Trainspotting Photo Winners Announced

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For Immediate Release

17 April 2010

Trainspotting photo winners announced

Saturday 17 April 2010, Maitland, NSW: Powerhouse Museum Director Dr Dawn

Casey announces the overall prize winner and six category winners of the

international Trainspotting photographic competition at one of Australia’s major

steam events, the annual Hunter Valley Steamfest.

David Hill from the United Kingdom is the overall winner for his photo, ‘The Pit’, of

North China’s Zhalai Nouer coal mine taken in December 2006.  The atmospheric

image was selected by a panel of judges for capturing a moment in time.

The photo is a bird’s eye view of several locomotives and their signature plumes of

steam rising high above the horizon over the vast open-cast coal mine.  David Hill

took the photo in December 2006 and has by chance captured a piece of history

because from August 2009 trucks have replaced the steam locos in hauling coal out

of the mine pit.

According to the judges there is a sense of wonderment about the image and a

sense of beauty amongst the grit and dirt of the coal mine.  There is a distinctive

quality about the smoke and steam which is highlighted by the light behind.

The six category winners, including four Australians, are:-

Adrian Roberts from Sydney, winner of the steam trains category for his photo

of the Zimbabwe Railways with dawn light catching a 15th class Garratt, taken July


Mark Morris from Melbourne, winner of the diesel and electric train category

for his photo ‘Sunset over the Victorian Railways’ of the Victorian Railways Diesel

Y159 waiting in the yards as the sun sets in the west and the moon rises in the

cloudy east, taken June 2007.

Robert Parnell from Sydney, winner of the night shot category for his photo that

captures time exposure of a LED signal shining in the cool winter air, with an

approaching freight train, Stuart Town, in New South Wales, taken August 2007.

Dominik Giemza from Marrickville, Sydney, winner of the train spotting

category for his photo ‘Waiting at Wattamondara’, which features two train spotters

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observing a Lachlan Valley Railway Steam Special in the far distance, taken March


Travis Aberle from Washington, USA, winner of the railway infrastructure

category for his photo ‘Washington DC Metro’ which demonstrates the beautiful

symmetry of the station architecture, taken September 2006.

Andrew Gorrie from New Zealand, winner of the railway workers category for

his photo of a worker doing an engine check in the morning at the Silverstream

Railway in Wellington, New Zealand, taken August 2009.

Major prize winner David Hill is awarded AUD$5,000 and the six category winners

each receive AUD$2000.  The winning photos will feature in an exhibition at the

Powerhouse Museum from 7 May 2010.

More than 2,500 entries were received from amateur and professional

photographers around the world to the inaugural photo competition launched by the

Powerhouse Museum in January this year.

The judges were Robbie Buck, 702 ABC Radio presenter and a keen amateur

photographer; Tali Udovich, Director of the Blender Gallery in Sydney which

showcases many local and international artists including photographers; and Mark

Goggin, General Manager of Marketing, Programs and Commercial Services at the

Powerhouse Museum.

‘The judges were amazed by the technical expertise and emotive quality found in so

many of the photos.  It is wonderful to see such a deep passion for photography and

love of trains flowing through the entries,” said Dr Dawn Casey, Director,

Powerhouse Museum.

Visit competition to see the winning photos

and don’t miss them in print at the Powerhouse Museum exhibition from May.  The

seven winning photos will also be on display at Maitland Regional Art Gallery from

23 April.


For media information, interviews and images contact:  Mandy Campbell, Powerhouse

Museum tel: (02) 9217 0551/0422 929927 or

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