Bunbury Camera House has joined the City of Bunbury and local silicon smelter Simcoa Operations in the City of Bunbury Cultural Exchange photo competition, with the top prize two tickets to visit Bunbury’s Japanese sister city, Setagaya.
Setagaya is a southern district of Tokyo, while Bunbury is an industrial port city around 200 kilometres south of Perth. The competition will result in a photographic exhibition which will be displayed in both cities.
‘For a community-based photo competition with no cost of entry, the opportunity to win a trip to Japan should attract entries from Bunbury and, we hope, beyond,’ said Camera House proprietor, Ian Peterson (pictured right). ‘We’re pretty excited to be involved in something with the local council this big and bold.’
The theme of the competition is ‘Cultures of Bunbury’. The photographic challenge is to snap a photo of a person or persons in Bunbury showcasing their culture, accompanied by a short description (100 words) telling their story. The top 40 photos will be displayed on the Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
‘We have a strong multicultural community here and this competition is actively supporting the cultural diversity of the city,’ said Ian.
The grand prize includes a tour of Tokyo, three nights accommodation for two in Setagaya and a photography workshop with a local Japanese photographer. As well as contributing to the first prize, Runners up win prizes including ProMaster camera accessory packs from Bunbury Camera House. .
The competition also has Youth and ‘Digital Explorer’ (over 55) categories with ProMaster prizes included.
‘Bunbury Camera House has supported local community events in the past but this is something much bigger. We hope it serves the purpose of promoting cultural awareness,’ said Ian. ‘And of course, support creative photography at the same time.’