Adelaide photographer named fan favourite in the South Australian Museum’s much loved annual exhibition

02 November 2018

Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams by Ben Goode

The votes have been counted and the people have chosen their favourite photo from the South Australian Museum’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition. The People’s Choice winner for 2018 is Broken Dreams by Adelaide photographer Ben Goode. The photo, which was taken after the Sampson Flat bushfires, was also judged as runner-up in the Landscape category.

“I’m thrilled to be the recipient of People’s Choice award, not only because it’s inspiring to known that your work is being enjoyed by the audience, but also because of the quality of all the other finalists,” said Mr Goode.

“I’ve been through the exhibition and it’s full of incredible photos, so it’s humbling to have been voted as the People’s Choice winner. It’s an honour that visitors responded to the photo in such a powerful manner,” he said.

Mr Goode’s photo depicts the devastation and resulting recovery of the Simpson Flats and Adelaide Hills after the 2015 bushfires.

“Broken Dreams was the product of one of my most rewarding but confronting shoots,” Mr Goode said.

“After the Sampson Flat bushfires swept through the northern Adelaide Hills, I spent a lot of time shooting the aftermath and rebirth during the following year. This particular early morning shoot brought with it fog, and an amazing mood,” he said.

Director of the South Australian Museum Brian Oldman said that Mr Goode’s image had a certain mystery about it that captivated you from first look.

“Broken Dreams not only had a powerful impact on exhibition visitors - it also made a lasting impression on the judges of the competition,” said Mr Oldman.

“The eeriness and stillness conveyed in this haunting landscape opposes the turmoil of the firestorm that occurred here.

“Beautiful details have been captured in the tree trunks – the fire has gone but its effect is palpable,” Mr Oldman said.

The People’s Choice award is voted by visitors to the annual Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition. This year there was a total of 5,437 votes. The winner of the vote receives $500 prize money.

The exhibition, which celebrates the natural world through the lenses of professional, emerging and junior photographers, has proved so popular that it has been extended for one week and is on show until Sunday 18 November. The South Australian Museum owns and runs the competition, and curates the resulting exhibition on an annual basis. The much loved exhibition also travels to venues including the Australian Museum and the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

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Ben Goode, winner of the People’s Choice award
Brian Oldman, Director of the South Australian Museum and a judge of NPOTY 2018

Winning photograph
Winner in exhibition space with his photograph (with or without visitors)
Brian Oldman, Judge and Director of the South Australian Museum.

For more information or to organise an interview contact:
Ashleigh Glynn, Communications Officer, South Australian Museum
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