This photo of Adam Nielsen surfing at South Stradbroke Island earned Blainey Woodham a silver award in the International Aperture Awards.
This photo of Adam Nielsen surfing at South Stradbroke Island earned Blainey Woodham a silver award in the International Aperture Awards.

Sport photos a labour of love

PATIENCE is a virtue.

Just ask Tweed Daily News photographer Blainey Woodham. He had to wait three hours to get one of his three award-winning photos in the recent International Aperture Awards.

The shot of Adam Nielsen surfing off South Stradbroke Island earned Mr Woodham a silver award in the surfing category, placing seventh.

“It was well worth the wait. My legs were pretty sore after all that kicking I did to keep myself above water for the shot,” Mr Woodham said.

“It was just a beautiful day and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”

The 27-year-old also scooped two bronze awards for his landscape shot taken at Kirra and another sporting photo of an unknown skateboarder at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast.

“I first got into photography through sport. I did motocross with mates and then I began shooting it,” Mr Woodham said.

“Then I got into surfing and the same thing happened.”

The International Aperture Awards are the world’s most prestigious international online photography competition.

The competition was open to all professional and non- professional photographers, with a combined prize pool of US$88,000 in cash and prizes.

The judging panel was headed by Better Photography publisher and Better Digital and Better Photoshop Techniques co-publisher Peter Eastway.

Mr Woodham has been working for the Tweed Daily News since 2007.



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