Smorgasboard photography competition winners announced in Newcastle

A cool-toned action shot of Brazilian surfer Marcus Correa at Surfest 2018, described as ‘original and quintessentially Novocastrain’, captured by Newcastle architect and amateur photographer Shane Blue, has taken out the Surfest 2018 Smorgasboard photo competition.

Mr Blue’s action shot was among two other winners: a photo of local skateboarding champion Poppy Starr Olsen in full-flight and an epic action shot of Aussie pro skater RJ Barbaro.

The contest, which drew from a field of social media posts from last month's Surfest events, saw photographers vying for a one-of-a-kind "Newcastle" surfboard made by Jye Byrnes, and two custom-made "Newcastle" skateboard decks.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes announced the winners on Tuesday.

"Surfest and the Australian Bowlriding Championships are two of Newcastle's homegrown events and we are proud to sponsor them both," she said.

"From young skateboarders flying high above the Empire Park skate bowl to crowds soaking up the action at Surfest, the photos we received really demonstrated why these events are must-see attractions for thousands of Novocastrians and visitors to our city."


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