Local photographer takes out Foto Biennale prize

Mount Glasgow photographer Phil Hartʼs exhibition featuring eclipse photos from Australia and beyond has taken out a top prize at the 2019 Ballarat Foto Biennale.

Mount Glasgow photographer Phil Hart has made a name for himself by capturing stunning images of eclipses in remarkable landscapes, and this month his work was celebrated at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2019.

Mr Hart won the open section of the Biennale with his exhibition featuring photographs of eclipses over both local scenery, such as the Maryborough Railway Station and Waubra’s wind farm to Table Mountain in the USA.

Combining his passion for photography with astronomy to create the 10 unique images in his exhibition, Mr Hart said the award was not something he’d ever considered winning.

A unique photo of a lunar eclipse crossing the sky at the iconic Maryborough Railway Station is part of an award-winning exhibition by Mount Glasgow photographer Phil Hart.

“There were around 68 open program exhibitions so to win the award for that is quite something and not something I ever really imagined I’d be in the running for,” he said.

“I’ve had a long interest in both photography and astronomy which has grown over time. I’ve always had an interest in astronomical events like eclipses or comets and at times photographing those within a landscape of some significance.

“The exhibition is the sum of 10 years of chasing eclipses around Victoria and further afield, and particularly the photography from my trip to the USA.”

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