Avid photographer and Camera House Launceston employee, Jong Kim, has won the Joshua Shearer Photographer of the Year award.

The winning entry in the Landscape category in this year’s Camera House Australia Awards: The Tamar River at Tailrace Park, © Jong Kim.

This year’s competition received a record number of entries from across the Camera House network of 55 specialty stores. The competition is designed to celebrate the photographic skills and expertise of Camera House’s talented employees. Camera House Launceston employee, Jong Kim, immigrated to Australia and began working at Camera House Launceston in 2006. While taking photos as a fun hobby at university in 1989, since arriving in Australia, he has developed his photographic expertise and career, taking inspiration from the natural beauty and heritage buildings of his hometown, Launceston.

“For my landscape, I chose a long exposure setting to capture the flowing water of the Tamar River at Tailrace Park, and soft colouring and a blurred effect to convey the peace and tranquility of the setting,” he explained.  “I consciously chose black and white film to highlight the juxtaposition of modern and traditional industrial architectural styles of the historic James Boag Brewery.”

The winning entry in the Architecture category: The historic James Boag Brewery, © Jong Kim.

As the major prize winner, Jong received a $2000 Camera House Gift Card which he plans to spend on updating his current camera. The Camera House Photographer of the Year Award is named after their previous General Manager’s son and former Camera House employee, Joshua Shearer, who died with terminal brain cancer at a young age. The Camera House Photography Awards donate funds to the Australian charity, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, each year.

Click here to view all the winning photos.