Cloncurry photographer and grazier Jacqueline Curley has been named runner-up in a major photography competition for her poignant image from the 2019 North West Queensland floods.
Ms Curley was judged runner-up in the production category of the the International Federation of Agricultural Journalism 2020 Star Prize for Photography competition for her poignant image from the catastrophic weather event in north west Queensland early last year, published in Graziher magazine.
Ms Curley took the photo in February 2019 on her Gipsy Plains property of staff member, Kate Hunter suffering after seeing the death of a favourite cow and her baby and Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Curleys at Gipsy Plains days after the enormous loss of livestock was revealed.
Townsville-based freelance photojournalist Fiona Lake was the winner of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalism 2020 Star Prize for Photography for her exquisitely-composed aerial image of a bullock team published by the Queensland Country Life last September.
Ms Lake's entry had earlier in the evening been announced as the winner of the nature/landscape category.
Commenting on the news, she said the win highlighted the affinity that rural Australians have with their animals.
Her airborne shot looks down on Philip Thomson's bullock team, one of the ways in which the 95th anniversary of the last Cobb and Co trip between Surat and Yuleba was commemorated last year.
Ms Lake has previously been a runner-up in the IFAJ photography awards with one of her favourite photographs, of a chopper pilot leading a mob of cattle from the air.
"I was in the chopper with him and took the photo looking back over his shoulder," she said.
"It was a unique thing to witness and showed such skill.
"I do think photos have to tell a story, not just be staged."
Other Australian winners in the international competition were Canberra-based ABC reporter Brett Worthington, who won the 2020 IFAJ Star Prize for digital media for his multi-platform entry Popping Prosecco's Bubble, and Matt Turner, who took out first place in the people category of the photography competition for his image of young South Australian winemakers, published in the Advertiser's SA Weekend magazine.
The awards would normally be announced during the IFAJ world congress, which Denmark was due to host this year before COVID-19 restrictions were imposed, and was conducted virtually instead.
Australian Council of Agricultural Journalism president Pete Lewis congratulated the winners on their success against the best ag journalism and photography that the 54 IFAJ member nations put up.
"It is terrific to see such outstanding Australian work recognised as the world's best, particularly given how tough things are right now for so many of our journalism colleagues across regional and rural areas," he said. "These stories and photographs join a long list of ACAJ winners in the premier annual international rural journalism awards."
NFF president Fiona Simson added her congratulations to the announcement saying, "our rural journos in Australia are second to none. I'm glad they're globally recognised for it!"