Tasmanian photographer and cinematographer, Matthew Newton, has won the 2017 People’s Choice award in the Head On Photo Festival.


Matthew Newton’s powerful winning image, The Birding, shows community members harvesting mutton birds on one of the Bass Strait islands. © Matthew Newton.

The picture is captioned: “My name is Nathan Maynard, my father is Darrell Maynard and my grandparents were Benjamin Tasman Maynard and Stella Mansell, who were born on Cape Barron and Flinders islands, Tasmania. My family belong to a community that are known as the mutton bird people. A people who harvest the mutton bird which nests in the Bass Strait islands ““ a cultural practice known as ‘birding’. I come from a proud community, a proud family, a proud birding family who have harvested mutton birds every year since the beginning of time. This is my son Clay.”

You can find more of Matthew Newton’s images at http://www.matthewnewton.com.au/ and view all the images from the 2017 Head On Festival at  www.headon.com.au.