Showcasing nature in Marnie Yeates photography competition
A SPIDER devouring a fly, a dew-drop covered butterfly and a pair of tawny frogmouths glowing in golden sunlight.
These were three of the stand-out images celebrated at the 12th annual Marnie Yeates Nature Photography Competition.
The competition was created in memory of the late Marnie Yeates who was, among many things, an intrepid explorer, nature photographer and city councillor.
It's organised by the C.ex Coffs Camera Club, which Marnie was an active member of, with prizes donated by Fletchers Fotographics and C.ex Coffs.
This year's competition attracted more than 100 entries with subject matter spanning a diversity of landscapes, insects, birds, marine life and geology.
Winners were announced at the exhibition opening, at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery, on Friday night.
Coordinator of the C.ex Coffs Camera Club, Annie Brauer said the images were judged by three prominent local photographers.
Criteria included technique, composition, subject matter and wow factor.
Jan Morrison was the overall winner with her macro image Spider and Fly, while Margherita Standing's photo Caper White Butterfly and Helen Rushton's shot Catching the Rays were highly commended.
In the junior section, Luca Hems, who is just 13 and goes to Woolgoolga High School, won an encouragement award for her piece Starfish.
And Lillian Kok-McCosker, 16, from Bishop Druitt College got a certificate of merit for Smiley. (Both Starfish and Smiley are pictured below).
Head to the Bunker Cartoon Gallery to see the exhibition, which runs until December 6.
Photos are available for purchase, starting at $80.