“JUMPING MONK” PIC MAKES IT INTO FINALS OF THE WORLD’S RICHEST PHOTO COMPETITION

Some time on a hot Brisbane Sunday last year – in between the gardening and looking for excuses to get out of it – I wandered into the office and surfed the net to discover the world’s richest photography competition- the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photographic competition (HIPA for short). It was calling for entries.

No big deal I discovered; just a matter of sending in a pic and a few details over the internet that related to the theme “Challenge” and I could be in the running for the AUD$25,000 first prize.

So, I trawled through the archives and sent in this picture (below) thinking little more of it – until today when I received this message: “Your photograph has qualified for the final stages of the judging.

Now I may well be a long way from that first-class ticket to Cuba but, given the entries it would have attracted worldwide, I’m feeling pretty happy to have come this far – particularly as it’s the first international competition I’ve entered.

I’ll keep you posted…..hopefully from Havannah.

“The contender”