothers with all three sets of triplets doing well. John Murrell-Orgill - Frost. Primrose Valley, NSW, on the 29th of June 2022, the temperature was a chilly -6 degrees. John Murrell-Orgill - Sunset. Primrose Valley, 5th of July 2022, red at night, shepherd’s delight promises a mostly fine next day. Daniel Odeshou. The image portrays the rich green hills and escarpments that surround everyday farmers in the Gerringong Valley, a rural town which is popular for it’s seaside view and whale watching experiences. Unlike the busy nature of the city which is located about a two-and-a-half-hour drive north, the calming allure of the rural town brings in many health professionals, such as pharmacists which act to educate and support the local region. Alice O’Sullivan – Doomadgee from the air. Coming into land at Doomadgee. The traditional homelands of the Gangalidda, Waanyi, Garrawa and Yunjulla people. Where narrow walking tracks thousands of years old are still in use today. Alice O’Sullivan – Doomadgee from the ground. A simple house in Doomadgee, where ownership of a horse or a cow equals “status”. Hayden Price. It was a lovely day and the pesky sheep are all out to play. First they were apart and all over the shop. After about one hour they came closer and closer and most of them were together and having the time of their life. Maddison Price. This is the Hume Highway. It is 880km long and somewhere along the highway I took this photo on the way to Wagga Wagga. I wanted to take this picture as I was in awe of the clouds, the trees and dead grass. The nice white clouds were hovering in the sky and the long curvy road was plain and boring #loverural. Chris Rissel. Grassfires are common in norther Australia. Often started by lightening strikes, they can be spread by Karrkanj (Brown Falcon) the fire bird, who pick up smouldering or burning branches and drop them in front of the fire front to flush out small prey for them to catch. Chris Rissel. Everyone loves a dip in the beautiful natural water holes in remote Australia. These water holes sustain life of all kinds. This photo was taken along the Jatbula Trail between Nitmuluk Gorge and Leliyn, walked for thousands of years. Brendan Tonson. Walking down the street in Albury sheltered from the hot sun by multicoloured trees shaking in the wind, a brief relief of fresh air from working in covid ward of the local hospital. Brendan Tonson. Breathing in the crisp air in a hot air balloon over Hunter Valley earl in the morning at sunrise. Beverley Turner. Looking forward to a good feed after a hard days work. Beverley Turner. Rain, rain go away come again another day.