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2 October, 2021

Local photographer secures tenth award

A HIGHLY awarded Tablelands based photographer has secured his tenth Wildlife Photographer of the Year award after submitted a locally taken photo dubbed, “Mushroom Magic.”

By Rhys Thomas

Tablelands based photographer Juergen Freund has won his tenth Wildlife Photographer of the Year award with his recent entry in the Plants and Fungi category

A HIGHLY awarded Tablelands based photographer has secured his tenth Wildlife Photographer of the Year award after submitted a locally taken photo dubbed, “Mushroom Magic.” 

Juergen Freund has been living on the Tablelands for nearly a decade and in Far North Queensland for around two decades, he was gifted his first camera when he was 18, around 40 years ago. 

“I used to live in Germany back then and I would photograph whatever was available,” Juergen said.

“It was fantastic, I had what I had.”

Amongst a record-breaking number of submissions, numbering over 50,000 from photographers in 95 countries, Juergen achieved a Highly Commended Award for his submission in the Plants and Fungi category.

In the past marine life had been the main subject of Juergen’s photos however since COVID Juergen hasn’t ventured out to the ocean as often, looking to his local landscapes for inspiration. 

Juergen has adopted a “submit and forget” policy when it comes to submitting his photographs, that way he always gets a nice surprise when he finds out he won.

“You always hope to win, but you should not expect to,” he said.

“It still gives you the same rush, but I tend to submit and then forget.

“I don’t want to sit and dwell on it.”

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