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CBH Photo Comp Captures Milestones of Regional Life


CBH is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 CBH Photo Competition. This year’s theme; ‘Milestones’ was an opportunity for growers, their families and communities to capture and share the milestones that West Aussies experience living and working in our regional communities.

The winners

From a field of almost 200 photographs submitted to the competition, Jackie Grylls of Corrigin won Best Photograph for her image ‘Bush Christmas. The image features the Bulyee and surrounding communities coming together to share a bush Christmas at their local community hall. Her chosen charity was the Bulyee Community Hall, which will receive a $1,000 donation

Photo Comp Winner

In the Insta Snap category, Jo Ashworth from Kalannie won for snapping the entry ‘Until Next Time, which captured the emotion of the goodbyes when sending regional kids to boarding school. Jo has nominated the Kalannie Youth Ball- Blue Tree Project to receive $500 donation. 

Insta Snap

People’s Choice winner was Merredin entrant Sarah Carr with her image ‘Checking Out the Canola’, with 386 votes – the most we’ve ever had. Sarah’s image captures her son, who was born at 27 weeks, celebrating his milestone of 11 months in the canola crop.

Sarah’s son spent three months in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after birth and they were supported by the Ronald McDonald House WA during this time. She has nominated Ronald McDonald House WA to receive $500 donation. 

 Peoples Choice


The judges

The judging panel included Shannon Verhagen, Senior Journalist at Countryman, Shannon Beattie, Journalist at Farm Weekly Belinda Varischetti, Journalist and ABC WA Country Hour presenter.  We also added the 2021 Winner, Amanda Stewart of Buniche, to the judging panel.

The judges said: “It was a really difficult decision with so many great entries, however we love the Best Photograph because it captures exactly what a true bush Christmas is all about. Christmas is a big milestone to reach each harvest, particularly with the record-breaker last season, but the community still come together to create memories for their children. It is nicely lit and framed and generates such warmth.

“The Insta Snap captured our attention straight away, as it encapsulates the raw emotion of the milestone that is saying goodbye to children when they return to boarding school,” the judges said.

“The range of photos this year was wonderful and there were some great shots we really loved.”

The judges agreed that deciding a winner was difficult this year as there were so many entries of a high standard. They congratulated everyone who submitted a photograph and encouraged everyone to give it a shot next year.

A proud tradition

 CBH Chief External Relations Officer David Paton said the CBH photo competition was a proud tradition that had been running for 22 years.

“This year we chose the theme ‘Milestones’ to encourage entries that showcase what is important to them,” David said. 

“Undoubtedly, 2022 has created many new milestones for our growers and their families as we move through COVID-19.

“Our communities achieve so much and experience not only the highs but the hard times too and we wanted to showcase this through our competition theme.”

To showcase the entries and celebrate the start of harvest, a selection of photos will be exhibited on the ground floor of CBH’s head office building at 240 St Georges Terrace, Perth. 

“The exhibition is a great way to showcase regional life to a metropolitan audience and highlights the achievements and the challenges of our growers,” David said

The exhibition will run from 3 – 21 October and is open to the public during office hours.


The overall competition winner, as judged by the panel, won a $1,500 Crown Perth Accommodation gift voucher plus $1,000 donated to charity of choice.

The People’s Choice winner won a $500 Crown Perth Accommodation gift voucher plus $500 donated to charity of choice.

The Insta Snap winner won a $500 Crown Perth Accommodation gift voucher plus $500 donated to charity of choice.