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Hervey Bay photographer has talent on tap

Photographer Fran Cross won the theme section of the Fraser Coast Show photography competition.
Photographer Fran Cross won the theme section of the Fraser Coast Show photography competition. Brendan Bufi

FRAN Cross's photo of a stained and dripping bore water tap won first place in the theme of the show photography section.

The Fraser Coast Show's theme was Water Lifeblood of Our Land and Fran snapped the winning shot at a caravan park in Dunmarra, about 700km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory.

When she saw the tap, stained from the high mineral content of the bore water, she thought - "there's the lifeblood of the land, slowly dripping away".

"I think that must've been what the judge thought," Fran said.

The retired Hervey Bay resident has been taking photos for more than 60 years, starting in 1948 when she was given a Box Brownie and upgrading along the way to using a digital camera now.

Fran said she liked to photograph anything except people and birds.

"They don't turn me on," she said. "I'd rather take a picture of a building. If I get a good portrait shot or nature shot, it's an accident.

"I haven't got the time to wait around for a bird to do something interesting."

Fran, an associate of the Australian Photographic Society, has entered the show competition three times. She won best picture in show the first time, second place the second time and returned to the winner's circle this year.

Fran is also an accredited judge with the Photographic Society of Queensland and has judged the Fraser Coast Show competition three times during years that she hasn't entered.

Fran Cross's winning photo of a tap dripping bore water.
Fran Cross's winning photo of a tap dripping bore water. Fran Cross

Topics:  competition, fraser coast show, photographer, tap, winner



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