Judges, Sponsors and Prizes


Without sponsorship our event would not be possible and so your support and patronage of all our sponsors is very much appreciated.

Home of Spring in the Hills, the City of Kalamunda is an Eastern Metropolitan city serving over 57,000 residents around the Darling Scarp and the foothills.

There are heaps of things to see and do in our City. Want to know more? Go to the What’s On page on the website.

With over a decade in the industry, Mark of MarkB Images has been able to develop a unique look in his work. You can be sure that when you commission Mark to capture your project you will receive a personable service, his attention to detail is second to none.

Mark can provide a one on one consultation to get to know your company and help you, tell your story. Devoting his life to the photographic industry, Mark regularly speaks at camera clubs and holds workshops throughout the year. He is also an accredited Judge with the West Australian Photographic Judges Association and a member of the The Australian Photographic Society.

Mark had the honour of being awarded the West Australian Professional Photographer of the Year for 2019 by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography as well as the Commercial Photographer of the Year. The only governing body in Australia for Professional Photographers.

You can email Mark at info@markbimages.com or contact him on 0450 151 781.

Fitzgerald Photo Imaging is a professional photo laboratory and digital bureau located in North Perth, Western Australia. They handle all aspects of photographer workloads by concentrating on production and workflow issues.

They are at 350 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, 6006. Contact them on 9328 3788.

Located in their own store at 210 Great Eastern Highway in Midland, Midland Camera House have just about anything that a photographer could need or want.

With not only a full range of cameras, lens, lighting setups, drones, bags and photographic accessories Midland Camera House now
provides a full print service, which is complete with their own custom matt board cutting facilities.

Some of the range that they stock are:

  • Canon Bodies & Lenses
  • Nikon Bodies & Lenses
  • Sony Bodies & Lenses
  • Olympus
  • Fujifilm
  • Panasonic
  • Sigma Lenses
  • Tamron Lenses
  • DJI Drones
  • Tripods
  • Studio Lighting
  • BlackRapid Slings, Straps and bags
  • Manfrotto
  • ProMaster
  • and the list just goes on.

Benchmark Consultants have been a great supporter of “Spring In The Hills” for several years now and it is great to announce their continued support this year.

Located in Barber House at 16 Mead St Kalamunda, Benchmark Consultants specialise in many area of Financial Planning, Superannuation, Insurance, Retirement and
Estate Planning. The team at Benchmark Consultants pride themselves on build relationships with their clients not just customers.

So for all your life planning needs please call Peter Stewart or the team at Benchmark Consultants on 08 9293 2922


Another long-term supporter of Spring In the Hills, Team Digital is one of Western Australia’s leading imaging suppliers, catering for the needs of the professional photographer, the photographic enthusiast, education and business.

Team Digital has over 35 years of experience providing leading brand products, advice and after-sales support from its showroom at 5 Coolgardie Terrace Perth, displaying an extensive range of specialist equipment and allowing customers a hands on experience with the products on show.

To find out more, contact Ben Walton or one of the team on 9328 3377

Camera Electronic has been loving photography for nearly 50 years and strive to service, educate and support your photographic and imaging solutions. Camera Electronic focuses on customer service, competitive prices and providing photographers & videographers with premium photographic equipment and knowledge.

See Frank, Howard and the rest of the team to get advice about all things photographic.
Their stores are at 230 Stirling St, Perth and 2/324 Murray St, Perth. Or call them on
08 9428 7200

Araluen Botanic Park is an extraordinary garden, nestled in serene Australian bushland setting. The precinct areas are perfect for self reflection. Their vision is to create a unique, world-class botanic park of great natural beauty and tranquillity, which is accessible to and remembered by all who visit.

Go and visit them at 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone WA 6111 or contact them on 08 9234 2200

Rottnest Express is the largest & fastest ferry operator servicing Rottnest Island.

To make a booking to Quokka Land call them on 1300 467 688.

The Perth Observatory is Western Australia’s oldest observatory which is located 35 km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served WA for over 120 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education through Day Tours for schools and Night Sky Tours for the public. In recognition of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state’s Heritage Register in 2005.

Since July 2015, Perth Observatory has been managed by the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group, an Australian registered not-for-profit organisation. The Observatory is maintained by our tireless volunteers who work hard to ensure that the public can continue to be amazed and inspired by our Southern Hemisphere sky.

The observatory is located at 337 Walnut Rd Bickley WA 6076 or given them a call on 08 9293 8255.

Steve Fraser

Australian Geographic describes Steve Fraser as “A master of light and composition who is one of the Australia’s foremost landscape photographers. Steve has a spirit of adventure and the desire to share some of the world’s incredible locations with others”.

His work has featured in books, leading magazines, and exhibitions all over the world. He has been a TEDx speaker in San Francisco, and the keynote speaker at International Photography week.

Steve has photographed on more than 130 countries spread across every continent.
His adventures include being part of an Antarctic expedition, trekking through the Andes, riding an off-road motorcycle around the world, diving on ship wrecks in Tonga, crossed the Kalahari Desert solo and living in an Italian palace.

Steve believes that it is important to give back and gives some of his time and skill each year to various not for profit organizations. Steve is currently the ambassador for Water for Africa. He has previously worked with World Vision, International Justice Mission, Transform Cambodia and many others.

Steve has produced four books: Moments In The Light, Inspirational Moments and The Wild Frontier: Western Australia and Fragile.

Alex Cearns

Animal photographer Alex Cearns crafts exquisite animal portraits that convey the intrinsic joy people find in animals. As Creative Director of Perth based Houndstooth Studio, she photographs around 1300 animals every year. Her clients include engaged pet lovers, leading corporate brands and around 40 Australian and international animal charities and conservation organisations.

Her images have been published extensively in worldwide media, books, magazines and ad campaigns. An undisputed leader in her niche, Alex is the recipient of more than 350 awards for her photography, business and philanthropy. She is a Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and an Ambassador for Tamron, Profoto, BenQ, Studio Ninja, Ilford Imaging Australia, and Spider Camera Holster.

Deeply committed to the wellbeing of all creatures great and small, Alex is considered one of Australia’s most passionate champions and voices for animal rescue and wildlife conservation. Her advocacy and philanthropy were distinguished with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2019 from the Council for the Order of Australia for her service to the community through charitable organisations.

She has also been named ‘Australian of the Day’ and the ‘Best Canine Photographer in Australia’ twice. Alex is the published author of five books, with her next due for release in November 2020 with Harper Collins Australia. She regularly judges photography competitions of all levels throughout Australia.


The judging in 2022 is on the digital images. The finalists/winners will be selected by an independent panel of three professional judges. The judging will commence on 13th August. Finalists will be notified by 27th August. *this date is anticipated. There may be a delay if any unexpected episodes occur.

Judges for 2022 are:

Diana Andersen 

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Diana is an award-winning professional photographer with a passion, or perhaps an obsession with animals and animal photography. Her background is in design, both as a practising and exhibiting designer and teaching design. However, torn between artistic pursuits and animals, she eventually gave up art to work with animals as a zookeeper and a wildlife carer. Years on, photography has allowed her to combine her love of animals and art in her images and the articles she writes. Photography allows her to share the beauty and fragility of what she sees through her eyes and her lens.


Johannes Reinhart 



Internationally exhibited photographer Johannes Reinhart was born in Germany and has lived in Perth, Western Australia since 2000. 

His photography is a reflection of his inner world and explores a myriad of themes such as shadow and light, alienation, life, death, loneliness and subcultures.  

Johannes has won the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year and was a Lensculture and HeadOn finalist.  His work has been widely shown and exhibited around the world.  

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Through sponsorship previous prizes have been cash and retail vouchers.

The prize pool for 2022 will be announced once confirmed.