Far Souh Coast photography enthusiast group the Sapphire Snappers have scored a coup with internationally awarded photographer Luke Tscharke announced as judge for their winter photography competition.

Entries for the competition close on September 1, with winners announced at a gala event at Longstocking Brewery on September 15.

Mr Tscharke is renowned for his Australian landscape, nature, and travel photography as well as for being a social media influencer based in Hobart. He is passionate about inspiring people to travel and see the beauty in the world around them. 

Tim Britten, “Bush and Beach, Wallagoot” – winner of the Sapphire Snappers summer photo competition

In keeping with his expertise, Mr Tscharke will be judging the landscape, seascape and photo of the year categories.

Mr Tscharke is a regular contributor to Australian Geographic Magazine, including two magazine covers, and his first story in the magazine being published in January 2017 on the remote Western Arthur Range in Tasmania. He is an accredited professional photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and runs photography workshops to over a hundred clients each year across Australia.

Mr Tscharke has been fascinated by the natural environment ever since he was a child, and has been able to merge this interest with his love of bushwalking to be able to photograph some of Australia’s most stunning and wild natural environments.

Mr Tscharke has a large social media following across Instagram and Facebook, with more than 100,000 followers across the platforms. He is a regular visitor to the Sapphire Coast hosting photography workshops around the area, and is responsible for putting local attractions including Horse Head Rock, Camel Rock and Wallaga Lake on the photography map.

Helping judge the Sapphire Snappers Winter Photography Competition will be Jacqui Smith from Wheelers Restaurant. She will look after the categories of wildlife, aerial, people and action.

There are only a handful of days left to enter. Upload your photos (click here) that best capture the essence of winter on the Sapphire Coast. All photos must have been taken between June and August 31, 2018, on the Sapphire Coast and up to six entries per person will be accepted.

Competition closes September 1 with winners announced on September 15.


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