Festivale Photography Competition

The Festivale Photography Competition is still open.  Launceston’s premier event celebrating Tasmanian food and wine is over for another year, but there’s still a chance to collect a cash prize.  Entry to the contest is free and images will be accepted until Monday 20 February.

Each entrant is allowed to submit two images for judging.  A photo taken at the actual event could win the Festivale Photography Competition; but not necessarily.  The image just needs to reflect “the Essence of Festivale” to be eligible.  So if you have a taken a great photo and the subject involves Tasmanian food and wine, beer or entertainment… you could be a winner!


 

Photographs selected for judging will be exhibited at the Wursthaus Gallery, Quadrant Mall, Launceston.  The exhibition will be open from Saturday 3 March for two weeks.

The organisers of the Festivale Photography Competition would prefer you to submit your entry online.  If that’s not possible, you can post your photo to PO Box 910, Launceston 7250.  See the Festivale website for further details and conditions, and to check out the gallery of past winners.


Festivale 2012

We had the most fabulous time at Festivale 2012.  Launceston City Park makes a spectacular venue, especially in fine and mild weather.  There’s plenty of seating and shade, with easy access to lots of food and drink stalls.  The idea is to present your Festivale wine glass (which you purchase once for $3) at the wine merchant of your choice.  For between $5 and $7, you can taste Tasmanian wine that might otherwise be difficult to sample.

Festivale Photography Competition - Launceston City Park
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Launceston City Park makes a sensational venue for Festivale

Festivale Photography Competition - Tasmanian Wine
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Clover Hill: purchase a glass of Tasmanian wine at Festivale, Launceston

We found the food well-priced for a decent serve (meals ranged in price from about $6 to $12), and everything we tried was hot and fresh.  There’s such a good variety, the choice was quite difficult.  Next year we’ll get a 3-day pass to Festivale, to make the most of the occasion.  The music was sensational; Luke Bennett was my favourite.

Festivale Photography Competition - Food and Drink
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Food and drink available at Festivale included kid-friendly choices

Festivale Photography Competition - Platter with Wine
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Wine and cheese: platters matched to suit the Tasmanian selection on offer

The kids are not forgotten, with food and drink suitable for them.  The Amazing Drumming Monkeys ARE amazing, and Kids Kingdom (bordered by Sweet-As candy and Kid’s Paradise cupcakes) offered activities for youngsters.  The roving performers added interest and intrigue.  Just how do they walk around on those stilts?

Festivale Photography Competition - Roving Performers
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Performers entertain the crowds, great subjects for the Festivale Photography Competition

Festivale Photography Competition - Sweet-As
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Sharon & George from Sweet-As supply Tasmanian-made rock candy at Festivale

Festivale Photography Competition - Kids Paradise
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Festivale Fairy (Cara Egan) at Kid’s Paradise selling decorated cupcakes

But like I said, it’s all done for this year.  If you haven’t been before (or even if you have!), I would seriously recommend you mark your diary for February 2013, and make it happen.  It’ll be worth it.  The $20-00 adult, full-day entry fee (kids are free) is a good investment considering the entertainment provided.  You can always take your camera along, or whip out your mobile phone, and try to win the Festivale Competition.

Festivale Photography Competition - Entertainment
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Popular musical duo S&M performing at Festivale in Launceston City Park

Festivale Photography Competition - Live Music
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Two stages with constant live music: performers entertaining the Festivale crowd

 The writer and her family were guests of the Festivale committee.  For more
information about the event, see their website or find Festivale on Facebook.

Festivale Photography Competition - Tickets
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Tickets to Festivale supplied to Think Tasmania by the organising committee

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