Jumping for joy family photo wins Joe a new Nikon camera

WINNER: The Chronicle’s I AM Summer winner Joe Sutherland can’t wait to add the Nikon D3300 to his collection.
WINNER: The Chronicle’s I AM Summer winner Joe Sutherland can’t wait to add the Nikon D3300 to his collection. HAYDEN JOHNSON

A PHOTO of his family jumping off a sand dune on Fraser Island has ended in a new Nikon D3300 kit for Hervey Bay man Joe Sutherland.

Mr Sutherland regularly heads over to Fraser Island and when the Chronicle's I AM Summer photography competition began Mr Sutherland was quick to enter.

The photo of his children and wife jumping off the Wungul Sandblow on the island was chosen the winner from more than 400 entries.

JUMPING FOR JOY: Urangan's Joe Sutherland won the I AM Summer prize, a Nikon D3300 camera kit thanks to this stunning holiday shot of his family jumping dunes at Fraser Island.
JUMPING FOR JOY: Urangan's Joe Sutherland won the I AM Summer prize, a Nikon D3300 camera kit thanks to this stunning holiday shot of his family jumping dunes at Fraser Island. Joe Sutherland

"We took a whole series of photos jumping off the sand," he said.

An eye for a good photo runs deep in the Sutherland family.

"My daughter is a mad photographer as well," he said.

"She's got a couple of cameras, she's all set up - this camera will be for me."

Winning the Chronicle's competition has come at a convenient time for Mr Sutherland.

"I was actually looking at upgrading, you've saved me a decision," he said.

A lover of the outdoors, Mr Sutherland enjoys getting out and capturing nature, thanks to Nikon he can now do that with his brand new D3300 kit.

Mr Sutherland said he plans to head straight back to Fraser Island with his new Nikon to see what he can come back with.

"I'm looking forward to using the new camera to see what the resolution is like and see what I can do with it," he said.

The Scottish man worked as a freelance IT technician for the United Nations before moving to the Fraser Coast for the lifestyle.

The Fraser Coast Chronicle would like to thank everyone who entered the competition, with loads of outstanding photographs. 

Check out some of the hundreds of photographs in our photo gallery below. 

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