The Australian Petroleum Production Exploration Association organizes the competition every year, and this year featured a variety of themes by workers at oil and gas sites across the country.
This year, nearly 200 entries from across Australia were received for the awards. The winning photographs can be seen at the bottom of this article.
Canberra mum Kyrie Ferguson won the 2022 overall winner award with a photo titled Why we do it.
The artwork features her husband’s weathered hand as he returns from the site holding his young son.
“I said, ‘I want to take a picture of you and Blake holding hands.’ It didn’t take long to shoot. But I’m still looking at Ty’s hands. a laborer,” Ferguson said.
“So it’s probably the perfect rendition of him that’s going to work. With Blake – that’s why we all do it. I also did a few more shots, but this shot turned out to be the best.”
There are three other winning categories – for people, environment and community.
The winner in the People category was Michael Edmondson, employee of Chevron, for his image Sunset Reward.
The photograph shows three employees silhouetted against an orange sky at John Wayne Beach.
Edmondson took the photo at an event where family members could come to the island.
“Someone called me to take pictures of the wallaroos,” he said.
“When I looked back and saw the silhouettes of people against the setting sun, it looked like a beautiful composition.”
The Environment category was awarded to Beach Energy employee Aletta Bussenschutt for a piece titled Somewhere over the Rainbow, depicting a picture-perfect rainbow arch above the Ocean Onyx Platform in Bass Strait, Australia. off Victoria.
Bussenschutt said rainbows across the ocean were a common sight, but everyone was different.
“I took the photo from a support vessel for the Ocean Onyx, a SIEM anchor handling vessel in Bass Strait. A gust had just passed and another was approaching,” they said.
The final category, for the community, was won by geologist Philip Allen who viewed the award-winning shot while working for Central Petroleum in Mereenie, Northern Territory.
It features an image of a tank truck in an arid landscape with a sunset.
“Drilling rigs require a fresh water supply, so the truck driver drives once or twice a day to make sure the rig has a water supply,” Allen said. .
“It’s very nice to work there. It’s one of the pleasures – because the scenery is so stunning and you get these amazing sunrises and sunsets.”