LDC Photography Competition

Celebrating the

‘Heart and Soul’ of the BBB

(Bowen Broken Bogie




The Bowen Broken Bogie (BBB) catchment is a beautiful part of our world that features beautiful landscapes and hard working, salt of the earth people.  It has inspired us to celebrate the heart and soul of the BBB through a photography competition. We’re looking for amazing stand alone images that capture ‘our environment’, ‘our people’ and ‘our work’ to show off all the BBB offers.

In addition to a $1300 prize pool the finalists and category winners will feature in the Landholders Driving Change 2020 calendar.  They will also be exhibited at the Landholders Driving Change ‘Beer, Buckles & Boots’ social in Collinsville in September.

Key dates

Our photo competition has now closed. We thank everyone for their entries and will be announcing the winners of our categories soon.

Winners announced:  6 September at the BBB ‘Beer, Buckles & Boots’ social in Collinsville (winners notified via email).

Competition categories

  • *Professional photographers
  • Non-professional photographers
  • Junior, under 18 years old

* Defined as anyone who runs a photography/videography commercial business, including shooting images for commercial use

There are three photography themes:

  • Our people
  • Our work
  • Our environment

The judge will provide a critique to the winner and runner up of each category.


Our people 

Our environment

Our work


Junior winner – $100 voucher The Tinker Shed

Winners will be judged by Scott Radford-Chisholm

People’s Choice

Winners will be judged by Scott Radford-Chisholm, and the People’s Choice award will be judged by the community at the ‘Beef, Buckles & Boots’ social.

The People’s Choice award will be chosen at the Landholders Driving Change ‘Beef, Buckles & Boots’ social, held in Collinsville on 6 September.  The award will be selected from all seven winners and the winning photo will grace the front cover of the LDC 2020 calendar.

All winners will be notified by email.

A list of the winners will also be published on the Landholders Driving Change website, along with their winning photos

Our people

Entries into this category needs to depict people or a person in some form.  They could capture everyday moments, inside or outside.

Our work

Show us people who are performing their job.  

Our environment

Entries into this category needs to embody the spirit of the outdoors.  They could depict landscape, our climate, wildlife or domestic animals.  People or a person can appear in the photo as being part of or in their environment, but should not be dominant.

This competition is open to everyone except NQ Dry Tropics employees, board members, and Landholders Driving Change project panel members, and the immediate families of such employees, board members and project panel members.

Entries from any digital camera, including smartphones, will be accepted for all competition categories.

All images must be single capture images (no stacking or stitching of images is permitted).

Both colour and monochrome photographs will be accepted.

Photos are to be submitted as a JPEG file and be a maximum 2Mb size.

The number of entries per theme are limited to five.

Images with embedded signatures, watermarks or symbols will not be accepted into the competition.

Only minor burning, dodging, levels/curves, and/or colour correction is acceptable, as is minor cropping and the conversion to black and white.

Post production that attempts to misconstrue the authenticity of the scene presented to the photographer is not permitted.

Entry into the junior under 18 section, requires parent or guardian permission.

The photographer will retain copyright of the image but grants NQ Dry Tropics to use the image in any future publications without limitations. NQ Dry Tropics will acknowledge the photographer of the image in any publication.

To submit an entry the entrant needs to provide full Name (Christian and Surname), address, contact phone number, and the photo category they are entering. The entrant also agrees to having their photo taken with the winning image for promotional purposes.

Before submitting a photo, the entrant is responsible for taking all steps necessary to protect the right of publicity and other rights of persons depicted in the work, including but not limited to obtaining their permission, to avoid problems related to infringement of their rights.

Notification of winners will be announced at the ‘Beef, Buckles & Boots’ event on Friday, 6 September held at the Collinsville Community Centre.  Winners will also be announced via email and in the October edition of The Grit – the Landholders Driving Change online newsletter.  

Winners who are unavailable to collect their prize at the ‘Beef, Buckles & Boots’ event, must collect their prize from the NQ Dry Tropics Bowen office, 35 Don Street, Bowen, within two months.

All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. 

The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Photographers retain ownership of all copyrights. However, by submitting an image for entry in this contest, you automatically give NQ Dry Tropics permission and rights to store, display, and use the image, its thumbnails, and your name as the photographer, indefinitely in any non-commercial media without notification or compensation.

All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.

We value your privacy. All personal collected information through entry to this competition will be only used for the purposes of this competition and will not be disclosed, sold or transferred to any third party or company. All collected personal information will be deleted from our servers at the end of the competition and not used for any further purposes excepting those outlined in these terms and conditions. Please view our Privacy Policy here.

Scott Radford-Chisholm Biography

Scott’s love of Press Photography started back in his primary school days, where he had his first photo published in a local Brisbane newspaper. He acquired his first 35mm camera at age 12 and built his own darkroom at his parents’ home much to his mum’s dislike at losing her laundry every evening.

After constant knocking on the doors of the local paper, Scott was finally offered part time work where he was able to see first hand what the media industry was about. His passion continued through school and then on to tertiary education where he studied photography at the Queensland College of Art. It was during this period that Scott looked at other aspects of photography including wedding and portraiture, but soon realised his aim was to become a press photographer and work in the media industry. 

After two years of study, Scott was offered a cadetship at Sun Newspapers, Brisbane, in 1988. The unfortunate closure of this newspaper three years later saw him looking for work elsewhere. He stayed a further six months in Brisbane, working for the Brisbane edition of the Sydney Sunday Telegraph. From here he moved to northern New South Wales and worked for three months with the Northern Star in Lismore, in a relieving role. 

After then pounding the streets of Sydney, a position for a photographer was advertised at the Townsville Bulletin. Scott moved to the north in 1993. He progressed his way up the ladder to the position of Chief Photographer / Pictorial Editor, which he held from 1998 to November 2019.

The job has taken Scott to all parts of Queensland, around Australia, and abroad.  His dedication was rewarded in many ways including travelling nationally with Townsville Suns Basketball (now ex Crocodiles) and North Qld Cowboys Rugby League teams, as well as two assignments to East Timor – once for the Townsville Bulletin and the other for the News Limited Group.  A career highlight was being part of the News Limited / Corp photographers team at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and covering Australian Army personnel stationed in the Solomon Islands. 

Scott has now ventured into the world of small business, and has opened his first home studio called HeadPix By SRC, catering to those who wish to update their profile images, or corporate images.

Over the years, he has been rewarded with many Press Photography awards. These include:

World Rural Press Photo Awards 2018 – Best Landscape Nature Photography Winner

National Rural Press Awards 2018 – Best Landscape Nature Photograph

QLD Rural Press Awards 2018 – Best Landscape / Nature Photograph

QLD Rural Press Awards 2017 – Best Landscape/Nature Photograph

News Awards 2005 – Runner Up Highly Commended News Photo

Qld Media Awards 2005 – Winner Best News Photograph

Older People Speaking Out Awards 2004 – Finalist

Walkley Awards 2004 – Finalist (Best Daily Life Photo) & Commended in Regional Suburban Photography

North QLD Media Awards 2004 – Best News Photograph

United Nations Media Peace Awards Finalist – 2004

Surf Lifesaving QLD Media Awards 2004 – Best Photo Surf Lifesaving

Surf Lifesaving QLD Media Awards 2003 – Best Photo Surf Sports

Hurley Awards for Press Photography 2000 – Best News Photograph

North Qld Media Awards 2000 & 2001 – Best Sports Photograph

QLD Turf Racing Journalism Awards 2000 – Best Action Photo

Hinchliffe Awards for Excellence in Regional and Suburban Journalism 1996 – Best News Photograph

MBF Health & Well Being Awards 1997 – State Finalist, Best Photograph

MBF Health & Well Being Awards 1996 – State Winner, Best photograph

QLD Finalist Walkley Awards 1996 – Best News Photograph

Hurley Awards for Press Photography 1996 – 2nd Place, Photo Essay

CBA Basketball Awards 1996 – Best Action Photograph

CBA Basketball Awards 1995 – Best Action Photograph

NQ Dry Tropics is leading the Landholders Driving Change project, a large-scale water quality and land improvement project that is being rolled out in the Bowen Broken Bogie (BBB) catchment to tackle erosion and improve land management, productivity and reef water quality. 

The project is focused on the high-priority BBB catchment near Bowen and Collinsville. It is an area which produces almost a quarter of the fine sediment load that ends up on the Great Barrier Reef. 

From the very start, we asked local graziers to get involved and put forward ideas about how to keep soil on the land and to improve productivity. This project combines graziers’ knowledge with the latest scientific research. It will trial and develop solutions designed to remove the social, financial and technical barriers to practice change. 

And because erosion isn’t just an issue for graziers, this project aims to involve all land managers in the BBB, including mines, utilities, government departments and councils. For the first time, a project at this scale aims to work with a whole community to achieve long-term economic, social and environmental benefits. 

Landholders Driving Change is piloting a new model of program delivery, championed by NQ Dry Tropics for a long time. If it works well, this delivery model may be transferred to other catchments in the reef community.

Landholders Driving Change is a Burdekin Major Integrated Project funded by the Queensland Government through the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program.

Any queries or requests for further information can be emailed to LDCphotocompetition@nqdrytropics.com.au

Gullies more likely in dispersive soilsPress Release - May 10, 2017

Gully expert, Associate Professor Andrew Brooks

A LEADING gully expert working on NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change project says that unstable soils in some areas of the Bowen, Broken, Bogie (BBB) catchment are especially prone to erosion.

Gully expert, Griffith University Associate Professor Andrew Brooks, is working alongside graziers, other scientists and technical experts to design land condition and water quality improvement solutions in the BBB catchment near Collinsville, under the Queensland Government-funded project.

Mr Brooks said: “Gullies are a nuisance for landholders; undermining fences, stockyards and roads – and eventually contributing to reduced available productive land. They are also a major source of sediment runoff into local waterways and the Great Barrier Reef.

“Gullies are a natural landscape process that has been accelerated by human activity over the last 100-150 years.  Some soil types are particularly susceptible to erosion, and some of the soil in this region is highly-dispersive and unstable.

“The problem is that it only takes a small disturbance in the protective top soil for water to get in and expose the subsoils, which literally dissolve on contact, ending up with large expanses of gullies. If left untreated, they will continue to erode until there is no material left”, Mr Brooks said.

He explained that landholders can manage many smaller gullies fairly easily using techniques ranging from increasing ground cover and reducing local grazing pressure, to stabilising with hay bales and rock check dams. But once they get too large they become harder, if not impossible for graziers to manage, and require specialist engineering solutions.

“These larger, what we call alluvial gullies are found on maybe less than 0.2 per cent of the total landscape but could be delivering up to 50 per cent or more of the total sediment load in the BBB region. Most of these big gullies first formed more than 100 years ago when grazing first began in the region. They require specialist management, but have to be addressed to achieve the water quality improvements the Landholders Driving Change project is aiming for.

“This project is different and a great model because all stakeholders groups are coming together around the table at the outset to share knowledge and gain a common understanding of the problem.  During this project, we’ll have the chance to better understand the kind of gullies out there, where they are, how best to fix them, and how much that might cost.

“We’ll be trialling a range of methods to tackle all types of gullies – there is no “one size fits all” strategy. I believe no gully is unmanageable as long as we apply the right techniques. As we get better and more efficient we hope to deliver these solutions at reduced costs. As we set out to repair existing gullies it’s crucial that activities such as road building or inappropriate powerline maintenance don’t create new ones”, Mr Brooks said.

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Policy Engagement

THE Policy Engagement program aims to support BBB landholders to cut through regulatory red tape that may be preventing them from adopting practice changes.



BBB Grazier Support

More than 90 per cent of land in the BBB is used for grazing. The BBB Grazier Support program aims to provide all local graziers with education, training, technical support and incentives to help them adopt improved land management practices.

MORE than 20 grazing properties across the BBB catchment are taking part in the whoa boy project. LDC hosted landcare specialist and plant operator Darryl Hill to deliver erosion control grader training to landholders and local contractors who are now undertaking erosion control works across the catchment.

THE Collinsville small vehicle washdown facility was officially opened in October by Cr Peter Ramage, Whitsunday Regional Council (WRC). The facility, in Darby Munro Park in Collinsville, is available for anybody to use and is designed to reduce the spread of weeds such as prickly pear and lantana across primary production land in the BBB catchment.

GRAZING practice change is central to the Landholders Driving Change (LDC) project because it is the proven most cost-effective way of improving water quality. Graziers can adopt a wide range of activities to help meet water quality targets.

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Exploring New Incentives

LDC works closely with landholders to investigate a range of approaches that reward good practice, and identify which options to pursue in the BBB. These could include market-based approaches such as grants, concessional loans, insurance mechanisms, stewardship payments, stamp duty relaxation, rate rebates, taxes, levies or market premiums. Some practice changes may only require short-term financial assistance, while others may need additional support to help maintain long-term benefits.

EXPLORING New Incentives is an important component of the LDC project, working with landholders to investigate a range of approaches that reward good practice. LDC engaged CSIRO along with James Cook University and Natural Decisions to research and scope potential institutional arrangements that are realistic in the short term to support ongoing improved practice adoption and landscape remediation over the medium to long term. That report and recommendations is now complete.


Influencing Other Land Managers

MORE than 90 per cent of land in the BBB is used for grazing. The BBB Grazier Support program aims to provide all local graziers with education, training, technical support and incentives to help them adopt improved land management practices.

LAND access laws for government agencies and utility companies who access properties in North Queensland must be strengthened to safeguard farmers’ best interests, graziers say.

BURDEKIN graziers are adopting management practices for a more sustainable and productive farming future – and the 2016 results prove it. The estimated annual average total suspended sediment lo

Landscape Remediation

GULLY erosion causes approximately 65 per cent of the fine sediment load that comes from the BBB. The Landscape Remediation program aims to develop fast, effective and economical approaches to gully remediation.

LANDHOLDERS Driving Change is conducting a large-scale gully remediation project on Mt Wickham. LDC staff walked the landscape with local contractors and representatives from ecological engineering firm Verterra, a principal partner on the project, who developed the gully remediation technical design.

PROBLEM gullies are the focus of the first Landscape Remediation sites in the Landholders Driving Change project throughout the BBB catchment. Landholders could have possible sites assessed as part of the project. BBB landholders also have available a suite of funded on-ground works.

THANKS to the landholders who nominated potential gully remediation works, all of which will be  will be assessed and prioritised. The aim is to develop fast, effective and economical approaches to gully remediation, drawing upon the knowledge of graziers and technical specialists.

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Q2 - More than 90 per cent of the NQ Dry Tropics NRM region land is used for grazing, about 6 per cent is government-protected areas (National Parks etc), about 1 per cent is forestry, about 1 per cent is used for growing sugar cane and 1 per cent is other primary production land.

Q3 - There were 1.3m cattle in the area as at the 2015-2016 census. Check it out here.





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